Onside kick backfires in Philly

The Philadelphia Eagles, playing a clearly inferior team against which tricks simply shouldn’t be necessary, threw caution to the wind on Sunday against the Redskins, opening the game with a surprise onside kick.

Washington running back Quinton Ganther not only recovered the ball; he also returned it 25 yards, to the Philly 24.

And as Moose Johnston of FOX said that the move demonstrated that Eagles coach Andy Reid has a lot of confidence in his defense, the Eagles defense surrendered the remaining real estate in four plays, capped by a one-yard touchdown run from quarterback Jason Campbell.