Monday night football: Eagles at Patriots
Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots (-1, 40.5)
There’s only one game on the NFL schedule to satisfy bettors on Monday night, but it’s an interesting preseason matchup.
The Eagles prevailed 24-23 over the Steelers in their preseason opener and travel to Foxborough for a date with the Patriots, who also won their first preseason game over the Saints.
Nnamdi Asomugha violently collided with fellow defensive back Nate Allen earlier this week, but the 29-year-old corner cleared concussion tests and head coach Andy Reid fully intends to play him Monday. Reid has publicly stated his starters will play into the third quarter against the Patriots.
The signing of Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps has dominated the headlines in New England this week. The former Florida running back is fresh off a silver-medal performance at the London Games and will no doubt be a threat when returning kicks for the Patriots this season. However, he won’t have an impact Monday as he’s not eligible to play until the team’s third preseason game Aug. 24.
New England’s projected first-string running back Stevan Ridley appeared to suffer a right knee injury during Thursday’s practice and is questionable against the Eagles. Expect Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead and Brandon Bolden to get the majority of the carries if Ridley can't play.