By Ella Wilkerson
Walking in the parking lot of Lincoln Financial Field, or the Linc, as native Philadelphians call it, you could feel the excitement of Eagles fans. Green was in view everywhere. It was just a preseason game be- tween the Eagles and the Tennessee Titans, but Philadelphia fans did not seem to care.
That level of energy from the fans didn’t transfer to the Eagles, who ended up losing their preseason opener 27-10 on Thursday.
With Nate Sudfeld starting at quarterback for the Eagles in place of Carson Wentz, the first quarter was a bit slow. Jake Elliott scored the first points of the game in the first quarter with a 53-yard field goal to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead.
But Tennessee soon took control. In the second quarter, tight end MyCole Pruitt caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to give the Titans a lead, though Austin Barnard missed the extra point. The Eagles responded with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Nate Sudfeld to Marken Michel, but the Titans reclaimed the lead with Anthony Firkser’s 23-yard touchdown catch. A successful two-point conversion attempt gave Tennessee a 14-10 lead at the half.
Perhaps the most significant moment of the game came right before the quarter ended, when Sudfeld suffered a left wrist injury. The third-year quarterback was expected to take over as Philadelphia’s backup after Nick Foles’ departure this offseason, but he’ll reportedly miss several weeks while he recovers.
The Titans dominated the second half. Eagles fans started to leave during a scoreless third quarter, and two touchdown passes from Titans quarterback Logan Woodside in the fourth quarter put the game out of reach.
Meanwhile, Cody Kessler and rookie Clayton Thorson struggled at quarterback for Philadelphia. Kessler finished the game with three completions on six attempts, and Thorson completed two passes on nine attempts.
Could this preseason game be a glimpse of Philadelphia’s regular season? No one can say for sure, but Wentz is the starter, and if he stays healthy, they could have a chance to win some games. Otherwise, especially considering Wentz’s injury history, the season is not looking as pretty as 2017, which ended with the Eagles winning the Super Bowl.