Michael Vick scored three touchdowns as the Philadelphia Eagles claimed an impressive road victory over the Washington Redskins on Sept. 9 in FedEx Field in Landover Md.
It was the first action for Redskins quarterbacks Robert Griffin III, who sat out all preseason while recovering from knee surgery. Unfortunately for Griffin, the extended time away from the field led to a dismal performance during the first half against the Eagles as he tossed two interceptions and just more than 60 yards in the first 2 quarters of the game.
The Redskins offense didn’t score any points in the first half. Philly led 25-7 at halftime with Washington’s only first half score coming from a fumble recovery and return for a defensive touchdown by cornerback DeAngelo Hall.
Redskins running back Alfred Morris, who set a new Redskins single season record last year with 1,613 rushing yards, also struggled with two fumbles in the first half. Both of his fumbles led to scores for the Eagles, including a fumble in the Skins’ own end zone that resulted in a safety.
Vick was outstanding in the debut of Eagles rookie head coach Chip Kelly; the former University of Oregon coach showed off his up-tempo offense as Philly easily and quickly moved the ball against the Redskins’ defense.
Vick finished the game 15-for-25 for 203 yards, two passing touchdowns and also ran for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy also had a big night, running for 184 yards and a touchdown.
Griffin took advantage of the Eagles’ prevent defense in the second half and found a rhythm late in the game; he finished 30-for-49 for 329 yards, two touchdowns and two picks.
Washington will next face the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 15 in Green Bay, Wis.