It has been nine months, but Eagles guard Todd Herremans still has the script of the Philadelphia Eagles' first 15 plays against the Washington Redskins on his refrigerator. He has been with the Eagles since 2005, and never has he had a script run so smoothly.
"That was the most incredible first 15 I've ever been a part of,"
Herremans said. "We got three scores out of it."
The first play Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg drew up was a message-sending bomb from Michael Vick to DeSean Jackson that Jackson took to the house for an 88-yard touchdown. The only error the Eagles made in the first 15 plays was a false start by right guard Nick Cole. Otherwise, it was perfection. Vick completed all nine of his passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles gained 39 yards on six rushes, including a 7-yard touchdown run by Vick.
And on the Eagles' 16th offensive play of the game, they scored to go up 28-0. The first quarter wasn't even over yet, and Washington had yet to make a first down.
"It seemed like everything was clicking, even the defense," Herremans said. "It's tough to sit down for five or six minutes, and then go and find your rhythm again. When the defense is three-and-out, it's like you never left the field, and it's still the same drive."
Vick had had strong performances before. He entered the game having thrown 125 consecutive passes without an interception, including seven for touchdowns. He was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month in September after completing 61 percent of his passes for 750 yards and six touchdowns in three games. But he had also missed three weeks because the Redskins had injured his ribs in their first meeting in October.
To become the first player in NFL history to pass for 300 yards, rush for 50 yards, throw four touchdowns and rush for two more? No one saw that coming.
"That game was crazy," Herremans said. "It seemed like Mike was really coming into his own in that game. It was like, 'OK, Mike's back.'"
Herremans thinks the best is still to come from Vick.
"I think we'll see a lot more of that," he said. "I hope. Those are the fun games to play in."
Herremans has the script to prove it.
-- Ashley Fox, ESPN.com
Michael Vick, Jason Peters, Nick Cole, Todd Herremans, Andy Reid
DeAngelo Hall, Andre Carter, Lorenzo Alexander, Rocky McIntosh
Vick, shown scoring a second-quarter TD,
said it was a "perfect game," the best of his career.
Photo: AP Photo/Nick Wass