The Philadelphia Eagles collected their first victory of the Chip Kelly era, jumping out to a 33-7 lead and holding off a late Washington Redskins rally. Robert Griffin III looked sluggish in his return from ACL surgery.
Final Score: Philadelphia 33, Washington 27
Game Analysis for Philadelphia Eagles
Pass Offense: Michael Vick completed just two of four passes for 13 yards in the entire second half. But he didn't pass because he didn't need to. The Eagles jumped out to a 26-point lead early in the third quarter, and teams don't pass when they lead by double-digits late in the game. He finished with a 112.6 passer rating. That's terrific.
Run Offense: LeSean McCoy was the best player on either team. He carried a career-high 31 times for 184 yards and a touchdown.
Pass Defense: RGIII picked it up in the second half, but by then, it was way too late. He finished the game with 30 completions for 349 yards and two touchdowns, but he wasn't as good as his numbers. His first-half struggles cost the 'Skins the game.
Run Defense: Alfred Morris never got it going against Philly, carrying 12 times for just 45 yards, plus a touchdown. His early fumbles put the Redskins in a huge hole that they never recovered from.
Special Teams: The special teams were terrific. That includes the return units, particularly on defense, as well as new punter Donnie Jones. An onside kick sealed the victory.
Coaching: The game was not as close as the score indicated. The Eagles controlled the game early thanks to Kelly's new fast-paced high-tempo offense. If the season ended after one week, he would be the Coach of the Year, easily.
Halftime Analysis for Philadelphia Eagles
Pass Offense: Michael Vick completed 13 of 21 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns, good for a passer rating of 123.1. And he actually misfired on a number of throws early and threw a pass that was batted down and returned 75 yards for a touchdown.
Run Offense: LeSean McCoy is leading the NFL in rushing, and it's halftime of the season opener. He has 20 carries for 115 yards, and that's without any long runs. He's picking up consistent yardage on almost every run.
Pass Defense: RGIII looks like he wants to be anywhere else right now. He looks like a quarterback who missed the entire preseason. He's completed just five of 11 passes for 48 yards and an interception. That's a passer rating of 22.2.
Run Defense: Alfred Morris averaged over 100 rushing yards per game last season. He's carried seven times for just 26 yards in the first half, which includes a pair of lost fumbles (one was technically credited to RGIII).
Special Teams: New special teams coach Dave Fipp is working wonders. The Eagles have allowed a pair of kick returns for 33 yards and one punt return for five yards. New punter Donnie Jones downed a punt inside the 5-yard line. Kicker Alex Henery nailed a 48-yard field goal early.
Coaching: If this is how Chip Kelly's offense is going to play, he will revolutionize the NFL. The Eagles have run 53 plays for 322 yards. They've scored 26 points and should have 33 if not for an embarrassing fumble returned for a touchdown. Credit Kelly's new brand of offense for the Eagles' explosive play.
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