It’s a rematch of Super Bowl LII, but the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles aren’t near the level of title contention that they were just four seasons ago.
Tom Brady is gone, and there’s no Nick Foles or Doug Pederson drawing up a Philly Special. Still, the first-string units for both teams will take the field when the two teams face-off on Thursday night in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL preseason. Cam Newton will get the start for New England (1-0) while Jalen Hurts leads the Eagles (0-1) starters. Don’t expect them to play much more than the first quarter, however, as many teams seem hesitant to give their signal-callers much run this August.
New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles NFL game:
- What: New England Patriots @ Philadelphia Eagles
When: Thursday, August 19, 2021 @ 7:30 p.m. EST
Where: Lincoln Financial Stadium – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles Preseason Preview
The Tight End Position is Stocked Once Again in New England
The quarterback battle in Foxborough is being downplayed by Bill Belichick following the professional debut of Mac Jones; rest assured that the Patriots rookie has a real chance to unseat former NFL MVP Newton at some point this season.
It’s fair to say that New England lacked real weapons last season in Newton’s first season with the team. Sure, Tom Brady did more with less, but to suggest that Newton is on the same level as the seven-time champion is an insult to Brady’s greatness. Belichick seemed to recognize this, and whether to benefit Jones or Newton nonetheless restocked the team’s skill positions, adding talented tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry, as well as wide receiver Nelson Agholor.
The tight end position has been one of prominence in the Patriots’ offense for the last decade, previously anchored by Rob Gronkowski. Injuries have kept Henry off the practice field, but he returned this week. Smith too dealt with an ankle issue this week. Still, both could see the field Thursday night, allowing fans to get a real glimpse at how Newton fits in Foxborough with the first-string.
Eagles Wide Reiver Depth Chart
Like the Patriots, the Eagles lacked weapons in 2020, a continuation from 2019, only this time it resulted in a first-to-worst drop in the division. The fall-off led to the end of both Wentz and Doug Pederson’s careers in the City of Brotherly Love. With Hurts under center, the Eagles addressed the receiver need somewhat, selecting DeVonta Smith out of Alabama in the spring.
Already number-one on the depth chart, Smith provides the Eagles with a top weapon above 2020 first-round pick Jalen Regor. Smith is still recovering from an MCL sprain at training camp and while there’s a chance he suits up on Thursday, it’s unlikely he plays. This provides the team a great opportunity to evaluate the rest of the position group behind him.
Greg Ward and Travis Fulgham would be the assumed third and fourth-string receivers, but those spots are usually far from locked. With the NFC East rather up for grabs unless the Dallas Cowboys are able to run away with it now that Dak Prescott is back, Philadelphia needs to be sure they’re properly loaded to make a run for it. Thursday night can be big.
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Philadelphia Football Team 2021 Preseason Schedule
Week 1: Pittsburgh Steelers 24 – Philadelphia Eagles 16
Week 2: Thursday, August 19th 8:00 pm (NFL Network) vs New England Patriots
Week 3: Friday, August 27th 7:30 pm (NFL Network) @ New York Jets
New England Patriots 2021 preseason schedule
Week 1: Washington Football Team 13 – New England Patriots 22
Week 2: Thursday, August 19th 7:30 pm (NFL Network) @ Philadelphia Eagles
Week 3: Sunday, August 29th 6:00 pm (NFL Network) @ New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles vs New England Patriots Odds
Just because it is the season doesn’t mean that sportsbooks won’t accept action on the game. Here’s how the game is projected in the books.
Spread: New England -1 (-110) | Philadelphia +1 (-110)
Over / Under: 38 (-110)
Moneyline: New England -120 | Philadelphia +100
Prediction: New England covers, Under 38, New England -120
Analysis: The starters are back for both teams, but don’t expect them to push the pace too hard. This close to the season, the goal for both teams is to get out of the first quarter injury-free. Still, New England looks prepared to beat the Eagles in this preseason matchup with Jones under center for likely the second and third quarter against Joe Flacco. The real number to watch on this one, if you can find it, is the over/under on how many references the broadcast makes to the Super Bowl LII.