Monday, September 9, 2013
Top things to know: Eagles at Redskins
By ESPN Stats & Information
Getty ImagesThe Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins kick off the 44th season of Monday Night Football (7 ET/ESPN). It will be the 677th game in the series and the eighth featuring these teams.
Michael Vick (left) and Robert Griffin III (right) meet for the first time on MNF.
Here are five stats Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will be talking about during the game.
1. Robert Griffin III will start after recovering from a torn ACL and LCL in his right knee. Griffin was hurt in the Redskins' playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 6. Today marks 246 days since he last played in a game after he missed all of preseason.
Griffin III was sacked or hit while throwing or rushing 106 times last season, third most in the NFL behind Cam Newton (161) and Andrew Luck. (115).
2. Chip Kelly replaces Andy Reid as Eagles head coach after Reid’s 14 seasons in Philadelphia.
Kelly brings his fast-paced offense from Oregon, where the Ducks averaged one offensive play per 20.5 seconds of possession in 2012, second fastest in FBS. This preseason, the Eagles averaged an NFL-fastest 22.4 seconds of possession per offensive play.
3. Alfred Morris, a sixth-round draft pick out of Florida Atlantic in 2012, ran for 1,613 yards last season, the third-highest total by a rookie in NFL history, behind only Eric Dickerson (1,808 yards in 1983) and George Rogers (1,674 in 1981).
Seven different players have rushed for 1,000 yards under Mike Shanahan, but Terrell Davis (four), Mike Anderson (two) and Clinton Portis (two) are the only ones to do so multiple times.
4. In Week 10 of the 2010 season, these teams met on Monday Night Football.
Michael Vick had the game of his lifetime, throwing four touchdown passes and running for two more (all but one touchdown pass came in the first half) in leading the Eagles to a 59-28 win at the Redskins.
His 99.8 Total QBR in that game is tied for the second-highest in a single game over the last five seasons. Carson Palmer's 99.9 Total QBR against the Bears in 2009 is the highest (Vick's total is tied with Eli Manning's 99.8 QBR at the Redskins in 2010).
5. The Eagles lost 11 of their final 12 games last season and have lost five straight divisional games, their longest losing streak against NFC East opponents since 2005-06 (lost seven straight).