NFC East: 2013 Week 1 NFL Buzz

Locker Room Buzz: Philadelphia Eagles

September, 10, 2013
LANDOVER, Md. -- Observed in the locker room after the Philadelphia Eagles' wild 33-27 victory at the Washington Redskins:

Kelly has "fun" in debut: Rich Kotite was the last Eagles head coach to win his very first game, and he inherited a playoff team. Chip Kelly took a team that was 4-12 last season and beat the defending NFC East champions -- on the road in a hugely entertaining "Monday Night Football" game.

"It was just the atmosphere," Kelly said. "When I coached at Oregon, we had the best home-field advantage in the country, we felt. But we always loved going on the road, just that feeling of being in a hostile environment. Our players felt that. Although I did hear some Eagles chants."

Williams comes up big: Cornerback Cary Williams did not speak to reporters after his practice fight with wide receiver Riley Cooper made headlines last week. Williams saved it for the field. He had a sack, an interception and broke up Robert Griffin III's fourth-down pass in the fourth quarter.

"The interception was cool," Williams said. "I just wanted to help my team win."

Williams still didn't want to discuss the fight.

"We had a great win today," he said. "We won the game. I have no animosity toward Riley. It was just two tough guys, two competitors, playing the game we love. We bounced back from it. That's really all that counts."

Fatigue for everyone: On a humid night, the Eagles' intense offensive pace was a test -- for both teams.

"That was the first time I needed oxygen since college," Eagles center Jason Kelce said. "I don't want to say [fatigue] led to the poor play in the second half. I think both teams were tired. We were taking a knee [in the final minute], and one guy was like, 'Next time we play you guys, you've got to slow it down a bit.' "

Locker Room Buzz: Washington Redskins

September, 9, 2013
LANDOVER, Md. -- Observed inside the Washington Redskins' locker room after their 33-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles:

Still ailing: Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was still being evaluated for his concussion after the game. No word yet on how bad it was; we can’t talk to him because he had concussion symptoms. And it was hard to tell how he was doing based on how he looked. He was talking to one of the team doctors afterward.

Tough go: The Eagles managed 443 yards of offense and ran 77 plays. They averaged 5.8 yards per play, a hefty amount. "When you're wrong, you're wrong. That offense is going to be a force to be reckoned with in this league," corner DeAngelo Hall said. But, linebacker London Fletcher said, “They didn’t run any plays we haven’t seen. The passing game was everything we’ve seen them run. They may have had one or two or three concepts we haven’t seen before, but that happens every game.”

Offense surprised: Receiver Pierre Garcon, who left the game with cramps, was fine afterward and spoke as long as any player in the locker room. He was one of the first to talk; he was also the last one to talk. “We didn’t know what they were going to do on defense,” Garcon said. “They surprised us. They had a lot of looks we weren’t expecting, and we didn’t get a hang of it until the second half. “

Mood: I’ve seen the Redskins react much worse to a loss. It was not a completely silent room by any means; there was disappointment and some befuddlement because of how the game transpired. But they had the feel of a team that had been in this spot before and wasn't going to overreact to one defeat. “This is a 16-round boxing match and Round 1’s over, so we’ll go a round next week,” center Will Montgomery said.

Locker Room Buzz: Dallas Cowboys

September, 9, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Observed in the locker room after the Cowboys’ 36-31 win against the New York Giants:

Romo says he’s fine: Quarterback Tony Romo said he will have X-rays on Monday after taking a shot to his ribs before halftime by Justin Trattou and Mathias Kiwanuka. Romo completed 11 of 16 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown in the second half and admitted it took him time to get loose.

“You have to suck it up and go,” Romo said. “It’s part of playing football.”

Takeaways but a lot of yards: For the first time since Dec. 14, 2003, the Cowboys recorded six takeaways in a game. They blanked Washington 27-0 on that night but needed an interception return for a touchdown by Brandon Carr to seal Sunday's game. Eli Manning threw for 450 yards and had three 100-yard receivers on Sunday, but he was also intercepted three times to go with his four touchdown passes.

“We gave up a lot of yards,” linebacker Sean Lee said. “We have to improve that, but I thought we did a good job in a lot of ways."

Home, sweet home: Jerry Jones finally has a win against the Giants at his $1.2 billion stadium. The Cowboys were 0-4 against the Giants, with the defeats coming by a total of 16 points and in a variety of disappointing ways. Jones finally sold the naming rights to the stadium, which is now called AT&T Stadium, this summer.

“Well, I’m going to do whatever it takes to beat these Giants,” Jones said. “I changed the name of the stadium.”

Locker Room Buzz: New York Giants

September, 9, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Observed in the locker room after the New York Giants' 36-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Red-faced coach: Tom Coughlin was absolutely furious with his team for turning the ball over six times. "I'm totally embarrassed about that sloppy, sloppy football," Coughlin said. "You can't win turning the ball over. The carelessness, the lack of understanding that that's how you lose."

Pumping up David Wilson: The second-year running back, of whom so much is expected this season, was benched in the third quarter after his second fumble of the game. Terrell Thomas said he spoke to Wilson. "I told him, 'This is how you define yourself,'" Thomas said. "Are you going to tuck your tail, or are you going to come back strong?" The Giants know they need Wilson to play. Asked if he thought Wilson would get down on himself, Eli Manning said, "That's not an option." Of his benching, Wilson said, "Coach made that decision, and I can't blame him for it."

Not there yet: Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, coming off June back surgery, played mainly on third downs and said he wasn't at his best. He said his back didn't hurt and he wasn't tired, but that he "needs to get in that football shape."