This week, the New England Patriots and Philadelphia held a joint practice together. On Friday night, the teams will face off in an official game.
New England and Philadelphia will play each other in Week One of the 2013 NFL preseason. The game will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET and air nationally on the NFL Network. Viewers can watch exhibition games with a subscription for NFL Preseason Live.
After finishing the 2013 season in last place, the Philadelphia Eagles made a major change, bringing in Chip Kelly to replace former head coach Andy Reid. Friday will mark the first NFL game of Kelly’s career, who came over from Oregon.
Last season, Nick Foles replaced an injured Michael Vick and eventually won the starting quarterback job. Shortly after, Foles broke his hand and Vick re-entered the lineup. Now, the two signal callers are vying for a chance to start under the new head coach. In Game One, Kelly has decided to give Vick the starting nod. Foles, however, will get a lot of playing time and should begin Game Two at the helm.
"They're both going to get reps," said Kelly. "So whoever takes the first rep let's not anoint them as anything. Someone's got to be the first guy. So we'll have a plan as a staff how many reps those guys will get, and we'll go from there.
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There’s no quarterback controversy in New England. However, there is some excitement surrounding the third string signal caller. Tom Brady will, likely, take a seat in the third quarter, followed by backup Ryan Mallet. There’s a chance he’ll eventually be replaced by Tim Tebow, who could see his first official action as a member of the Patriots. However, there is no guarantee that the former Heisman Trophy winner will get in the game. Head coach Bill Belichick simply told him to “just be ready when your number is called.”
Patriots’ fans will get their first look at the man who’s looking to replace Wes Welker. New England signed Danny Amendola when Welker went to the Denver Broncos. He caught 63 passes last season for 666 yards in 11 games with the St. Louis Rams.
Betting Odds: Philadelphia-3, 40
Prediction: Philadelphia 27, New England 13