Eagles' new-look defense had an outstanding debut, too, in convincing win at Washington

While Chip Kelly's offense received most of the attention for a sensational start, the Philadelphia Eagles' defense also had an impressive debut.

That's the bigger surprise.

The Eagles were expected to score plenty of points with Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson playing in Kelly's up-tempo offense. But the defense figured to have some growing pains learning new coordinator Billy Davis' 3-4 scheme.

Instead, they had no trouble adjusting.

Led by Trent Cole, Mychal Kendricks and Cary Williams, the defense was aggressive and opportunistic. They forced three turnovers, sacked Robert Griffin III three times and recorded a safety in a 33-27 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.


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