6:55 PM ET, September 9, 2013
FedEx Field, Landover, MD
Oddsmakers didn’t know would start the opener at quarterback for the Washington Redskins or the Philadelphia Eagles.
It was Michael Vick’s task to to win the job in the preseason and Robert Griffin III wasn’t given an opportunity to take the field but will finally be back under center tonight when his Washington team tries to spoil Chip Kelly’s debut as Philadelphia’s coach.
Even when Dr. James Andrews cleared Griffin last week, coach Mike Shanahan did not give any statement that he would start Week 1 until today. Shanahan and Griffin did not see eye to eye during training camp, with the quarterback wanting to see more practice time and action in games while the coach used a cautious approach.
The 23 year-old Griffin now takes his first snap in an NFL game since re-injuring his right knee in a playoff defeat versus the Seattle Seahawks, having undergone reconstructive surgery which left his status for the opener in doubt all offseason.
Those online sports betting fans rooting for Philadelphia hope Vick can get back to being the kind of player who so often dominated in 2010, leading a run to the NFL playoffs, instead of the turnover-prone and injury-plagued one from the past two years.
Vick had more turnovers (15) than total touchdowns (13) last year and had only one rushing TD for the second straight football season after having nine in 2010.
Coach Kelly is happy with his progress in the preseason, during which he was 20 of 28 for 333 yards and four touchdowns to go with 73 yards rushing.
While Vick may target deep threat DeSean Jackson even more after fellow starting receiver Jeremy Maclin was lost for this football season, LeSean McCoy should get enough touches after being limited to 200 carries in 12 games under coach Andy Reid in 2012 while totaling five touchdowns.
Alfred Morris nearly doubled McCoy’s rushing output (1,613 yards to 840), providing a potent 1-2 punch of rookies for Washington’s offense. The 24 year-old set a single-season franchise record and finished second in the NFL to Adrian Peterson, helping the Redskins finish 10-6 and win its first NFC East title since 1999.