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The Philadelphia Foles..err, Eagles, defeated the Cleveland Browns 27-10 in Game 3 of the 2012 preseason.
new most popular player in Philadelphia, Nick Foles, continued his
preseason shock-and-awe show by completing 12 of 19 passes for 146
yards, 2 TDs and one interception.
Foles was picked-off on his
second pass attempt after launching a bomb down the field for DeSean
Jackson, who was double-covered. At that point, fickle Eagles fans were
breaking their ankles from jumping off the Foles bandwagon.
However, it didn't take that long before those same fans jumped right back on...
After the defense forced a turnover that gave the Eagles the ball
inside the Browns' red zone, Foles showed nice patience and subtle
movement in the pocket while surveying the field and finally finding
Brent Celek open for the touchdown.
Foles was very "veteran-looking" on that play.
his second touchdown pass, Foles again looked sharp as he split two
defenders on a laser over the middle to Dion Lewis for the score.
almost had a third touchdown pass, a beautifully placed outside ball to
Damaris Johnson in the end zone. The play was initially ruled a
touchdown but was called back after replays showed Johnson didn't get
his second foot in-bounds.
Overall, Foles had another impressive performance, and this time it was against the opponent's first-team defense.
Johnson only caught two passes for 58 yards, including an excellent
45-yard catch over former Eagles CB Sheldon Brown. Johnson also had a
touchdown catch called back because he didn't get his second foot
The non-TD catch was a good one though. Foles placed
the ball behind and to the outside where Johnson made a nice adjustment
to make the catch.
Johnson also averaged 14.5 yards per return
on four punts, including a 30-yarder. Though he bobbled his first punt,
he bounced back for a good game and is still the favorite for the job
heading into the season.
Other random notes from the game:
There was an apparent bad miscommunication between the linebackers on
the first Browns drive of the game. Brandon Weeden completed a short
pass over the middle to Alex Smith on a 2nd and 19 play.
entire middle of the field was empty and no defenders in sight. After
Smith caught the ball, you could see Brian Rolle and DeMeco Ryans come
in from the top of the TV screen in pursuit.
Easy first down for Alex friggin Smith.
Derek Landri continues to have an impressive preseason as well. In the
first quarter he stripped Weeden of the football and showed his "army
crawl hustle" as he tried to recover the loose ball that Trent Cole
- Demetress Bell continued to show why King
Dunlap has surpassed him on the depth chart. Bell entered the game with
the first string and immediately whiffed on a defender that tackled
LeSean McCoy in the backfield.
It was McCoy's only carry of the night, for -4 yards.
Keenan Clayton made an appearance last night as he blocked a punt and
had a nice PBU (pass break-up) on defense. He's making a late push for a
roster spot ahead of players like Akeem Jordan and Ryan Rau.
Rau, by the way, is the guy who made the nice hit to force a Browns fumble in the red zone.
- Phillip Hunt and Brandon Graham also continued their excellent
camps and preseasons respectively. Between them both, they had several
pressures and two sacks.
- Brett Brackett helped his caused by
catching three passes for 34 yards and a touchdown. On the score, he
fought through defenders and stretched the ball out to the goal-line.
It was an impressive play by him.
- UDFA safety Phillip Thomas stood out by
making some nice tackles and making plays in coverage. He is still a
long-shot to make the roster, but could be practice squad material.
Lastly, I have to say that I'm glad that the Eagles Television Network
does not broadcast the regular season games. If they did, I'd go nuts!
were multiple snafus on seeing the right angles on replays and missing
penalty calls by the refs. The camera folks are easily faked out by
where the ball is on a given play as well.
It's torture watching the game like that.