The Philadelphia Eagles are set to kickoff their home opener and second game of the season at 1:00 p.m. against the San Diego Chargers. Based on their performance from last week, here is a preview of what to expect from todays Eagles/Chargers game:
OFFENSE — The Eagles offense came out strong in the first half of the season opener against the Washington Redskins. The team ran a total of 77 plays by the end of the game and 53 of those plays came in the first half. By the end of the first half, the Eagles had 322 yards, 21 first downs and 26 points. Chip Kelly and the Eagles offense let off the gas in the second half, only running 24 plays. They also had 5 first downs, 121 yards and added seven points.
Expect the Eagles to come out strong again against the Chargers. This time, however, don't expect them to let off the gas completely. The Eagles won't want a repeat of what happened last week when the Redskins scored 20 unanswered points. But that is also a problem on defense that needed to be addressed.
With Michael Vick throwing for 203 yards for two touchdowns as well as rushing for 54 yards and another touchdown, look for Vick to have a great game against the Chargers if the pace is as fast or faster than what we saw against the Redskins. However, don't expect a huge game from McCoy like we saw last week, at least for a good part of the first half. The Chargers defense did a good job stopping Arian Foster and Ben Tate. Both of them combined for 112 yards. The one thing on the Eagles side for this matchup is their up-temp offense. The Chargers should be gasping for air by the second quarter. The Houston Texans ran 75 plays last week against the Chargers defense. With the Eagles running 77 against the Redskins, Chip Kelly may get the 100 plays per game he wants. As soon as they start breaking down and get tired, look for the Eagles to strike and strike hard.
DEFENSE — The Eagles defense came out just as strong as the offense did against the Redskins. During the first half, they surprised many with their performance when you compared the same defense to their preseason performance. The second half wasn't so pretty as the Redskins nearly came back to win. The offense letting off the gas may have rubbed off onto the defense as it seemed like they slowed down as well in the second half.
If the Eagles defense comes out strong again and keeps it going into the second half, they should easily handle the Chargers offense. The defensive line should be able to control the Chargers offensive line, especially since the Chargers have some problems on the line. Left tackle King Dunlap wasn't very helpful as he let the Houston pass rush through a lot.
OFFENSE — The Chargers offense looked pretty good for the most part against the Houston Texans last week. The led the Texans 28-7 at one point before blowing the lead late in the third quarter. The Chargers offense isn't nearly as fast as the Eagles as they only ran 51 plays last week. However, they only had 183 passing yards and 80 rushing yards. Expect those numbers to be about the same if the Eagles defense doesn't implode again.
DEFENSE — The Chargers defense blew a 21 point lead and allowed the Texans to score 24 unanswered points. They also allowed 75 plays for 449 yards (329 passing yards and 120 rushing yards). The Eagles up-tempo offense should push the Chargers defense to the breaking point.
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