After being lulled into a deep sleep over the past few years, it didn’t take long for Chip Kelly to wake Philadelphia and let people know that football is back. The Philadelphia Eagles took the field against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football as underdogs to the reigning NFC East Champions. However, Kelly and the Eagles wasted little time making it known that a new era of Philadelphia football has begun.
The Eagles posted 33 points before halftime, running ramped on Washington through their multi-faceted offensive monster. LeSean McCoy had a career night, racking up 184 yards on the ground. Michael Vick looked unsure at times, but completed passes when it was necessary and most important of all, protected the ball. DeSean Jackson quietly racked up over 100 yards receiving, scoring a touchdown and continuing to create openings at will. Overall, the Eagles offense did have a few hiccups, but looked like a team that has been playing this style of football for some time now, not one in their first game doing so.
The big story of the return of football to Philadelphia was the performance of the young and inexperienced defense. Entering the game, the questions swirled as to their readiness to handle a talent such as Robert Griffin III. The defense answered the call, forcing three turnovers from Washington in the first half alone. They appeared ready to play, which is a great sign for things to come from the Eagles if they can stay consistent, which didn’t seem to be the case in the second half.
Excitement has been building to the inaugural game for Kelly, and now the answers have come. He is ready for the NFL and the challenges of matching up against some of the great defensive coordinators in the game. The Eagles are ready to get back to playing Philadelphia football, something that has been missing in the City of Brotherly Love for some time now.