The Philadelphia Eagles kicked off the Chip Kelly era with a bang, defeating the defending NFC East champions 33-27 on prime-time football in their stadium. The Eagles jumped to a 26-7 halftime lead behind a high-powered offense never quite seen before in the National Football League.
The Washington Redskins whittled away the lead in the second half, eventually coming to within six, but the Eagles held on for a 33-27 score. It puts Philadelphia tied with the Dallas Cowboys for first place in the NFC East, which is a terrific start for Kelly's Birds.
Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson looked as good as ever, and the offensive line's ability to keep up with the no-huddle offense was impressive. The defense faded down the stretch, but played well enough early on to come away with a win. A mark of truly great teams is often their ability to win close games, and the Eagles were able to do so in this one.
The following breaks down five observations from a surprising and impressive Eagles win.