Monday night's NFC East showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins was our first extended look at head coach Chip Kelly's frenetic offense in the NFL, and the Eagles ran wild early en route to a 33-27 win.
To coin a technical term, great googly-moogly. The Eagles received the opening kick, and it didn't take long for Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Enquirer to realize we were watching something new.
Eagles had 19.5 seconds between play during their first 5 plays.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) September 9, 2013
Bleacher Report NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller was forced to break some bad news to his Twitter followers.
I will only be tweeting when WAS has the ball. No time when #Eagles have it.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 9, 2013
The pace of the game was wearing out one defensive great, and he wasn't even in the game.
I'm tired just watching how fast the Eagles are snapping the ball!! This tempo is crazy if they can sustain ... http://t.co/IS260K2NXd— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) September 9, 2013
A backward pass was recovered by Washington and returned for a score to give the Redskins the first lead, but after a field goal and a Redskins turnover, the Eagles wasted no time finding the end zone.
Miller saw it coming.
You knew a big play was coming from #Eagles after that last drive. DEF is gassed.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 9, 2013
Bleacher Report College Football Lead Writer Adam Kramer wasn't feeling much sympathy for Philly's opponents this year.
Playing the Eagles is going to be miserable, and I absolutely love it.— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) September 9, 2013
Meanwhile, Chris Wesseling on NFL.com pointed out a stat that should make Jaguars fans very sad.
Half-way through 1st quarter, Eagles already have more yards than the Jaguars had in 4 quarters.— Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) September 9, 2013
Redskins beat reporter Grant Paulsen had another observation at first quarter's end that was every bit as eye-popping.
The Eagles just became the first team since the 2009 Colts to run 30+ plays in the first quarter.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) September 10, 2013
Mike Clay of NBC Sports pointed out that it wasn't just the offense playing lights-out football.
I'm shocked how well the Eagles defense is playing. Shocked.— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) September 10, 2013
As the second quarter continued and Philly's lead increased, Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post relayed yet another staggering development.
Eagles: 44 plays Redskins: 15 plays— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) September 10, 2013
A touchdown pass from Michael Vick to Brent Celek and a Vick touchdown run helped make it 26-7, and Philly fans were in full throat.
Eagles have 21 first downs tonight. Redskins have run 18 plays— Brian McIntyre (@brian_mcintyre) September 10, 2013
That's where things stood at halftime, as mind-bending stat after mind-bending stat rolled in.
In one half, the Eagles join the Patriots as the only teams with a 100-yard rusher and receiver.— Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) September 10, 2013
Eagles' 341 yards at the half are more than 15 teams compiled yesterday.— Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) September 10, 2013
A joke or two did as well.
It was all Eagles in an offensive show that most teams would kill for.
And it was only the first half.
The Redskins opened the third quarter with yet another turnover, and the Eagles kept pouring it on.
GIF: LeSean McCoy jukes defenders out of their shoes en route to the end zone http://t.co/brix9qzdu0— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) September 10, 2013
However, as Ian Kenyon of Bleacher Report pointed out, the Eagles' frenetic pace finally slowed in the third stanza.
Eagles ran 53 plays in the first half, 8 in the 3rd quarter.— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) September 10, 2013
Then, as a fumble by Eagles wideout Jason Avant allowed the Redskins to close within 13, the doubting Thomases began to emerge.
THE EAGLES ARE HORRIBLE ENOUGH TO BLOW THIS GAME— Steve Rogers (@NO_TATS_B) September 10, 2013
One stalled Philly drive later, that flock began to grow.
It would be very Eagles-y of the Eagles to blow this game.— Brittany (@BW_Sports18) September 10, 2013
The Eagles made a big defensive stop, and as the team went to work on the clock, Don Banks of Sports Illustrated made an intriguing observation about Vick's performance.
This is the Michael Vick that Andy Reid envisioned, but the difference is this isn't Reid's offense. Vick is playing under control for Chip.— Don Banks (@DonBanks) September 10, 2013
The Redskins tried to mount one last late charge, but it was too little, too late. Final score: 33-27 Philadelphia. Chase Stuart of Football Guys mentioned a very interesting fact after the game.
Final number are in: most rush attempts by the Eagles in a game under Andy Reid - 46. Philadelphia ran 49 times tonight. #ChipKelly— Chase Stuart (@fbgchase) September 10, 2013
A former Eagles great certainly liked what he saw.
One up... One down. Very impressive debut by the Chip Kelly / Billy Davis eagles!!— Brian Dawkins (@BrianDawkins) September 10, 2013
Others weren't quite so impressed.
Granted, things slowed down a lot in the second half (after the Eagles were up 26 at 33-7), but after Monday night's game, at least one thing is sure: It's going to be an interesting season in the City of Brotherly Love.