The Philadelphia Eagles lost their first game of the season to the San Diego Chargers by a score of 33-30 after a late field goal by the Chargers in the fourth quarter. Despite the loss, quarterback Michael Vick, running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver DeSean Jackson shined for the Eagles offense.
Compared to the Washington Redskins game, the Eagles offense didn't seem to be playing at the same up-tempo pace and they only managed to run 58 plays against the Chargers, about 20 plays less than against the Redskins. Even though they ran less plays and at an average pace, Vick led the offense with a career day. Vick threw for 428 yards and two touchdowns. He added one rushing touchdown as well. As an Eagle, Vick now has 10 games of 300 passing yards, 56 passing touchdowns and 735 completions in 1,221 attempts. Vick's passing touchdowns, completions and attempts put him at eighth, fifth and sixth places, respectively.
With Vick having a career day, there had to be players on the receiving end of those statistics. DeSean Jackson had one of his biggest games in his career with nine receptions for 193 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 21.4 yards per reception and was targeted 15 times. The nine targets for Jackson were a career high. The only game that he had ore receiving yards in was against the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 where he had 210 receiving yards. This was the fifth time Jackson has amassed 150 or more receiving yards in his career and the 17th time he had 100 or more yards.
LeSean McCoy didn't have a great rushing game as the Chargers defense forced the Eagles to the air. However, the Chargers must have forgotten that McCoy is a dual-threat because he can catch the ball too and make the big receiving plays. McCoy's day ended with 53 rushing yards on 11 carries and five receptions for 114 receiving yards. McCoy's longest run was for 17 yards and his longest reception was for 70 yards, a career high. This was only the second time McCoy has had more than 100 receiving yards.
Jackson and McCoy combined for 307 receptions yards out of Vick's 428 passing yards. The trio of Vick, Jackson and McCoy can be considered as one of the best in the game right now. They've only played two games this season and judging from the performance of these three players, there is a lot of potential in this offense. Vick is 10th in passing yards this season while McCoy and Jackson are both first in their respective categories of rushing and receiving.
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