The Philadelphia Eagles will face the New England Patriots in the team’s second preseason on Monday at 8 p.m. (6ABC/ESPN). The game will be played at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
The Eagles are coming off a 24-23 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 9 at Lincoln Financial Field. The starters are expected to receive extended playing time in this contest.
Although the Eagles won the game, it wasn’t a great showing by the team’s starters. Andy Reid, Eagles head coach, will take a good look at the first team against the Patriots in this preseason contest.
“Well, you do a little bit more,” Reid said. “You will do a little bit more. Not quite what you do for a regular season game. You’re still trying to get a few things knocked out that we need to prepare for but it will be more than what you had last week.”
In the first game, quarterback Michael Vick completed 3-of-4 passes for just six yards before injuring his thumb. Vick will try to get the Eagles offense in high gear against New England.
“I’m very excited about playing against New England,” Vick said. “I’m looking forward to getting out there and playing three quarters, getting into a rhythm, seeing their defense, reacting, and just playing the game and having fun playing the game of football. I’m very excited about that and I can’t wait. Right now, we just have to make sure we get the preparation in.”
The Patriots defeated the Eagles, 38-20, in a regular season game last season at the Linc. Tom Brady, New England’s outstanding quarterback, threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns. Vick was injured and didn’t play in that game. Backup quarterback Vince Young, now with the Buffalo Bills, was the signal caller for the Eagles.
Both teams have quite a history. In 2004, the Patriots edged the Eagles, 24-21, in Super Bowl XXXIX. Brady was the quarterback for New England in all of those games. He’s a great passer. This game should be a good test for the Eagles’ defense.
“You just (saw) how great Tom Brady is,” said Nate Allen, Eagles safety. “He’s a heck of a quarterback, and you need to be on the same page mentally as everybody. If not, he’ll pick you apart. Any kind of weakness in the defense, he’ll spot it right away.”