Chip Kelly made his NFL debut with a bang: 26 points. 341 yards on 53 plays.
Oh, and I'm writing this at halftime. That's nothing short of ridiculous:
Eagles have run 53 1st half plays, greater than or equal to 4 teams' complete game totals on Sunday (CAR, PIT, IND, MIN).— Ryan Hudson (@ry_hudson) September 10, 2013
Eagles had 21 first downs in the first half, which is more than 18 teams had in their entire game in Week 1.— Ryan Hudson (@ry_hudson) September 10, 2013
Eagles have 21 first downs in the first half. Last year, the most they had in a GAME was 26.— Paul Domowitch (@pdomo) September 10, 2013
Eagles 53 plays. Washington 47 YARDS— Jason Cole (@JasonPhilCole) September 10, 2013
Michael Vick had 190 yards and a pair of touchdowns. LeSean McCoy had 115 yards on 20 carries. And all this happened. Yes, get to your fantasy league and pick them up now.
Some of Philadelphia's ridiculous numbers have to deal with a Redskins offense that couldn't hang onto the ball, turning the ball over on two of their first four plays and possessing it for less than ten minutes in the first half. Part of it was a relentless onslaught of intriguing formations and elite athleticism unleashed at an absolutely frenetic pace by the former Oregon head coach.
Kelly's ability to adjust to the NFL was questioned by many of the media who believed the physically superior athletes in the NFL would eat "gimmickry" alive.
After one half, it appears those people were very, very, very wrong.
Look at that hole!!! Keep in mind these vaunted NFL Defensive Coordinators have had 8 months to slow down this "gimmick college offense"— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 10, 2013
They ran sets like this (note the unbalanced line)
Shanahan: "Can you please just set the clock to zero? This isn't very fun"— Smart Football (@smartfootball) September 10, 2013
This isn't football, this is arson.— Adam Jacobi (@Adam_Jacobi) September 10, 2013