Well, That Was Impressive
The Eagles had never won a season opener by 35 points, until they did it Sunday. The result might have had a lot to do with a really putrid Rams performance, but it still counts, and it was still unprecedented.
Coaches and players don't gush over season-opening victories. It's kind of an unwritten rule, right up there with never mentioning to an opposing player that his disappointing performance is killing your fantasy team.
So, Andy Reid intoned that beating the St. Louis Rams, 38-3, while not allowing them a single third down conversion (they were 0-for-11), and while accumulating 522 net yards, was "a good way to start the season."
"There's going to be a lot of things we can work on for the next week," Reid said, possibly regretting the 46-yard Josh Brown field goal with nine minutes left that ruined the shutout.
The Eagles had three receivers catch 100 yards worth of passes, for the first time since Dec. 18, 1960, when the pass-catchers were Tommy McDonald, Pete Retzlaff and Tim Brown.
This will be the first time those three have been mentioned in connection with DeSean Jackson (6 catches, 106 yards), Greg Lewis (5 for 104) and Hank Baskett (2 for 102), but at least in Jackson's case, it might not be the last.
It was the most dominating first-game win in the 76 seasons of franchise history, which won't mean much a week from Monday at Dallas, but was a welcome respite from the way so many seasons have started in the Reid era. Reid is now 4-6 in openers, and even if he really believes what he said Sunday about the first game being "the most overrated," we all know last season started with a silly giveaway of a 16-13 loss at Green Bay, and we all know how that season turned out. This was much, much more promising.