By Art Beitchman
It took Eagles rookie Josh Huff all of 13 seconds to take the opening kick 107 yards down the field and into the record books. The TD gave the Birds a 7-0 lead and they never looked back, beating the Titans 43-24.
Huff broke Timmy Brown’s 105-yarder set in 1961. The Eagles take their 8-3 record into Dallas for a Thanksgiving Day showdown versus the Cowboys.
Mark Sanchez completed 30 passes for 307 yards, including two interceptions, which is alarmingly becoming the norm, good enough to beat the Titans, but most likely not a NFC playoff team.
LeSean McCoy also had a solid game on the ground, going 21/130 yards and a touchdown, good enough to keep the local jackals off his neck for another week. But they’ll be back.
The Titans’ offense was pedestrian at best, featuring a bunch of no-names who really only scored during a prolonged periods of garbage time, never threatening to come back and win the game.
Huff’s kickoff return, coupled with Chris Polk’s earlier in the season gives the Eagles the distinction of being the first team since the 1970 Packers to have two players from the same team score TD’s on a kickoff for over 100 yards in the same season.
Chip Kelly was asked at his day-after presser if playing on Thanksgiving was significant. He simply said, “We don’t wax nostalgic about it, we’ll just go out and play.”
Play begins on Thursday November 27, @ 4:30pm on Fox-29, versus the Dallas Cowboys for 1st place in the NFC East.