Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was tasked with a career-high 31 carries. Vick came up limping at the end of a 36-yard run early in the fourth quarter. He managed just 9 second-half passing yards after taking entirely too many hits early on. The 33-year-old still was walking gingerly after the game.
Kelly certainly has concocted an offense that will allow Vick and McCoy to thrive. The test will be keeping his offensive stars in one piece while putting them at greater risk because of the taxing play count.
Here's what else we learned from Monday night's two games:
- Monday night was a lesson for anyone who didn't realize how much Kelly loves to run the ball. The Eagles ran 49 times, more than Andy Reid did in any game during his entire 14-year tenure in Philadelphia. It wasn't all about the team's big lead, either. McCoy had more yards by halftime than any running back did in an entire game on Sunday.
- Without the read option to slow down defenses, Washington's running game wasn't effective. Alfred Morris had his worst game as a pro, losing one fumble and botching an end-zone pitch from Griffin.
- Texans defensive stars Brian Cushing and J.J. Watt came up with huge plays late in the game after failing to make an impact for three quarters. Rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins played a similar game on offense. Houston's comeback was successful because it stayed patient and balanced on offense, in stark contrast to San Diego.