The New England Patriots had three quarterbacks perform at a high level. New England had 22 plays of offense while Philadelphia had 1 play of offense that resulted in an early fumble.
Starting quarterback Tom Brady sat out last weeks contest against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. He looked calm early. An inaccurate pass led to an interception by Eagles cornerback Cary Williams. Tom Brady made a heroic yet careless attempt to tackle Williams. Attempting to tackle Williams was too risky. Especially in a preseason game.
After throwing a careless interception, Brady responded calmly by leading the Patriots down field once again. This time Brady threw a touchdown to wide receiver Kendrell Thompkins. Thompkins evened the game at 7.
Philadelphia had one play on offense before an Eagles fumble where New England recovered the ball. Rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo looked promising last week in his second half cameo appearance against the Washington Redskins. Tonight he got to play with some of the first team guys in the first quarter while playing with some of the second team guys in the second quarter. The Eastern Illinois quarterback went 6 for 12 with 72 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Garoppolo made a strong case as to why he should be Tom Brady's backup. I love how he looked at the tablet with the Patriots' plays on it after throwing two touchdowns. Brady tried to gaze at the tablet while it was in Garoppolo's hands. That is the leadership you love to see from a young quarterback striving to succeed Brady.
Ryan Mallett did not play until the second half. In the second half, Mallett went 7 for 11 with 92 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions. Mallett looks much better as a third string quarterback.
One could argue that Philadelphia has a weak secondary. Still, these quarterbacks deserve credit for stepping up and delivering after concerning a few fans with an early preseason loss to the Washington Redskins.
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