Both of these teams had a chance to play on Monday Night Football during week one. The Eagles shined in the Monday night spotlight with new Coach Chip Kelly displaying his fast paced offense for the first time in the NFL. While the 73 plays they ran from scrimmage wasn’t nearly as high as their coach would have liked, the offense played at a fast tempo and showed that the Eagles will be an entertaining team to watch. LeSean McCoy showed that his is fully recovered from his injuries and leaved week 1 as the NFL’s rushing leader. Michael Vick looked better than he ever has and did not commit a single turnover. The defense did allow the Redskins back into the game and they will have to work to fix the problems in the secondary. The Chargers looked like they were going to give rookie head coach Mike McCoy a win in his debut when they put up a 21 point lead in the third quarter. Philip Rivers reminded many how good he can be and the team was running on all cylinders. Rivers himself helped the Texans by throwing an interception to Brian Cushing that was taken back for a touchdown. By the end the quarterback was 1-6 passing in the 4th quarter including the interception. He continued his trend of being the worst fourth quarter QB in the NFL.
The Eagles escaped Monday relatively injury free and have given the fans in Philly high hopes. Vick did all of the things that people doubted he would be able to do. He didn’t hold onto the ball too long and he certainly remained poised in the pocket. His ability to run whether it be designed or via the scramble make him a lethal threat in this new offense. Wide receiver Desean Jackson is one of the fastest players in the NFL and his speed was on full display. He has the ability to get behind the defense and appears to be a perfect fit in this offense. The defense is more of a work in progress with several new players adjusting to a new system.
The Chargers looked an awful lot like the Eagles until the fourth quarter. Running back Ryan Matthews started off with a bang, scoring a touchdown 15 seconds into the game; however that was the end of his production as he ended up with only 33 yards on 13 carries. No receiver had more than 2 catches which is more of an example of their struggles than it was Rivers spreading the ball around. The defense wasn’t able to hold the lead and in many fourth quarter instances they looked completely overmatched.
The Chargers did look great for 3 quarters and Rivers is a veteran with many wins under his belt. The Eagles played like an elite team in week 1 and the pressure will be on the to try and repeat that. Coach Kelly has said that the offense was not nearly fast enough so expect an even faster pace come Sunday.
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