Much will be made of spectacular performances by LeSean McCoy and to a lesser degree Michael Vick, but the true game ball goes to Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.
Kelly orchestrated and implemented a game plan that the helpless Washington Redskins defense simply was not ready for as Redskins defenders were getting torched in the first half and couldn’t catch their breath for much of the game.
To put it simply Kelly exploded onto the scene. His uptempo offense, which he showed glimpses of in the preseason, was out in full force as he ran and threw his way to 26 first half points on 53 first half plays in a pace that was faster than even expected.
The Redskins had months to prepare for the Eagles’ frenetic offense. Kelly still had Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett‘s head spinning with the different formations and options the offense presented which just seemed to be too much for the veteran defensive mind.
Honorable mention has to go to McCoy. He was a monster rushing the ball 31 times for 184 yards and running for the most yards by an Eagle running back against the Redskins in franchise history. McCoy’s breathless runs left Redskins defenders looking foolish, and “Shady” broke more than a few ankles on the night.
This was Kelly’s night. Vick and owner Jeffrey Lurie presented him with the game ball after his opening night victory as his warp speed offense took storm of the league on this night. If Kelly and his offense can keep up this pace there will be many more game balls to pass around.