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Eagles...38 Rams...3

September 08, 2008|From the Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- This is what a healthy Donovan McNabb looks like.

McNabb threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns, rookie DeSean Jackson had an impressive debut and the Philadelphia Eagles routed the St. Louis Rams, 38-3.

McNabb was 21 for 33, including a 90-yard touchdown pass to Hank Baskett. Jackson, the first Eagles rookie wide receiver to start the season opener in 18 years, had six catches for 106 yards and returned a punt 60 yards to set up a field goal.

Coming off their second last-place finish in three years, the Eagles played like a team that expects to make a championship run. The offense racked up 522 total yards and the defense was dominant.

The Rams, 3-13 last season, were downright awful again.

Marc Bulger didn't have much time to throw and Steven Jackson hardly had any room to run against Philadelphia's stifling defense. St. Louis had 109 total yards through three quarters.

McNabb, the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback, hasn't played an injury-free season since leading the Eagles to the Super Bowl in 2004. On Sunday, he picked apart the Rams' secondary, spreading the ball around to a group of receivers that didn't seem to miss injured starters Kevin Curtis (sports hernia) and Reggie Brown (hamstring).

Quoteworthy: "He's healthy. That's the difference. Now, he can do his thing." -- Brian Westbrook, Eagles running back, on Donovan McNabb

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