Philadelphia Eagles: 5 takeaways from preseason loss to Pittsburgh Steelers

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Here are five key takeaways for the Philadelphia Eagles from their 31-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 of preseason.

Even though a majority of the starters didn’t play, the Philadelphia Eagles were a disappointment for the most part against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday during their first preseason action of 2018. Normally, a 31-14 loss at home would seem like a big deal for a team like the Eagles, but luckily this is only preseason, meaning there’s no reason to hit the panic button just yet.

Still, since this marks the first time that Philadelphia enters a new season as defending Super Bowl champions, fans were excited to see how the team would look against a playoff-caliber team like Pittsburgh, even if most of the players were the backups, one of which was Nate Sudfeld. The former Indiana product may be the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart, but Thursday was a big test for Sudfeld since early signs point to him receiving a majority of the snaps under center this preseason.

Either way, the Eagles coming up way short against the Steelers may seem frustrating at first, but isn’t it just great in general to have meaningful football on again after the last couple of months?

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As for Thursday’s game, here are five key takeaways worth discussing on Philadelphia’s end from their crushing loss to Pittsburgh in the team’s first preseason action of 2018. While there were plenty of positives for the Eagles to be proud of, the team also had a good amount of negative factors as well to work on over the next couple of weeks before the Atlanta Falcons come to town.