For all the talk of the Philadelphia Eagles being way ahead of where they were this time last year, it sure didn’t appear that way in their 2014 preseason opener. If anything, the exhibition game against the Chicago Bears created more questions than answers.
Obviously, less than a quarter of action for the starters isn’t necessarily telling one way or another. That being said, the Birds’ performance didn’t exactly instill confidence, either.
Two of three offensive possessions for Philadelphia’s starters ended in a turnover, the other a punt. And while the defense did manage to force one three-and-out, the same unit also surrendered a 13-play, 69-yard touchdown drive that included three third-down conversions.
Perhaps these issues shouldn’t be cause for worry, especially considering it was only the first preseason game after all. Yet most of the problems the Eagles experienced in Chicago are related to legitimate concerns that already existed heading into the regular season.
The starters will appear in two more preseason games before the real thing gets underway. The following is a list of questions they must answer beforehand if the Eagles intend to contend in 2014.