Super Bowl euphoria carries into Eagles preseason opener: 'This is heaven'

Andrew Kramer
August 09, 2018 - 8:58 pm

Andrew Kramer | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The wait is over, Birds fans.

For the first time since January, the Philadelphia Eagles played at Lincoln Financial Field Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2018 preseason opener.

"Longest six months of my life," said Jason Scarborough. "It feels like it's been a long time. Ready to go, that's all I can say."

Tailgaters seemed to be in midseason form as fans like Mark Debebacker filled the parking lots ahead of kickoff, and that championship feeling remaining alive and well.

"Still living the dream," he said. "This is heaven, winning the Super Bowl, so just getting ready for the new season."

"I'm pumped," added Dan Elliot. "The last time I was down here I was down here for the Vikings championship game and the atmosphere down here was crazy. I'm expecting another crazy year overall."

Expectations have grown significantly since preseason one year ago.

"This time last year I was thinking (the Eagles) were going to go 8-8," said Jamie Undercoffler. "Guess what? I was wrong. They went to the Super Bowl. Champs, baby, champs!"

As for this year's preseason predictions, nobody who spoke with KYW Newsradio said anything less than twelve wins for the Eagles, and a Super Bowl championship repeat was a very popular response.