There won’t be much the Eagles offense will want to take away from Thursday’s first half performance. While there was plenty of sloppy tackling from the defense, it pales in comparison to the performance of the offense. I understand that there wasn’t a Peters, Sproles, Jeffery, Agholor, or Wentz. However, I still would have liked to see better from our Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. Three turnovers are just unacceptable. Although in fairness, he had to deal with Vatai getting bull-rushed into his back multiple times. Peters will fare much better when he is at left tackle week one. It is clear from what I saw that Vaitai without a lot of help and scheming is very limited out there. I read about his struggles this offseason, but to watch them was another thing. The Eagles better hope Peters is 100% ready to go for week one.
Even Thursday night’s horrid effort, there is no reason to ring the alarm. There were so many key pieces missing that you know it’ll be better once the season starts. The most promising thing about last night was Wentz’s pre-game workout. By all accounts, he looked like he had no limitations and is ready to go. After what I saw from Foles yesterday, I think I speak for a lot of people when I say I hope he’s ready to go for week one vs the Falcons. Oh, and I’m all on the DeAndre Carter bandwagon in hopes that he gets a spot on the team. With the Eagles WR injuries, I think he has a great shot in making the roster.
Joining Deandre Carter in the positive category, the Phillies got a much-needed win Thursday. Aaron Nola continues to make his case to win the NL Cy Young award. At 15-3 and a 2.13 era, he did exactly what he had to do. Nola basically put the team on his back and wouldn’t allow them to lose another game. The Phillies have the ace they can build their staff around, and it’s a beautiful thing. With the Phil’s three games out of the division and 1.5 out of the wild card, they need to take advantage of this series with the Blue Jays. Taking 2 out of 3 in Toronto is crucial before the Nats and Cubs come into town. Those two series against the Nats and Cubs will really determine where the Phillies season is heading. If they falter there, the playoffs become more like a dream.