CHICAGO -- Preseason game No. 1 is in the books. The Eagles’ first teams would probably like to author a better chapter next Friday against the Patriots.
Nick Foles turned the ball over twice in three series and the defense didn’t generate much pressure against Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Friday at Soldier Field in a 34-28 loss to Chicago in the preseason opener.
At least the backups fared better.
Rookie wideout Josh Huff returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown and running back Matthew Tucker rushed for two touchdowns, as the Eagles built an 11-point lead in the third quarter. But Bears third-stringer Jimmy Clausen put Chicago up for good with two third-quarter touchdown passes and the Bears emerged with the win.
Nick Foles didn’t look his best. He threw two interceptions. So for those at home counting he’s already been picked off as many times this preseason as all of last season. Foles finished 6 for 9 for 44 yards with a dismal 38.4 passer rating.
Mark Sanchez completed 7 of 10 passes for 79 yards (93.3 passer rating) and led the offense on two touchdown drives in his three full drives. Matt Barkley completed 7 of 16 passes for 73 yards and compiled a 52.3 rating. He threw a 15-yard touchdown to David Fluellen — the ball may have traveled three yards — but was picked off once.
G.J. Kinne came in late in the fourth and completed eight of 10 passes for 103 yards.
Eagles running backs — but not LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles — accounted for all three of the team’s offensive touchdowns. Second-year halfback Matthew Tucker rushed for two and rookie free agent David Fluellen caught a 15-yarder. Fluellen, from Toledo, snuck around Bears corner Al Louis-Jean at the 5-yard line before diving into the end zone.
Rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews — perhaps the most-hyped second-round pick ever — didn’t really stand out, at least not for catching the ball. He finished with three drops, although the ground appeared to cause the first one. He had a catch for no gain. For all the headlines he’s garnered so far, Matthews caught four passes for just 14 yards and was targeted seven times.
Defensive end Vinny Curry got the team’s only sack, on 3rd-and-8, and blew up the Bears’ second-team offensive line for several series.
Roc Carmichael won’t put this game film in his personal highlight reel. Carmichael got picked on and couldn’t counterpunch. He missed a tackle that led to a big first-down gain, was on the wrong end of Jordan Palmer’s second touchdown to Zach Miller and twice got beaten down the sideline for big pickups.
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, playing his first game since the 2012 season finale, was targeted once and caught the pass for 15 yards … Damion Square blocked a field goal …Nate Allen started with Malcolm Jenkins at safety, but Allen stayed in with the second string when Earl Wolff replaced Jenkins ... Zach Ertz lined up in the backfield in a two-back formation on the offense’s second series … First-round pick Marcus Smith tipped a pass but didn’t really have any other standout plays … Fourth-round corner Jaylen Watkins got beat badly by Chris Williams on a sideline route in the third quarter for a 73-yard touchdown … Travis Long tipped a pass.
The Eagles committed eight penalties for 79 yards, most of them coming in the first quarter. The first offense got hit hard. Left guard Evan Mathis was called for holding twice, one that negated a 20-yard catch by Brent Celek. Left tacke Jason Peters had a hold that brought back an eight-yard catch by LeSean McCoy. Jeremy Maclin was flagged 15-yards for grabbing a defender’s facemask.
Tucker sustained a hamstring injury in the second half and didn’t return. Linebacker Casey Matthews left with a lower back injury and didn’t return.
Those who didn’t play for injury reasons were: Defensive tackle Bennie Logan (hamstring), cornerback Nolan Carroll (hamstring/groin), wide receiver Riley Cooper (hamstring), inside linebacker Jake Knott (hamstring), center Julian Vandervelde (back), wideout Jeff Maehl (hamstring), and running back Chris Polk (hamstring). Arrelious Benn started for Cooper and Damion Square replaced Logan.