Nick Foles threw two interceptions during the first quarter. That’s as many interceptions as he threw all of last season.
Fortunately, these interceptions came during preseason opener Friday night, as the Eagles lost to the host Bears, 34-28.
Foles (6 of 9, 44 yards), who almost threw a third interception, wasn’t the only one who didn’t look sharp. The first-team offense didn’t look particularly good. Right tackle Allen Barbre, who is slated to start the first four games of the season while Lane Johnson serves his suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, struggled at times, and Evan Mathis and Jason Peters were both flagged for holding.
Rookie receiver Jordan Matthews, who has received raves at training camp, had a rough debut. He caught four passes for 14 yards while dropping three others. One drop was a tough catch, but the others were very catchable.
The Eagles offense didn’t function properly until backup quarterback Mark Sanchez took over. Sanchez led the Eagles to two touchdown drives in the second quarter, with Matthew Tucker running the ball in for a pair of touchdowns. Tucker finished with 8 carriers for 40 yards before leaving with a hamstring injury. Sanchez completed 7 of 10 passes for 79 yards.
The Eagles received an added jolt of offense when rookie Josh Huff returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown 54 seconds before halftime, completing a 21-point second quarter and giving the Eagles a 21-14 halftime lead.
Unfortunately, Bears third-string quarterback Jimmy Clausen threw two touchdown passes during the Bears’ 17-point third quarter. Rookie cornerback Jaylen Watkins was beaten for a 73-yard touchdown pass during the third quarter and cornerback Roc Carmichael was victimized throughout the game.
Matt Barkley completed the Eagles’ scoring with a 14-yard touchdown pass to rookie running back David Fluellen to give the Eagles a 28-17 lead, but Clausen’s two TD passes put the Bears ahead for good. Barkley completed just 7 of 16 passes for 73 yards, with an interception, in a relatively unimpressive performance.
Second-year tight end Zach Ertz led the Eagles in receiving with four catches for 60 yards. Jeremy Maclin, in his first game action since the 2012 season, caught one pass for 15 yards.