Washington Redskins Quarterback Donovan McNabb On a Mission To Beat The World

Matthew BrownCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2010

LANDOVER - SEPTEMBER 12:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins passes during the NFL season opener against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField on September 12, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Cowboys 13-7. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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One of the most surprising offseason moves in the NFL was when the Philadelphia Eagles traded their long-time field general Donovan McNabb within the division to the Washington Redskins.

Both sides rejoiced, in a way, as it was an upgrade for Washington and the start of a new era for Philadelphia.

McNabb may not say it so plainly to the press, but it is a apparent that such a move shows complete disrespect for his abilities.

Now Philadelphia and the rest of the NFL is going to see first hand just how much McNabb has left in the tank.

It wasn't apparent in Week 1 that McNabb was going to be the playmaker he had been for so long in Philadelphia. He managed just 171 yards on 32 attempts with no touchdowns or interceptions.

Even so, the team's attitude seemed completely different from seasons past, when neither the head coach nor the quarterback were beacons of confidence.

McNabb's performance in Week 2 was much better, even if the Redskins didn't win as they had to open the season.

By halftime, McNabb had thrown for nearly 260 yards against Houston as the Redskins led 20-7. He didn't sit back in the second half, adding another 160 yards and a touchdown to his already impressive stat sheet.

Despite his performance, the offense managed just one touchdown in the second half, while the defense allowed the Texans to score 20 points to push the game into overtime.

Even though a blocked field goal turned out to be the real difference during regulation, McNabb's performance cannot be overlooked as the only reason Washington had a chance to win in the end.

It couldn't have been the running game that produced a mere 18 yards, and the aforementioned defensive breakdown didn't help.

McNabb completed over 70-percent of his passes in the loss, and while it was Clinton Portis that banged in two touchdowns, McNabb got the Redskins to the goal line.

Some doubters believe McNabb will face a period of adjustment to the first new offense he has ever had to learn as a professional.

That adjustment period seems to have been contained within the Dallas game.

It is no stretch of the imagination to think he can recapture his former glory. It was a mere two years ago that experts doubted his new receivers, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, would be enough to sustain the Eagles offense.

3900 yards and 23 touchdowns later, the team caught a Wild Card in the playoffs.

The game didn't end so well against the Cowboys, a 34-14 loss, but it is more the defense's fault for allowing 27 points in the second quarter than an ineffectiveness on McNabb's part.

But that is in the past, and as mediocre as McNabb was in the opener, he didn't make mistakes to lose the game.

While the Redskins stand at 1-1, they are technically atop the NFC East. The Giants and Eagles are both 1-1, and have scored more points, but do not have a division win to their credit.

McNabb will give Washington an edge against the Eagles, as he no doubt has a score to settle as Brett Favre did when the Packers shipped him to the Jets.

McNabb returns to Philadelphia for the first time as an opponent on October 3, and it will likely be a bittersweet reunion between him and the fans that boo everything and everyone.

Perhaps the other teams in the NFL will amount to collateral damage, but rest assured McNabb is out to prove the Eagles were wrong to think their best option was to hand the team over to Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick, the former suffering an injury in the season opener that prompted the promotion of the latter to starter.

While the Eagles slowly become a mess with quarterback controversy, McNabb is carrying on the work he started in Philadelphia: Winning.

And the fans in Washington couldn't be happier with that. Rest assured, Redskins faithfuls won't boo their quarterback in spite of winning.