LANDOVER, Md.-- The Redskins learned one lesson the hard way Monday Night – don't get DeSean Jackson mad. After a bit of a pre-game fracas between Jackson and Laron Landry that escalated into a verbal shouting match between the two teams, Jackson made his presence felt on the first play from scrimmage, leaving Landry in his wake in the process.
Jackson was the bigger man following the game, but Landry clearly crossed the line.
"There were some disrespectful things that were being said," Jackson said. "I'm not going to get into who said it or what they said, but it was just some disrespectful things being said. Soemtimes I think these football players take this football thing a little bit too serious and at the end of the day we're human beings and you have to have respect for people."
With less-than-ideal starting field position of the 12-yard-line, Michael Vick dropped back to pass on the first offensive play of the night and unleashed a bomb to Jackson, who had been passed off to Landry by cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Vick's pass hit Jackson in stride at the Redskins' 35-yard-line, traveling 61 yards into Jackson's hands from Vick's bazooka left arm. Jackson proceeded to stroll into the end zone and, unlike the Eagles on Monday night, looked back at the defeated opponent.
"That was huge especially after the altercation we got into before the game. We were pumped up, we were ready to go. Monday Night Football, it doesn't get any better than this," Jackson said. "It gave us the momentum to keep putting points up and keep putting points up. The 88-yard opening play was the longest first play from scrimmage in Eagles history and the longest pass play in both Jackson and Vick's careers. More importantly, it set the tone for a dominant performance for the Eagles on a national stage."
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said after the game that the Eagles saw something on film they could exploit. By Friday, they knew they would open the game with the home run play call.
"You Like to win the toss, especially when we had a play set like that," Mornhionweg said. "Then DeSean just did a heck of a job on that play. Mike, it was a perfect throw."
Meanwhile, the connection between Vick and Jackson is undeniable. Jackson has come close to topping 100 yards receiving in all four games that Vick has started and finished this season - Jackson had 98 yards receiving Monday night - and has scored four touchdowns in those games. Next week, it's the Giants and another opportunity for Jackson in primetime.
"I love primetime," Jackson said. "The whole world's watching."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 1:00 a.m., November 16