Patriots-Eagles Super Bowl Rematch in the Preseason
Last night was preseason game number two for the Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. It was a Super Bowl rematch from six months ago, when New England’s defense was awful. However, last night the defense was ready to play. The Patriots opened better with the Eagles than last week when they played the Washington Redskins. Tom Brady started and looked sharp as ever. The 41-year-old quarterback connected with his trusted players on the field the first drive of the game. Brady hit Chris Hogan for the first touchdown of the game. James White also helped move the ball down the field. Overall, Brady threw 19 of 26 for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Eagles.
Defense Was Great, Brady Was Solid
The defense was also good in the win last night. Nick Foles had an opposite performance last night from Super Bowl LII. Adrian Clayborn had a blindside strip sack that led to Ja’Whaun Bentley’s 54-yard touchdown return. Also Deatrich Wise, Adam Butler, and Derek Rivers had a dominant performance on the defensive side of the ball. The cornerbacks are still a question mark for the season. Stephon Gilmore is the number one cornerback on the team as he did have a good training camp this season. Jason McCourty didn’t really have a good game as he was beaten by Philly’s Shelton Gibson for a touchdown in the first half.
Bill Belichick Liked the Effort the Patriots Had but Still Work to Do
Bill Belichick liked the performance last night, but there’s still lots of work to do.
“I thought our guys came out and played really competitively tonight. We got off to a good start. We were able to play from ahead and made some plays in all three phases of the game. Yeah, again, I thought we did some good things. There’s certainly some things we need to work on. It was far from perfect. We’ll take a look at the film, build on the positives and correct the things that need to be corrected.” Belichick said.