One thing should be remembered when evaluating a team’s preseason performance: It’s only preseason. The games do not count in the official standings and neither do the statistics.
Then again, it’s the first taste of football Philadelphia Eagles fans have seen under Chip Kelly. A 31-22 loss to the New England Patriots isn’t as important as the individual results from the 87 players on the roster. All five quarterbacks got playing time, the Eagles rolled up more than 400 yards of offense, and the special teams unit had its fair share of fine plays.
However, the defense looked like a long season may be ahead. The Patriots scored five times in the first half and six times overall, racking up close to 450 yards without a turnover. Fortunately, it is still the preseason, and what’s more important is that the Eagles were able to finally implement their long-awaited offense at game speed.
The following is a list of seven observations from the Eagles' 31-22 loss to the Patriots.