DeSean Jackson caught seven passes for 104 yards and one touchdown in the Eagles' 33-27 win over the Redskins on Monday. (AP)
Not only did the Eagles showcase themselves as drastically improved from their 2012 version, but DeSean Jackson said Monday’s win over the Redskins branded them as something even more.
“You can’t really predict any better way to go out -- first game of the year, Monday night, with the whole world watching and everybody doubting us, saying the Redskins are going to beat us and all this talk about RG3,” Jackson said Wednesday.
“For us to come out and put on a show like we did, I think it showed the whole world the Eagles are definitely a top-contending team to go out there and make some big things happen."
Jackson, who started his season with a seven-catch, 104-yard, one-touchdown effort, took plenty of calls and text messages from fellas around the league after the Eagles ran 77 plays and dropped 33 points on the Redskins at FedEx Field.
“I’m just getting feedback from other players in the league,” he said. “The fans, everybody really just like, ‘Man, that offense is crazy, that high tempo and things.’ I definitely think it caught everybody’s attention. But we can’t really get content, can’t really be satisfied. We still gotta go out there and keep working.”
Jackson has talked up Chip Kelly’s offensive mind frequently since the Eagles hired Kelly away from Oregon in January. Clearly, the NFL wasn’t as warm to the idea that Kelly could capture nationwide audiences and generate league-wide discussion for the long haul.
Unless they’re flexed into prime time later this season, the Eagles will appear before a national audience just once more this season -- next Thursday’s game against former coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs. All of their remaining 13 games are slated for 1 p.m., except road games against Denver and Oakland, which start at 4:25 p.m.
Jackson was asked if he thinks opinions about the Eagles have changed after the opener.
“I honestly could care less about how opinions changed,” he said. “Inside this locker room, inside the building, I think everyone knows what type of team we are. We have great players here that have some done great things in this league. It’s just one of those situations where … hopefully at the end of the year we’ll be one of the last teams standing. I’m just very excited about that.”