Preseason Week 3 for Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles has already come and gone. As we know, the third week is always viewed as the week that looks most like regular season football. This is the week the starters play usually one full half and sometimes into the second half. The offense, led by newly named starter Michael Vick, didn’t disappoint and had quite a few more positives than negatives.
Vick looked sharp throwing and running, racking up 237 all-purpose yards — 184 through the air and 53 on the ground. Vick also threw a nine-yard strike to Riley Cooper for an Eagles touchdown. Cooper is viewed by many as a guy who needs to step up in the absence of playmaking wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. The only miscues in this one for the offense was a sack that Vick took when scrambling out of the pocket and an errant back footed throw that led to his only interception. Other than that, the highly-touted Chip Kelly offense looked pretty sharp in the early going of preseason Week 3.
The Eagles defense showed some pep after looking just alright in the first two preseason games. Linebacker Connor Barwin took command with an interception and a sack of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne. At times, however, the starting defense did seem a little lackluster against an offense that is not known for putting up points in bunches. The defense did reorganize, make adjustments and showed the resilience needed to bend but not break. Overall, this was the showing fans needed to see.
To summarize, the Eagles outgained the Jacksonville Jaguars 452-346 in yardage while adding an additional 189 yards in kickoff and punt returns. The fast-paced Chip Kelly offense looked crisp at times and other times looked like it needed work. The new defensive look did payoff, but was susceptible to bigger plays. Special teams did get their work done and with plays like they made, look for that unit to turn the tide of a few games this season.