NFL observers got their first extended look at Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford during the team's third preseason game when he finished 10-of-10 for 121 yards passing and three touchdowns. He was excellent, but it was the preseason. On Monday night, it was a tale of two halves for Bradford.
In the first half, Bradford looked out of sync with his receivers and this led to a slow start. On six first half possessions, Bradford and the Eagles were forced to punt four times, they kicked a field goal on one drive, and another drive ended in a Bradford interception.
Bradford looked out of sync on an early back shoulder throw to wide receiver Josh Huff and on an option route to tight end Zach Ertz. The stalled drives in the first half weren't all Bradford's fault -- the Eagles' offensive line allowed several pressures and committed several drive-killing penalties.
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In the second half, Bradford turned things around immediately. Bradford's first three second half possessions ended in touchdowns. Bradford led the offense to a combined 183 yards of offense on these three drives. The final two drives ended in a missed field goal and an interception, but the interception was the fault of wide receiver Jordan Matthews.
Overall, Bradford finished 36-of-52 for 336 yards and a 1:2 touchdown to interception ratio. Bradford worked the middle of the field with Matthews and Ertz combining for 148 yards receiving on 13 receptions. Bradford also utilized his running backs in the passing game -- Darren Sproles, Ryan Mathews and DeMarco Murray combined for 111 yards receiving on 14 receptions.
Bradford took what Dan Quinn's defense gave him. Quinn, the former defensive coordinator for the Seahawks, kept all of the action in front of him with deep safeties in place to prevent the big play. Bradford's patience paid off in the second half, and he will look to build on the momentum he established in the game's final 30 minutes when the Eagles host the Cowboys in Week 2.