FOXBOROUGH -- Good afternoon from Gillette Stadium as the Patriots get ready to host the Philadelphia Eagles in the both teams' second preseason matchup.
Today's game will likely see the Patriots starters play more snaps with the stars playing sparsely in the next couple of games because the team is playing three games in a span of 10 days. Eagles coach Andy Reid has said his team will likely play its starters for three quarters, so the Patriots defense will get a good sense of how to defend against quarterback Michael Vick and explosive running back LeSean McCoy.
The Eagles won their first preseason matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-23. Vick went a paltry 3 of 4 passing for six yards and the Eagles' offense was roundly criticized for their play despite netting 354 yards in the game.
The Patriots, who last played 11 days ago, are coming off a 7-6 win over the New Orleans Saints. Britt Davis, who scored the Patriots' only touchdown on a 3-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, was cut last week.
Here's the rundown on tonight's game.
Kickoff: 8 p.m.
Records: Patriots 1-0 (Finished last season 13-3, AFC champions); Eagles 1-0 (Finished last season 8-8, 2d in NFC East).
TV/Radio info: ESPN / WCVB-TV Ch. 5 (Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters); 98.5-FM The Sports Hub (Gil Santos, Scott Zolak).
Projected starting lineups:
Based on information distributed to the media, practice observations, and injuries for each team.
Patriots offense: WR Wes Welker, LT Nate Solder, LG Logan Mankins, C Dan Koppen, RG Dan Connolly, RT Marcus Cannon, TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Brandon Lloyd, QB Tom Brady, RB Shane Vereen, TE Aaron Hernandez.
Patriots defense: NT Vince Wilfork DT Kyle Love, RDE Chandler Jones, LB/DE Ron Ninkovich, LB Jerod Mayo, LB Dont'a Hightower, LB Brandon Spikes, CB Devin McCourty, CB Kyle Arrington, S Steve Gregory, S Patrick Chung.
Eagles offense: WR Jeremy Maclin, LT King Dunlap, LG Evan Mathis, C Jason Kelce, RG Danny Watkins, RT Todd Herremans, TE Brent Celek, WR DeSean Jackson, FB Stanley Havili, RB LeSean McCoy, QB Michael Vick.
Eagles defense: LDE Jason Babin, LDT Cullen Jenkins, RDT Derek Landri, RDE Trent Cole, WILL Brian Rolle, MLB DeMeco Ryans, SAM Mychal Kendricks, LCB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, RCB Nnamdi Asomugha, SS Nate Allen, FS Kurt Coleman,