In Chip Kelly's first game as a coach the Eagles seemed pumped and ready to go for a half of football. Maybe it was some endurance issues by the second half that began to slow the locomotive. It could have been the coach taking his foot off the pedal that caused the comeback or maybe RG 3 just finally got into rhythm. The second half of the game obviously wasn't better than the first, but if a rookie coach can get his first win on Monday Night, against a divisional opponent, who happens to be the division champ, and to do it in their own backyard is an accomplishment. Perhaps the comeback will help Chip Kelly see it isn't wise to assume the other team will just give up. I saw far too many downs of Jordan Poyer and Casey Mathews in the third quarter for my liking. Nevertheless, if Chip can get his offense and defense to play at this uptempo level for more than just a half of football the Eagles will be tough to beat. Now for some game balls.
Carey Williams: I dogged him for looking mediocre all preseason and for having more fights than interceptions, but frankly William brought it tonight. He brought some physicality on that blitz hit on RG3 and that interception was exceptional. He stepped up tonight.
Brandon Boykin: Got a nice interception and played some very solid coverage on the Skins nickel receivers.
Trent Cole: Everybody said he couldn't do it, but Cole was a menace tonight. He was always buzzing around the QB, and made some big stops against the run, and forced the fumble.
Mychal Kendricks: Playing on the inside so far has been good to this kid. He just seemed to be everywhere. Of course this is how he was last season early in the season as well, but maybe this season he can sustain it. They sure do need him to.
Desean Jackson: He and D. Hall yapping back and forth all night, but in the mist of that Jackson had an excellent game and old Sav Rocca was scared out o his britches to even kick it to him.
Shady McCoy: who said this guy can't carry the ball over 30 times? Heck he had more carries in the second quarter than Reid would give him in an entire game!
Mike Vick: First off that fumble wasn't his fault. It was an excellent play made by a very talented player. Mike came right back and moved the Eagles back down the field. Even when he began to struggle some in the second half (he wasn't alone there) he still found ways to move the chains. A very solid performance put on by Mike Vick.
The Offensive Line: didn't want to really single anyone out, but they did a solid job of opening holes for McCoy tonight. The Eagles did some unusual (we better start getting used to it) but effective plays with their O-Line during the game. Both tackles lined up out by the receivers and the still ran the ball! Worse the Redskins fell for it!
All in all it was a nice win for the start of the season. Some of the guys seemed to get a little nicked up in the game, but it was good to get out of there with a W. Only two things seem capable of stopping this offense. The first is their own mental mistakes, and the second is guys pretending to be injured so they can slow them down. I see a lot of Giants suddenly falling to the ground in our future.