RIGHT OFF the top, let's give a big round of applause to NFL senior vice-president of broadcasting Howard Katz. The Eagles are 2-0, and Katz is every bit as responsible for your late-September euphoria as Doug Pederson, Carson Wentz and Fletcher Cox.
By Paul Domowitch Recent history: The Steelers defeated the Eagles, 16-14, in Pittsburgh on Oct. 7, 2012. The Eagles have won eight consecutive times in Philadelphia, where the Steelers have not won since 1965. The Eagles lead the series (dating to 1933), 47-28-3.
CHICAGO - For a little while there Monday night, it was déjà vu all over again. On their very first possession, the Eagles went tempo. Or at least a slow version of it. They went no-huddle on their first five plays.
By Paul Domowitch RUSHING OFFENSE The Eagles didn't have a lot of success, particularly early, running the ball. They were held to 21 yards on 10 carries in the first half. But Ryan Mathews had two second-half touchdown runs.
By Paul Domowitch RUSHING OFFENSE The Eagles took the pressure off Carson Wentz by running the ball 34 times for 133 yards. Ryan Mathews had 22 of those carries. He averaged just 3.5 yards per carry and didn't have a run longer than 7 yards, but had five rushing first downs. Kenjon Barner had 17- and 19-yard runs.
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If you blinked, you may have missed Darren Sproles this summer. The Eagles kept the 33-year-old running back on ice for most of the preseason. Despite being perfectly healthy, he played a total of 18 preseason snaps. Didn't have a single rushing attempt. Didn't return a single punt. Caught four passes for 16 yards.
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The best thing about Jeff Lurie is that he's not Dan Snyder. He's not obsessed with being the King of March. He's smart enough to know that the prize doesn't go to the owner who spends the most money on free agents.
- Poll Where will the Eagles finish in the NFC East? (3591 votes)
IN HIS FINAL preseason appearance of the summer Saturday night, Sam Bradford completed an impressive 17 of 20 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns in a little more than two quarters of work against the Indianapolis Colts.
- Poll Which rookie QB will have the best season? (2998 votes)
Paul Domowitch is a pro football writer for the Inquirer and Daily News, where he has worked since 1982. He has covered nearly 30 Super Bowls and has been a selector for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the last 15 years.