Those of you old enough to remember when Brian Mitchell ran roughshod on the Cowboys on “Monday Night Football” to open the 1993 season for Richie Petitbon or when Ryan Kerrigan came up with a pick-six in the first game of his rookie season in 2011 to make Mike Shanahan a winner in his D.C. debut against the Giants understand that we can’t build the plaster cast for Ron Rivera for his WFT Canton bust just yet.

But: 27 unanswered points against the defending NFC East champion Eagles and a 27-17 opening-day victory at FedEx Field over Philly is not nothing. It’s a step in the right direction for a franchise that desperately needs to turn the page toward something resembling not-horrendous. On a weird, fanless day at FedEx Field, with no crowd noise pumped in, the home team created its own energy with an electric second half.

“I’m not sure who played for us in the first quarter in burgundy,” Rivera said afterward via Zoom,…



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