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Washington Redskins can't overcome early deficit against Eagles' new offense

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was supposed to lead his team to a season-opening victory. But new Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly and Eagles quarterback Michael Vick had different ideas for the Washington Redskins.

By Joseph WhiteAssociated Press / September 10, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III hugs Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, left, after a NFL football game in Landover, Md., Monday Sept. 9, 2013. The Eagles defeated the Redskins 33-27.

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Landover, Md.

After Michael Vick kneeled down 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 Redskins defense.

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"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. RG3 and the Redskins just couldn't keep up with 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 upset of the defending NFC East champs.

"You have great dreams and you have nightmares," said Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, describing the first half. "That was a great dream."

Running the don't-take-a-breath attack that won 87 percent of the time during Kelly's four years at the University of Oregon, Vick completed 15 of 25 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns, and he also ran nine times for 56 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.'"

Perhaps the most remarkable accomplishment by the Eagles: They managed to upstage Griffin. The game was played eight months to the day since the Redskins quarterback had major knee surgery, and his return was the culmination of a dedicated, high-profile rehab that included a public clash with Washington coach Mike Shanahan that barely put a dent in the fans' fervent adoration for their franchise player.

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