Rothman’s First Look

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 By Andrew Porter

Preseason Week 3 – Eagles @ Indianapolis Colts (Saturday, August 27th)

 

First look for the Eagles: Preseason game number three is always the closest to a regular season game, as the starters typically see an extended amount of playing time. The Eagles’ defense will get a true test, against Andrew Luck and the high powered Colts offense.

That Eagles’ defense has fared well in two preseason games, forcing nine takeaways and recording seven interceptions.

Offensively, with Carson Wentz still sore with a rib injury, Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel will take the bulk of the snaps at QB. Rookie running back Wendell Smallwood says he will be a full go at practice this week and hopes to makes his NFL debut on Saturday night.

Also, Eagles wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham should see more work with his new team.

First look for the Colts: Luck, who sat out of the team’s first preseason game, went 8-8 with 71 yards in a 19-18 loss against the Baltimore Ravens last week.

Second-year receiver Phillip Dorsett led the team in receiving with 37 yards on three catches against the Ravens. Dorsett, along with T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Dwayne Allen, and Frank Gore provide Luck with a slew of dangerous offensive weapons.

First look for the game: The Colts possess one of the league’s top offenses, providing a true test for Jim Schwartz and the exciting new Eagles’ defense.

Defensively, the Colts ranked 24th in the NFL against the pass last year. Sam Bradford, who threw for just 115 yards on 14 completions against the Steleers, and the Eagles’ wide receivers hope to get going against the Colts.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Eagles +3 at Colts

Saturday, Auguat 27th at 7:00 p.m. – Eagles at Colts @ Lucas Oil Stadium

 

Preseason Week 2 – Eagles @ Pittsburgh Steelers (Thursday, August 18th)

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles enter Week 2 of the preseason coming off a 17-9 win over the Bucs. However, in their preseason opener last week, Sam Bradford and the starting offense only played three snaps thanks to a recovered fumble on the opening kickoff and a short touchdown drive.

Eagles rookie running back Wendell Smallwood is hoping to make his NFL debut.

Defensively, the Eagles’ front recorded three sacks against the Bucs. The leader of that unit, Fletcher Cox, was in midseason form recording a sack, strip, and fumble recovery on the same play.

However, as expected, the Eagles’ wide receivers and cornerbacks struggled and look to improve this week against the Steelers.

Rookie QB Carson Wentz suffered a hairline fracture in his ribs and will miss Thursday’s game. Mychal Kendricks, Mike Martin, Jordan Matthews, Jalen Mills, and Hunter Sharp have all be ruled out for the Birds.

New Eagles wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham will also not play.

First look for the Steelers: The Steelers opened their preseason slate with a 30-17 loss to the Detroit Lions last week. Their big three of Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown did not play in last week’s game. They are not expected to play again on Thursday.

Fitzgerald Toussaint and Daryl Richardson will continue to battle for the team’s No. 3 running back position.

Defensively, the Steelers are planning on playing their starters.

“We’re in a different stage of development collectively defensively than we are offensively,” said Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

First look for the game: The teams enter 2016 with different perspectives and expectations.

The Steelers enter the season with Super Bowl expectations, boasting arguably the NFL’s most talented offensive. The Eagles, however, are built to win with their aggressive defensive style under new coordinator Jim Schwartz.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Eagles +3.5 at Steelers

Thursday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m. – Eagles at Steelers @ Heinz Field 

 

Preseason Week 1 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Eagles (Thursday, August 11th)

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles embark a new season under first-year head coach Doug Pederson and a cloudy, three-pronged quarterback situation.

All eyes will be on the quarterbacks as Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel, and rookie QB Carson Wentz are all expected to play with Wentz starting and playing the bulk of the second half.

Defensively, we will get a glimpse of the Eagles’ new 4-3 system under aggressive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

Offensive guard Brandon Brooks, safety Rodney McLeod, cornerback Leodis McKelvin, and cornerback Jalen Mills are four notable players expected to make their Eagles debuts.

Inactive for the Eagles: Jason Peters, Malcolm Jenkins, Jordan Matthews, Mychal Kendricks, Malcolm Smith, Wendell Smallwood

First look for the Bucs: The Bucs also enter the season under a first-year coach, in Dirk Koetter.

Koetter, who was the team’s offensive coordinator, helped mold No. 1 overall pick QB Jameis Winston to a 4,000 yard rookie season. On November 22nd, Winston tied an NFL rookie record throwing for 5 touchdowns against the Eagles in a win at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Bucs boasts a ton of first-string offensive weapons other than Winston with receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and running backs Doug Martin and Charles Sims.

Defensively, many are excited for the debut of the Bucs’ 11th overall pick cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, who has been taking some first-string snaps during practice.

First look for the game: Both teams will be displaying new styles, systems, and coaching techniques on Thursday night.

While the starters are expected to play for both teams, it shouldn’t be for too long. In preseason game No. 1, the key is to stay healthy.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Eagles -3 vs. Bucs

Thursday, August 11th 7:00 p.m. – Bucs at Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field

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