Closing out week one of the NFL season, we have the first Monday Night Football game of the year. And the debut of MNF is a treat for us all, an NFC East battle between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins is sure to deliver in terms of entertainment. Michael Vick and RG III are two of the most exciting mobile quarterbacks around when healthy, since its week one they are as close to 100 percent as they will be all year.
New Coach Chip Kelly looks to come through with the first win of his young NFL career when his team travels to Washington tonight. Although his team is currently a 4 point underdog, there is reason to believe his team will leave town victorious.
Yeah, yeah, I know Philly was swept by the Skins in 2012, but that was with Nick Foles and the old Andy Reid regime leading the way. This year’s team looks to be far more dynamic on offense.
And Washington does not exactly have a stellar defense. The up tempo pace Kelly brings to the table is going to be too much for the Redskins to handle. It’s hard to envision an offensive scheme more perfectly suited to the skill set of Vick. He should be able to quickly deliver the ball to the open man, and as long as he protects himself from the big hit, will be able to tear the defense apart with his legs.
“I’m going to have the opportunity to do what I want to do in this offense and run the football,” Vick said. “And yes, I will be a threat. I think you’ve got to take on a certain mindset that you’re going to play the game all-out.”
When you go against the 27th ranked defense from a year ago (in terms of yardage) and the 29th ranked passing defense, putting up huge point totals with a fast paced offense designed to wear down opponents until they break should be a breeze.
Vick’s abilities should force defenses to account for both his arm and legs on every snap. When you have to focus that heavily on one player, others can get free. That is where LeSean ‘Shady’ McCoy comes in. A down year in 2012 in terms of scoring, he continues to be one of the most difficult backs to bring down in the open field. The very same open field he certainly will be seeing more of in 2013.
RG III and Alfred Morris will be able to keep this one close, and make it exciting, but they’re defense will prove to be too big of a short coming in the end for them to start the year off in the win column. The Eagles simply have too many weapons to be stopped.
Chip Kelly and the Eagles will start off with a win on Monday Night Football This team will look more like the Dream Team they have claimed to be in recent years now that they have finally shaken that label.
Philadelphia 34, Washington 28
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