Remember a certain Monday Night Football game with Washington Redskins not too long ago? DeSean Jackson and members of the Redskins’ secondary had to be separated in pregame warmups. On the first offensive play of the game, Michael Vick rolls and fires a bomb to Jackson for a touchdown. The Philadelphia Eagles continued that tone for the rest of the game and ended with a dominating win. Thinking back to that night, I’ve put together what I want to see on Monday.
Yesterday it came out that the league has moved the start time for the MNF opener between the Eagles and Redskins back to 6:55. People want to see this game, because there are a number of stories to follow. Robert Griffin III will make his first start after not playing the entire preseason. Will his knee hold up? Will he be rusty? Vick must show that he can rebound from his final poor performance in the preseason and fully grasp this offense. Here is what I’m looking for:
-The Chip Kelly offense at full speed. Right now I want to see it all. Give us fast plays, hand signals, triple spread options, and running back to the line of scrimmage. Give us 85 plays a game and run up the score. I want domination. Let’s see LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown each put up 100 yards rushing. I want DeSean Jackson with a pair of touchdowns. This is what this offense had waited for since Kelly’s hiring. The mystery is over. Let’s show the world the next great offensive revolution.
-Special teams setting the tone. Damaris Johnson needs to break off a huge return, and kick coverage must be tight. RG III needs to be pinned deep in his zone throughout this game. I want opponents to worry every time they need to punt or kick.
-A defense finally getting it together. This is the biggest question in the group. Billy Davis must have his unit ready to play. He should watch the film from the Jacksonville Jaguars preseason game and see how they beat the few attempts Kelly made at the read option. I want to see communication here with Patrick Chung and Nate Allen on the same page. Let’s have some gap discipline and live in the backfield to prevent the Redskins’ running game from getting started.
Finally, they need to make good adjustments. Let’s see Kelly and Davis change their calls at halftime to match what the Redskins are doing. That will be the true test. If the Eagles can put these things together, they will be off to a strong start for the season.