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Without Sam Bradford, Eagles give fans a victory

Without Sam Bradford, Eagles give fans a victory
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The big stars that Chip Kelly brought to Philadelphia Bears Brian Urlacher Authentic Jersey during the offseason were all there -- standing on the sideline with baseball caps on their heads.

Sam Bradford. DeMarco Murray. Kiko Alonso. None of them played in Sunday's preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

That had to be disappointing for fans eager for a peek at the new-look Philadelphia Eagles. They had to console themselves with a strong performance from some of the young Eagles, a glimpse of Tim Tebow and a 36-10 victory over a team that played in the AFC Championship Game in January.

Sure, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, only played 11 downs. But Bradford, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft, didn't play at all. Frank Gore, the running back the Colts signed in free agency, didn't play. Neither did Murray, the running back the Eagles signed after missing out on Gore.

Overall, the Eagles' understudies and backups played with a sense of urgency that will serve them well during the regular season.

"Depth," Kelly said. "We've got a lot Chargers Dan Fouts Womens Jersey of depth here. There's a lot of guys fighting for spots. It wasn't like we gave them a big rah-rah speech before we went out on the field. We put a lot of emphasis because of how we train on what goes on when you get a chance to go in a game.

"There's no excuses when you're playing in a game. You can't say, 'Well, I would have had that guy, but you blew the whistle too quick, coach.' This is live, this is real. I think our depth is giving us a sense of urgency at a lot of different positions. We're excited to see that. That's what we wanted from those guys today."

The Eagles were without their top three inside linebackers, and yet they held the Colts to 2.2 yards per carry in the first half.

"I think when you start with a two-gap [scheme] -- and a two-gap is a very hard defense to run against and that's what we're based out of," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. "When it works right, it's very hard to run against and it was working pretty well today."

The run defense was a strength for the Eagles last season. So were their special teams, which scored seven touchdowns in 2014. Punt returner Kenjon Barner took a punt back 92 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter Sunday.

The offense, with no Bradford, no Murray http://www.nflcowboysofficial.com/Authentic-Chuck-Howley-Jersey and with two new guards, was inconsistent. But it was still able to run its uptempo pace and generate enough points for the win.

The debut of Bradford and Murray will have to wait for next weekend's game against Baltimore. But the fans Sunday at the Linc at least got to watch their team win.

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