The Philadelphia Eagles opened up this game scaring every NFL coach with its fast paced offense. Chip Kelly changed this team a ton since last season, but there are some things to worry about. First the good, Michael Vick was pretty efficient completing 15 for 25 passes with a pair of TDs. He also ran for 54 yards and a TD with a huge 36 yard run late in the 4th quarter.(QBR of 112.6) LeSean McCoy, who was very high on before the season start, was lights out. McCoy touched the ball 31 times, for 184 yards and a TD. McCoy’s cuts are electrifying and ‘Madden like’. Robert Griffin III did not have a good first half but came on in the second.
Griffin was 30 for 49 attempts, 329 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs. I noticed early that his mechanics with throwing was not normal. He wasn’t planting his left foot hard on intermediate to deep passes and it would show by some bad passes early. Robert didn’t look comfortable at all, throwing off his back foot on a few throws he got hit on. Later in the game he seemed to shake the rust off a bit and played better. What I took from this game was the Eagles ran 77 offensive plays against Washington (53 at the half).
That is a lot of plays for Michael Vick, the turnover machine, to touch the ball. He did take care of the ball tonight despite the first fumble early on, but he did take many hits. We all know about Michael Vick’s health and how he has only ever completed a full 16 game season once so this worries me running 77 offensive plays.If that’s the average amount of plays they run all year, that’s over 1200 offensive plays that Michael Vick will touch the ball. More plays – more chances for turnovers or injuries.
Vick’s Eagles did have a sense of swagger tonight that had Washington sort of in shock for a period of time. Washington had no answers for McCoy and the offense, and I still don’t think they have an answer. The level of play the Eagles brought tonight might bring confidence and momentum to Philly, which is a strong factor.
What you can’t take too seriously: Philadelphia still has holes, especially on defense. This team is known for turnovers and let a 33-7 just about slip away.
What you can take away from this game: The Eagles will compete for the NFC East (if Vick stays upright and doesn’t turn the ball over)