Developing story lines
DEVELOPING STORY LINES
* DeSean Jackson, with seven catches, was the only Eagle with more than two. Maybe that's why Pro Football Focus decided that Michael Vick ranks 27th in its cumulative quarterback summary after Week 1, a curious ranking for a guy who threw two touchdown passes and no picks. Vick was 15-for-25, for 203 yards.
In looking in depth at PFF's evaluation, I noticed it didn't credit Vick with ever throwing the ball away, in 25 attempts. I saw him throw it away at least twice. So I wonder, as usual, how authoritative that breakdown really is. Vick missed a few throws early, but he played an effective, smart game. Meanwhile Cam Newton, whose team scored seven points in Week 1, is PFF's 10th-rated QB.
* Didn't get a chance to ask DeMeco Ryans about this, but it sure looks on tape as if he is frantically signaling Cary Williams to come up to the line on the corner blitz that led to Williams' second-quarter sack of RGIII.
* Eagles special-teams coverage was excellent. The Redskins averaged 7 yards on two punt returns, 18.7 yards on three kickoff returns, Donnie Jones had four punts downed inside the Redskins' 20. Shout-out to Chris Polk, who streaked in and tackled kickoff returner Chris Thompson at the Redskins' 9 in the second quarter.
* It kind of got lost, because it preceded the lateral "fumble" for the Redskins' first touchdown, but the Eagles played hurry-up right through a fourth-and-1 at the Redskins' 21, didn't take a timeout as they might have under Andy Reid, just lined up and ran the ball 4 yards up the middle for a first down. Crisp, clean, effective. "It was well done," center Jason Kelce agreed. "We were trying to go so fast, I think I actually pointed out the wrong linebacker as the point on it, but because we were going at a high speed, it ended up working out."