Updated: It's 45-14 Eagles at the half and history has been made -- the most the Birds had ever scored in a half was 42 points, in their 56-21 victory over the Lions Sept. 23, 2007, the day of the yellow and blue unis that we've never seen again. (I think they got lost in a storage shed somewhere, alongside Reggie Brown's talent.)
Michael Vick, who probably thinks the Donovan McNabb contract would be a nice starting point for his negotiations, is 14 of 18 for 264 yards and three touchdowns, for a perfect 158.3 passer rating. McNabb, after a slow start, is nine of 16 for 206, 2 TDs and a pair of INTs that led to 14 Eagles points.His passer rating is 101, but the rainsoaked Fed Ex Field patrons don't seem to find that comforting.
Earlier: Never let it be said that Redskins fans lack a sense of humor. When the ref announced the end of the first quarter, the Eagles leading 28-0, a hearty cheer went up from the rain-flecked masses at Fed Ex Field.
They really, really couldn't believe it when the Birds scored on the first play of the second quarter, a 48-yard bomb from Mike Vick to Jeremy Maclin. If you're keeping score at home, Vick now is 9 for 9 for 229 yards (25.4 yards per attempt), 3 touchdowns and a perfect 158.3 passer rating. The other starting quarterback, who apparently got a new contract today, is 2 for 6 for 6 yards and an interception, for a 2.8 passer rating.
Earlier: The Eagles fell behind 14-0 very quickly the first time these teams played, so it's only fair they returned the favor in their visit to Fed Ex Field. They scored two touchdowns in the first 4:43, starting with an 88-yard bomb on the opening play from Mike Vick to DeSean Jackson. It was the longest pass play in either player's career.
Jackson, who jawed with LaRon Landry in pregame warmups, left Landry flailing in his wake on the TD, the throw traveling an unofficial 62 yards in the air.
The second TD, Vick scrambled 7 yards, narrowly avoiding a hit at the goalline from DeAngelo Hall, who was part of the sandwich that tore Vick's rib cartilage at the goalline in the first meeting.
The Eagles scored again after Donovan McNabb, under pressure on third down, tried to hit Santana Moss, who saw the pass bounce off his fingers to Eagles safety Kurt Coleman, making his first NFL start.
Six plays later, Vick shoveled a pass to LeSean McCoy for an 11-yard TD and a 21-0 lead.
Earlier: Eagles inactives for tonight are pretty much what we expected except that rookie tight end Clay Harbor, inactive since the opener, is in tonight and Garrett Mills is out.
Otherwise, there's Nate Allen (neck), Ellis Hobbs (hip), Chad Hall, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, King Dunlap, Reggie Wells and third QB Mike Kafka.
The Birds are going with just seven active offensive linemen. Nick Cole is expected to start at right guard. Max Jean-Gilles is active after having been cleared following a concussion suffered last Sunday. Jean-Gilles thought he would be starting, when he practiced on Saturday, but Eagles coach Andy Reid didn't commit to that.
The Redskins, as expected, deactivated Clinton Portis, who suffered a serious groin injury in the previous meeting with the Eagles. Return specialist Brandon Banks, who underwent knee surgery during the 'Skins' bye week, is active, which is a mild surprise. Banks authored a 53-yard punt return in that last Eagles-Redskins game.