The highlights are there for you, but if you watched the game live you truly know how big of a blowout this game should have been. Thirty-three unanswered points. Could have and should have been 40-0 at halftime. More points the first half than they scored in any full game last season. More points in the first half than the Redskins had plays.
Let’s start with the obvious — OFFENSE:
LeSean McCoy is the second-best running back in the world (All Day). Nobody wants to be the guy who prematurely compares the guy to Barry Sanders, but there’s nothing premature about it anymore. Hes proven it time and again. Shady has Barry Sanders-level juke-ability. Cut on dime, indeed. Chip worked his ass hard (pause) to the point where LeSean was begging for more Bryce Brown carries. Shady might lead the league in every rushing category.
DeSean Jackson is not dead, folks. He was just dead in Andy Reid’s offense. If you drafted him late in fantasy like I did, you got a steal. Still one of the fastest guys in the league.
Michael Vick is going to make his mistakes, but he still has a top-3 arm and top-3 QB speed. Got hit entirely too much last night, but if he can somehow stay healthy, this offense will remain dangerous.
Offensive Line wasn’t as dominant in pass protection as they can be, but they run blocked like crazy. I honestly thought some of the Redskins players wouldn’t make it through the game they looked so tired. Defenses are not ready for this pace and some won’t make it.
Mychal Kendricks has Pro Bowl talent and is finally playing Pro Bowl football. Best coverage linebacker on the team (slightly better than Connor Barwin) and maybe the best blitzing linebacker as well. Slammed RGIII’s crippled ass on the grass and was the motor that kept the defense aggressive.
Cary Williams made up for all that fighting and sconce talk. A pick, a sack, and great coverage for most of the night will do that.
The Defensive line as a whole (unexpectedly) held their own against a very good Redskins running attack and proved that the Chip Kelly Eagles aren’t just an offensive football team. Got turnovers. The defense was aggressive, got blitz pressure early, and only let up scores at the end because rookie Jordan Poyer was playing starting corner for a while and Patrick Chung sucks in coverage.
We now know why Brandon Boykin is staying at slot corner, because Nickel coverage is almost a base coverage these days. Most teams run a 3-receiver set as their default package, which means Boykin is a “starter”. That first pick against RGIII proves how valuable slot covers have become.
Great coverage for the most part and even the punting was great. What else do you want out of special teams?
Overall, Eagles fans, this is your time to get geeked. Haters will say things like “calm down it’s only Week 1″, but that’s only because their teams lost to the Cowboys or almost lost to the Bills. Chip Kelly coached circles Mike Shanahan and this was his first pro football game ever. Ever. Think about that for a second.
The Chargers got no shot. GO BIRDS.