If a football coach ever wants to show his team how to play perfect offense, he will show the first half of the Eagles-Redskins Monday Night Football matchup earlier this season.
The Eagles were 5-3 and fresh off a huge win against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.
The Washington Redskins were 4-4 and needed a win to save their season. Quarterback Donovan McNabb had been benched in the loss to the Lions two weeks earlier, but he had been (strangely) rewarded with a five-year, $78 million dollar contract extension the day of the game.
Most expected the Eagles to win, especially since they lost a rather embarrassing game to the Redskins in week four; a game that saw Michael Vick knocked out in the first quarter and Jason Avant drop a potential game-winning touchdown on the final play of the game.
But not many expected a rout like few other games in the history of the league.
Before the game, Redskins’ safety LaRon Landry engaged in a minor confrontation with DeSean Jackson, causing the two players to be separated.
The Eagles struck on the first play of the game, when Michael Vick connected with DeSean Jackson for an 88-yard touchdown. And yes, the touchdown came with Landry on the field.
The defense forced a three-and-out and Vick led the Eagles down the field, rushing seven yards for a touchdown to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead five minutes into the game.
Safety Kurt Coleman intercepted a McNabb pass on third down, and running back LeSean McCoy caught an 11-yard touchdown to increase the lead to 21-0.
Backup running back Jerome Harrison added a breathtaking 50-yard touchdown run for the Eagles’ fourth touchdown.
And on the first play of the second quarter, Jeremy Maclin caught a 48-yard scoring strike to increase the lead to 35-0.
Vick added another rushing touchdown and Akers kicked a field goal, giving the Eagles an insurmountable 45-14 halftime lead.
The Eagles added two more touchdowns in the second half. The first was a three-yard touchdown strike to receiver Jason Avant, a play that is now more memorable for the inability of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to even pretend to chase Michael Vick. And the second was a 40-yard interception touchdown by cornerback Dimitri Patterson.
The Eagles led 59-21 with 20 minutes into the game. Had they played their starters for the full game and tried their hardest, I believe they would have scored three more touchdowns, which would have shattered the NFL record for most points in a game (the record is 73).
Michael Vick played the greatest game I have ever seen a quarterback play. He completed 20 of 28 passes for 333 yards. Four passes went for touchdowns. He also rushed eight times for 80 yards and two scores. He played so well that the Pro Football Hall of Fame called and asked for his jersey, which he donated.
Jerome Harrison rushed 11 times for 109 yards and a touchdown, a pretty remarkable performance for a backup running back.
Donovan McNabb tossed three interceptions and played poorly enough that Terrell Owens took a shot at his undeserving new contract after the game on Twitter.
After the game, ESPN analysts Trent Dilfer and Steve Young were practically speechless when talking about the Eagles’ offense during the game. Dilfer and Young both agreed that their might not be a single team in the National Football League that could stop the Eagles’ offense, particularly Michael Vick.
The victory improved the Eagles’ record to 6-3. The win completely erased any doubts about the Philadelphia Eagles as a legitimate Super Bowl contender.