LANDOVER, Md. - The Eagles' Chip Kelly Era got off to an encouraging start Monday night.

The Eagles jumped on the Redskins at the outset, using a dominant performance by their offense and defense to take a 26-7 halftime lead.

Running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver DeSean Jackson led the offense in the first two quarters. McCoy rushed for 115 yards onĀ  20 carries as part of Kelly's fast-break, read-option offense. When quarterback Michael Vick opted to throw, he usually found Jackson. Jackson snared seven passes in the first half for 104 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown.

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Vick also threw a 28-yard TD pass to tight end Brent Celek and scored his 35th career rushing touchdown - tying him with Randall Cunningham and Steve Grogan for eighth place among NFL quarterbacks.

The Eagles amassed 322 total yards and 21 first downs while running an incredible 53 plays in the first half.

Defensively, outside linebacker Trent Cole and cornerbacks Cary Williams and Brandon Boykin sparked a charge that left Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III bruised, battered and frustrated.

Cole, who played defensive end for his first eight seasons, contributed a sack and fell on Redskins running back Alfred Morris for a safety. Williams also added a sack and Boykin collected his first career interception.

The Eagles' only mistake came at the beginning of the game, when Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall scooped up a backward lateral and ran 75 yards for a touchdown to put the Redskins ahead 7-0.

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