Robert Griffin III was a question mark, untested with no preseason experience. Chip Kelly stood on the sidelines wearing a darker shade of green.
In the 157th meeting between the Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles, a Week 1 marquee matchup on Monday Night Football showcased two of the most prominent NFL story lines from the summer of 2013.
How would RGIII fare in his first game action since rehabilitating a surgically reconstructed right knee? How effective would Chip Kelly’s quick-strike Oregon offense be in the NFL?
Griffin III threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns, but was most productive when the game was out of hand. Kelly’s offense amassed 443 yards of offense in a 33-27 Philadelphia win.
All in all, the Redskins lead the all-time series 81-71-5 including a playoff victory in 1990. Washington has more wins against the Eagles than any other opponent.
On Oct. 11, 1964, Sonny Jergensen faced off against the team that didn’t want him anymore.
The Eagles traded the Redskins Jergensen for quarterback Norm Snead in 1963. In his first game against the team that drafted him, Jergensen led the Redskins to a 35-20 win by passing for 385 yards and five touchdowns. No Redskin has thrown for more yards or touchdowns against the Eagles in a single game.
Bobby Mitchell caught 12 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns. No Redskin has amassed more yards receiving against Philadelphia in one contest.
The Boston Braves dispatched the Eagles, 6-0, in the first faceoff between the franchises on Nov. 18, 1934.
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