NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-0) vs. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (0-1)
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Gillette Stadium (65,878)
The Patriots and Eagles will meet for the 23rd time in the preseason and for the first time in the preseason since 2014 when the Eagles spent time practicing with the Patriots on the fields at Gillette Stadium prior to the preseason contest. It marked the second straight season that the two teams held joint sessions. In 2013, the Patriots traveled to Philadelphia to practice for a few days prior to a preseason game.
This week's game will be a rematch of Super Bowl LII, a 41-33 victory for Philadelphia at US Bank Stadium In Minnesota. The Patriots and Eagles last met in the regular season on Dec. 6, 2015, when New England fell, 35-28, to Philadelphia at Gillette Stadium.
While the teams have played just 12 times in the regular season, they have played 22 times in the preseason with the Patriots claiming a 12-10 edge in the series.
Philadelphia leads the all-time regular-season series with a 7-5 margin.
TALE OF THE TAPE
|2017 REGULAR SEASON||NEW ENGLAND||PHILADELPHIA|
|Total Yards Gained||6,307||5,852|
|Total Offense (Rank)||394.2 (1)||365.8 (7)|
|Rush Offense||118.1 (10)||132.2 (3)|
|Pass Offense||276.1 (2)||233.6 (13)|
|Points Per Game||28.6 (2)||28.6 (3)|
|Third Down Conversion Pct.||40.6||41.7|
|Total Yards Allowed||5,856||4,904|
|Total Defense (Rank)||366.0 (29)||306.5 (4)|
|Rush Defense||114.8 (20)||79.2 (1)|
|Pass Defense||251.3 (30)||227.3 (17)|
|Points Allowed/Game||18.5 (5)||18.4 (4)|
|Third Down Defense (Pct.)||39.4||32.2|
|Field Goals Made/Attempted||37/40||29/34|
|Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost||35/201||36/230|
|Passing TD/INT. (Off.)||32/8||38/9|
|Passing TD/INT. (DEF)||24/12||24/19|
|Turnover Differential||+6 (11)||+11 (4)|
The Patriots and the Eagles have met 22 times in the preseason, tied for second-most meetings with Washington. The only team the Patriots have faced more frequently in the preseason is the New York Giants (27).
After opening the preseason at home against the Washington Redskins last Thursday, the Patriots will be home for a second straight week when they host the Philadelphia Eagles in a Week 2 preseason contest at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night.
New England and Philadelphia met last season in Super Bowl LII, a 41-33 Eagles victory. This week's game will be the 23rd preseason meeting between the two teams, the second-most frequent preseason opponent for the Patriots, behind the then 27 preseason meetings with the New York Giants.
The Patriots opened the 2018 preseason last Thursday with a 26-17 victory over the Washington Redskins. After falling behind 17-0 in the first half, the Patriots rallied with 26 unanswered points, including 16 points in the fourth quarter.
The Patriots are 54-45 (.545) in the preseason since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994. Prior to 1994, the Patriots were 60-96-1 (.385) in the preseason. New England enters this week's game with an all-time preseason mark of 114-141-1 (.447).
BELICHICK IN THE PRESEASON
Bill Belichick has compiled an overall record of 51-43 (.543) in the preseason, including a 40-34 (.541) mark as Patriots head coach.
TELEVISION: This week's game will be broadcast by the Patriots Preseason Television Network and can be seen in every New England state, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. The preseason network's flagship station is WBZ-TV CBS in Boston. Bob Socci provides play-by-play and is joined by former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak in the broadcast booth. Former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich will provide sideline analysis along with WBZ-TV's Steve Burton. Patriots Football Weekly's beat writers Paul Perillo and Andy Hart will also provide insight and analysis.
PATRIOTS PRESEASON TELEVISION NETWORK
Boston, Mass. WBZ-TV Ch. 4
Springfield, Mass. WWLP-TV Ch. 22
Hartford, Conn. WTNH-TV Ch. 8
Portland, Maine WMTW-TV Ch. 8
Bangor, Maine WVII-TV Ch. 7
Manchester, N.H. WMUR-TV Ch. 9
Providence, R.I. WPRI-TV Ch. 12
Burlington, Vt. WCAX-TV Ch. 3
Anchorage, Alaska KYUR-TV Ch. 13
Fairbanks, Alaska KATN-TV Ch. 2
Juneau, Alaska KJUD-TV Ch. 8
Honolulu, Hawaii KFVE-TV Ch. 5
RADIO: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. A complete listing of the network's 40 stations can be found here. Play-by-play broadcaster Dan Roche will call the action along with former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham, who will provide color analysis. The games are produced by Marc Cappello.