The Philadelphia Eagles’ win over the Denver Broncos last Sunday was the third time the team has been victorious in the preseason finale.
And in the first meeting, it was the first time since Week 3 that the Eagles were leading at halftime.
It was also the first preseason game that the team lost at home.
But for many Eagles fans, the win was just as important.
“You know, the fans that are here to support the team, they’re the ones that make it great,” said Eagles quarterback Ryan Mathews.
“They deserve to see it.”
Mathews’ first start of the preseason is coming against a Broncos defense that ranked fourth in the NFL against the pass.
They’ve given up a league-high 9.8 yards per play on the season, and that number will climb as the season progresses.
The Eagles had the third-fewest rushing yards (2,831) and had the lowest yards per carry (3.6).
They also had a league worst 41.6 percent pass defense.
But the Broncos struggled to generate much offense, allowing a league high 24 touchdowns on 31 attempts.
Mathews said that was the difference.
“The quarterbacks that we have are the ones who can make the plays,” he said.
“And when you have that much of an opportunity to go out there and make plays, that makes it tough.
But they’ve done a great job.
They’re a great team.”
Mathew has looked good during the preseason.
He threw for 1,879 yards with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions.
He also ran for 176 yards on 17 carries.
Mathews said he’s not going to make too many throws that he didn’t like last week, including a pass to Jeremy Maclin that he thought would have been intercepted.
“I thought I was going to throw it,” Mathews told reporters after the game.
“When I saw it, I didn’t throw it.”
Mathews also said he didn.
“It was a catchable throw,” he told reporters.
“The play was made to a wide receiver.
It’s not like I’m a big thrower.
I can’t make those throws.”
Matt Barkley has been great this preseason.
Carson Wentz has been solid.
I think Matt Barkley is going to have a lot of time.
Mathew was asked what he thinks of Barkley’s preseason play.
“I think he’s been great,” Mathew said.
Matt Barkley’s first start was in the Eagles’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
He had a nice touchdown and two interceptions.
Matthew Emmons/Getty Images”I don’t think that Matt’s played well in the game yet, but I do think that he’s ready to go,” Matys said.
Matches have been a staple of the Eagles offense throughout the preseason, with Barkley throwing for 2,827 yards and 13 touchdowns in four games.
But Mathews and Wentz have struggled to find consistency.
Matchels career average of 7.6 yards per attempt is the lowest of any rookie quarterback in the league this season.
The team has had success with their playmakers, but it’s hard to find consistent success with the quarterbacks they’ve used this preseason, as they’ve struggled to get them going.
Matricks first start came in Week 3 against the San Diego Chargers.
He was sacked four times, but he was sacked on a few of the plays.
And Mathews struggled with a pass that he threw away.
“When I did that play last year, I got sacked five times,” Mathes said.
He didn’t make the throw.
It looked like he was going for it, but the ball went out of bounds.
The next play was a touchdown.
He made the catch, but that one was a little difficult.
“That’s why I say, you know, it’s just a matter of getting your foot in the right place,” Matches said.
The Rams are going to be a lot more physical in the run game than they were last year.
Mathes has been throwing the ball down the field on the ground, but Wentz and Barkley have struggled throwing to the flat, which is why Mathews is finding a lot easier success with this offense.
Matches said the team will have a hard time winning with the Eagles defense this season, but they’ll be able to get a lot out of their starters this year.
“They’ve got a good enough line to play with.
You’ve got the players that they’ve got, you’ve got guys that can handle a little bit of the blitz and blitzing,” Matcheles said.”
They can make some plays, they can make plays that we haven’t seen,” Matkins said.
“The only thing that we’ve got to worry about is the quarterback position,” Matkys said of the defensive line.
“We’ll be playing them.”