Just like Jon Gruden, Nate Ebner goes head over heels for Nick Foles.
It was a bad night for New England’s offensive line as a whole. The Patriots could only muster 2.1 yards per carry on 29 carries, and the two New England quarterbacks were 15 for 37 passing as Hoyer was sacked twice. But it was the tackles that really had problems, and the Philadelphia game comes on the heels of the preseason opener against the Saints, where Solder and Cannon also struggled at times holding back pressure off the edge. It’s one thing to see Cannon have problems -- he remains more of a backup, at least at this stage of his career. But the sight of a first-round pick like Solder being overpowered and beaten badly is odd, given where he was at the end of the 2011 season. The steadiness and consistency that were hallmarks of Solder’s rookie year have been replaced by indecision and trouble with balance.
Mike Reiss shares his rapid reaction to last night's preseason loss to the Eagles.
Brady not even spotted on sideline: While some players who didn’t play were dressed on the sideline, Brady wasn’t one of them. Just a guess, but this could be a similar situation to 2008, when Brady was injured and wasn’t on the sideline as the club transitioned to backup Matt Cassel. That was believed to be a directive from Belichick so Brady wouldn’t become a focal point of media attention on the sideline.
Second unit hangs with Eagles starters: With many of the team’s second-string players seeing extended action and the Eagles playing their top personnel into the third quarter, the Patriots had to feel pretty good about the results. The Patriots opened an 11-0 lead early in the second quarter, and it was 14-14 at halftime.
Chung leaves with shoulder injury: The Patriots lost starting safety Patrick Chung to a shoulder injury on the team’s second series. Chung needed some help coming off the field -- he appeared dazed after making a tackle -- and went back to the locker room for tests. Unlike some of the other top starters on defense, Chung was playing in the game to continue the process of working alongside free-agent signee Steve Gregory as the team’s top pairing. He was replaced by veteran Will Allen.
Offensive tackles struggle: Left tackle Nate Solder and right tackle Marcus Cannon played throughout the first half, and they struggled on the edges. If there was a main downer to the performance, this was it. Cannon figures to be replaced by Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle now that Vollmer passed his physical and is coming off the physically unable to perform list, but if Solder continues to struggle, the left tackle spot could become an even greater concern.
Ebner flashes ball skills: Rookie safety Nate Ebner, the sixth-round draft choice from Ohio State, built off his strong week of practice and showed good ball skills in snaring an interception at the end of the second quarter. Ebner returned it 34 yards. This was a big week for Ebner, who is carving out a roster spot for himself as a core special teamer and reserve safety.
- Erik Scalavino sees plenty to take solace in for Patriots fans, in his analysis of the second preseason game.
- Post Game Notes: Patriots vs. Eagles. News, notes and stats from Monday's game.
- Postgame Pressers: Bill Belichick (7.12 min. video) and Ryan Mallett (3.04 min. video)
- Postgame Quotes: Patriots and Eagles.
- Patriots Today - Breaking down Pats vs. Eagles. (2.11 min. video)
- Locker Room Uncut - Catching up with the players. (2.23 min. video)
- Postgame Show - Adam Jones discusses the Patriots 27-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. (2 hour program)
- Shalise Manza Young notes the Eagles got the win, but their top units didn't get a chance to face the Patriots' regulars.
- Jeff Howe recaps the Patriots' B-team loss to the Eagles Monday night.
- Mike Reiss cleans out his Patriots notebook from Monday's 27-17 loss to the Eagles.
- Greg A. Bedard sees improvement in Shane Vereen's game, despite his "long run" of 6 yards. He’s taking care of the ball and staying healthy.
- Tom E. Curran doesn't sugarcoat the second-time-in-a-row poor performance by Patriots tackles Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon.
- Ron Borges details the Patriots' dangerously porous pass protection by starting tackles Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon.
- Greg A. Bedard is aware of how the O-line struggled again, but believes it will be fine long-term.
- Stephen Hewitt notes the Pats running backs seemed much more comfortable catching balls out of the backfield and couldn't quite get it going on the ground.
- Ryan Hadfield says the more things change, the more Deion Branch stays the same.
- Mike Rodak puts the return game in focus, noting new acquisition Jeff Demps was not eligible to suit up last night.
- Mike Whitmer notes Jermaine Cunningham delivered the hit of the night, knocking Michael Vick out of the game. Gotta love Cunningham's consistency, especially in his post-game interview.
- Mike Reiss gives us his 3 up and 3 down for the Patriots.
- Mike Reiss notes the Patriots announced the release of second-year OT Kyle Hix on Monday. He injured his shoulder Aug. 5 in practice.
- Mike Reiss cleans out his training camp notebook.
- Mike Reiss notes nine Patriots were listed in Scout's Inc "Top 200" players for the 2012 season.
- NFL Game Center - Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots. Recap, stats, analysis and highlights.
- Matt Bowen (Nat'l Football Post) Eagles-Patriots notes: Vick's injury, Mallett, Foles, McCoy, plus some Xs and Os.
- Dan Hanzus (NFL.com) What we learned from Monday's Eagles-Patriots tilt.
- James Walker (ESPN) Observation deck: Eagles-Patriots.
- Mike Freeman (CBS Sports) Mike Vick hurt -- again -- as Eagles come apart on Monday night.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Vick feels fine, cartilage being checked today. /Might want to check for loose fillings too.
- AP Report (Fox Sports) Big hit knocks Vick out of game. /Not a bad way to refer to Jermaine Cunningham, eh?
- Jeff McLane (The Philadelphia Inquirer) Reid and Jenkins go at it on the sideline.
- NFLN commercial (YouTube) Four months ago. (30 second clip) /Get off the ledge - it's preseason.
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Jerry Markbriet thinks replacement refs don't respect officiating.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL dismisses mistakes from replacement officials.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Seau's autopsy shows no illegal drugs or alcohol in his system.