Less than 12 hours after the Eagles' offensive show in D.C., the Las Vegas Hotel Superbook changed the odds on the Eagles' chances of winning the Super Bowl from 50/1 before Monday's 33-27 stunner over the Redskins to 25/1 on Tuesday. Heck, what will the odds be if the Eagles start the season 3-0?
You can't blame Eagles fans for being giddy after such an impressive showing against a rusty Redskins team. Players during training camp warned skeptics that Chip Kelly's uptempo offense would change the NFL. After the first week, there are significantly fewer doubters.
This is not your father's NFL offense. It is fun to watch and brutal to play on both sides of the ball. Center Jason Kelce needed oxygen during the game, and LeSean McCoy took himself out on a few occasions to get some air. The Redskins' defense had no answer for the Eagles' spread offense in the first half. We heard about Oregon's rapid offense that ran a play every 21.5 seconds. I'm sure Washington coaches watched plenty of Oregon film to prepare for Kelly's debut, but replicating that speed of play in practice is very difficult.
The Eagles' 53 plays in the first half were the most in any half by an NFL team in 15 years. The frenetic pace forces 1-on-1 situations for the ball carrier, an advantage that McCoy exploited time and time again, finishing with 184 yards on 31 carries. The Eagles were efficient, entertaining and explosive when they had the ball — a far cry from what we witnessed a year ago.
The national media will be all over Chip Kelly this week. With the Chargers coming to town on Sunday after a three-point loss to the Texans, there is not much time for San Diego to prepare for this high-octane brand of football in a short work week. The Chargers have four days before flying across the country to face Chipball. Shortly after the 1 p.m. kickoff Sunday, the Chargers' heads will be spinning not knowing what time zone they are in.
In the Eagles' opening drive Monday night, they moved the ball between the 20s in the first minute of the game before anyone could catch their breath. Can the Eagles sustain such a high energy level of play for 60 minutes? Did they learn a lesson about taking the foot off the gas pedal in the fourth quarter? There will be skeptics, but it's hard to argue the successful debut. The Eagles have finally shown their hand, and now the next move is up to the rest of the NFL in defending Chipball, beginning with the San Diego Chargers.