Monday, November 15, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Eagles 59, Redskins 28
By Matt Mosley
LANDOVER, Md. -- Here are some thoughts on the Philadelphia Eagles' 59-28 beatdown of the Washington Redskins on Monday:
What it means: If Michael Vick's not the best quarterback in the league right now, he's at least in the top three. He threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns. And he ran for two more scores. On a day when the Redskins gave Donovan McNabb a five-year extension worth $78 million, Vick was easily the best quarterback on the field. If McNabb's worth $40 million guaranteed, what could Vick bring on the open market? He's almost four years younger than McNabb and he's an elite quarterback in this league. The Skins are apparently basing their McNabb contract on hope that he will regain the form he showed for many years with the Eagles. But right now, it looks like the Eagles traded McNabb at the right time. McNabb had three interceptions in Monday's loss.
Play that broke it open: I don't think anyone at FedEx Field thought the Redskins would punch back when Vick connected on an 88-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson on the first play from scrimmage. Jackson used one of his patented double moves to get free for the deep ball. Redskins safety LaRon Landry was beaten so badly that he tried to interfere with Jackson at the last moment. Vick toyed with Skins defenders throughout the game. And when they covered his receivers, he simply tucked the ball and raced for big chunks of yardage.
Catch of the game: Jeremy Maclin made it 35-0 early in the second quarter when he made an acrobatic catch for a touchdown. He used his body to shield a defender as he somehow hauled in the pass. At that point, Vick knew that pretty much anything he put in the air was going to be caught. Jackson, Maclin and Jason Avant are the best trio of receivers in the NFL right now.
Skins' season over? I don't think we'll hear from the Skins again this season. They fell to 4-5 and they may be surpassed at some point by the new-look Dallas Cowboys. McNabb was horrible in this game. But honestly, the Redskins were outmanned from the start. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett had an extra week to prepare for the Eagles -- and this is what he came up with?
What's next for the Eagles? This sets up an NFC East showdown between the Eagles and Giants in Philly. Both teams are 6-3 on the season. But based on Monday's performance, you'd have to say the Eagles will be the favorites. If Vick keeps playing like this, the Eagles could end their season in Arlington, Texas.