Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans win Monday games
Philadelphia built a big lead using ex-Oregon coach Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense and won 33-27 at Washington. Houston rallied from 21 points down to edge host San Diego 31-28.
The Associated Press
LANDOVER, Md. – After Michael Vick knelt for the final time, having sapped the life out of the Robert Griffin III welcome-back party, the exhausted Philadelphia Eagles’ offense exchanged the usual pleasantries with the even-more-spent Washington defense.
“The Redskins were like, ‘Next time we play you guys, you need to slow it down a bit,’ ” Eagles center Jason Kelce said.
Good luck with that. Quarterback RG3 and his Washington team just couldn’t match the pace of Vick, LeSean McCoy and the frenetic offense unleashed by coach Chip Kelly on the NFL on Monday night. The Eagles crammed 53 plays into a 30-minute first half, took a 26-point lead in the third quarter and held on for a 33-27 victory over the defending NFC East champs.
Running the don’t-take-a-breath attack that won 87 percent of the time during Kelly’s four seasons at the University of Oregon, Vick completed 15 of 25 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran nine times for 54 yards and a score. McCoy piled up 184 yards on 31 carries, including a 34-yard TD. DeSean Jackson had seven catches for 104 yards and a TD.
“I’ve never been a part of anything like it,” Vick said. “When the first quarter was over, I thought we was about to go into halftime. It was unreal. The only thing I could tell myself was, ‘It’s going to be a long season.’ ”
In a game played eight months after he had major knee surgery, Griffin was 30 of 49 for 329 yards, with two touchdowns and two passes picked off.
Houston rallies past San Diego
SAN DIEGO – Randy Bullock kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired, and the Houston Texans rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half for a 31-28 victory over San Diego, spoiling the debut of Chargers coach Mike McCoy.
Brian Cushing returned an interception 18 yards for the tying touchdown with 9:30 to play for the Texans, who trailed 28-7 late in the third quarter.
Matt Schaub threw a tipped interception on Houston’s first play of the season, but recovered to pass for 346 yards and three touchdowns.
San Diego’s Philip Rivers was 14 of 29 for 195 yards and four touchdowns.