Monday night's NFC East showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins was our first extended look at head coach Chip Kelly's frenetic offense in the NFL, and the Eagles ran wild early en route to a 33-27 win.
To coin a technical term, great googly-moogly. The Eagles received the opening kick, and it didn't take long for Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Enquirer to realize we were watching something new.
Bleacher Report NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller was forced to break some bad news to his Twitter followers.
The pace of the game was wearing out one defensive great, and he wasn't even in the game.
A backward pass was recovered by Washington and returned for a score to give the Redskins the first lead, but after a field goal and a Redskins turnover, the Eagles wasted no time finding the end zone.
Miller saw it coming.
Bleacher Report College Football Lead Writer Adam Kramer wasn't feeling much sympathy for Philly's opponents this year.
Meanwhile, Chris Wesseling on NFL.com pointed out a stat that should make Jaguars fans very sad.
Redskins beat reporter Grant Paulsen had another observation at first quarter's end that was every bit as eye-popping.
Mike Clay of NBC Sports pointed out that it wasn't just the offense playing lights-out football.
As the second quarter continued and Philly's lead increased, Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post relayed yet another staggering development.
A touchdown pass from Michael Vick to Brent Celek and a Vick touchdown run helped make it 26-7, and Philly fans were in full throat.
That's where things stood at halftime, as mind-bending stat after mind-bending stat rolled in.
A joke or two did as well.
It was all Eagles in an offensive show that most teams would kill for.
And it was only the first half.
The Redskins opened the third quarter with yet another turnover, and the Eagles kept pouring it on.
However, as Ian Kenyon of Bleacher Report pointed out, the Eagles' frenetic pace finally slowed in the third stanza.
Then, as a fumble by Eagles wideout Jason Avant allowed the Redskins to close within 13, the doubting Thomases began to emerge.
One stalled Philly drive later, that flock began to grow.
The Eagles made a big defensive stop, and as the team went to work on the clock, Don Banks of Sports Illustrated made an intriguing observation about Vick's performance.
The Redskins tried to mount one last late charge, but it was too little, too late. Final score: 33-27 Philadelphia. Chase Stuart of Football Guys mentioned a very interesting fact after the game.
A former Eagles great certainly liked what he saw.
Others weren't quite so impressed.
Granted, things slowed down a lot in the second half (after the Eagles were up 26 at 33-7), but after Monday night's game, at least one thing is sure: It's going to be an interesting season in the City of Brotherly Love.
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