It took Robert Griffin III about 2 and a half quarters to finally shake off his rust, but by the time he finally did, it was too late as the Philadelphia Eagles held on to win 33-27 in a thrilling game.
Maybe it wasn’t the best idea for RGIII to sit out the entire pre-season.
In the first half, the Eagles played very similarly to how Oregon played when coached by Chip Kelly running a high tempo offense. Besides a deflected backwards pass that was picked up by DeAngelo Hall and returned 75 yards for a touchdown, the Eagles dominated in all aspects outscoring Washington 26-0 while running 53 plays, the most in the NFL in almost 4 seasons. The Eagles out-gained the Redskins 322-75 in the half, and it appeared the game would end in a blow out.
However, the Redskins responded late in the 3rd quarter with a well-executed 8-play 65 yard drive capped off by an Alfred Morris 5-yard run. A Jason Avant fumble at the Eagles 35 yard line once again put Washington in business.
Four plays later, RGIII hooked up with Leonard Hankerson on a 10-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 13.
The Eagles defense buckled down for the next 10 minutes holding Washington scoreless, but the Redskins finally broke through with 1:14 left when RGIII again hit Hankerson for another score to make the score 33-27. RGIII finished with 329 yards passing, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions on 30/49 passing.
An ensuing onside kick was recovered by Jason Avant and the Eagles walked out of FedEx field a winner.
LeSean McCoy carried the load for Philly in this one rushing for a league high 184 yards on 31 carries and a touchdown.
DeSean Jackson, who was going at it with DeAngelo Hall all game, played a terrific game and looks to be a great fit in the Eagles new fast-paced offense. Jackson had 7 catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Michael Vick was superb in the first half, but injured his groin in the 3rd quarter and didn’t look the same after that. He only threw 4 second half passes. It’s unclear what the severity of Vick’s injury is.
If Vick can stay healthy, the Eagles could shock the NFL by making a playoff run. But based on how game 1 went, that doesn’t look plausible. Vick didn’t help his cause by throwing several blocks, something Eagles fans would rather not see him do.
Up next for the Eagles is a matchup with the Chargers at home, while the Redskins visit the Packers at Lambeau. You can bet Green Bay will be geared up doing anything and everything possible to avoid a dreaded 0-2 start.
Final Score: Eagles 33, Redskins 27