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It was the homecoming party for new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly as it would be the first time the 1st year head coach would be on that sideline for a regular season game infront of the Philly faithful as they face Phillip Rivers and the 0-1 San Diego Chargers. Instead of partying it up hoping to improve to 2-0, the Chargers had a different story for the Eagles in this one.

Eagles Notebook

Mike Check … QB Michael Vick threw for a career-high 428 yards and added three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) for a 122.4 passer rating … It was his 10th 300-yard passing game as an Eagle, tying Sonny Jurgensen for fourth in franchise history … It was also Vick’s 11th time eclipsing a rating of 100 as the team’s starting quarterback … Vick’s 36 career rushing touchdowns are sixth all-time among quarterbacks … With 56 passing touchdowns as an Eagle, Vick surpassed Norm Van Brocklin and Adrian Burk (both 55) for eighth place on the Eagles all-time list … He also ranks sixth in attempts (1,221) and fifth in completions (735).

Jack-Attack … WR DeSean Jackson amassed 193 receiving yards and a touchdown on a career-high nine receptions. It was Jackson’s second-highest receiving yardage total (210 at Dallas on 12/12/10) and included a 61-yard score … Jackson has five 150-yard receiving games, tying Tommy McDonald for the team record. It marked his 17th 100-yard game, tying McDonald for fourth in team history … Jackson recorded back-to-back 100-yard games for the fifth time in his career (last time was in 2010 – 9/19 at Detroit and 9/26 at Jacksonville) … Jackson had 7+ receptions in back-to-back games for the first time in his career … 16 of Jackson’s 32 career touchdowns have covered 50-plus yards. He also has 24 career touchdowns of 25-plus yards, tying Timmy Brown for third most in Eagles history … Jackson’s 290 career receptions moved him into 10th on the Eagles all-time list.

Offensive Quick Hits … RB LeSean McCoy racked up 167 scrimmage yards, including a career-high 114 receiving yards. He also ripped off a career-long 70-yard reception from Vick … It was McCoy’s second-career 100-yard receiving game (110 vs. Washington on 10/3/10) … McCoy moved past Tom Sullivan and into sixth on the team’s all-time rushing attempts list with 877 … WR Riley Cooper scored his first touchdown reception of the season … The Eagles compiled 511 total net yards, which is their 15th highest total since 1950 and the most since gaining 513 vs. San Francisco on 10/2/11.

Defensive Nuggets … LB Connor Barwin notched his first sack as an Eagle … CB Brandon Boykin forced a fumble near the Eagles goal line that was recovered by LB Casey Matthews. Boykin has two turnovers in the first two games of the season … LB Trent Cole also forced a fumble that was recovered by LB Mychal Kendricks to thwart a Chargers drive. It’s the first time in his career that Cole forced a fumble in back-to-back games.

 Grades

-Offense: B: You really can’t blame the offense too much for this one. Off to rough start they finally got in their groove and were able to still put points on on the board to keep this team in contention despite only having the ball for less than 20 minutes in the ball game. They showed they can score at will and quick with big plays but what really hurt them wasn’t the Chargers defense but themselves.

 

Despite over 500 yards of offense and 30 points on the board, this unit still have to limit the miscues. Too many dropped passes for first downs or touchdowns, awareness down the sideline, overthrown balls, penalties on key plays, and more importantly execution in the redzone. The Eagles offense left too points off the board that swinged the momentum into the Chargers favor.

 

But few positives is QB Michael Vick had another stellar game. He threw for a career high 428yds and three total TDs and played flawless. A few overthrown balls and a few misjudgements going through his progressions but we saw what he could do behind solid offensive line play. And when they did struggle he is making better decisions with the football. Looks like he and WR Desean Jackson are on the same page as they torched the Chargers secondary for 9 grabs 193yds and a TD and could of been a whole lot worse!

 

Only disappointing thing was the amount of touches RB Lesean McCoy received. After a dominating performance in week 1, he could only manage 53yds on 11 carries but made his impact in the passing game reeling in 5 grabs for 114 yards. But you can’t steer away from the running game and take your best player out of the game. I understand the Chargers secondary is atrocious but still have to put that fear in them that you can run the football. Too much of an unbalance attack allowed the Chargers to stand back and bring pressure to disrupt Vick.

-Defense: D: Now this is the Eagles defense we were expecting! They just had no answer for the Chargers offense and more specifically QB Phillip Rivers. Rivers torches this defense the defense for 419yards and 3 TDs all to WR Eddie Royal! The Eagles were slim in the secondary with CB Bradley Fletcher out with a concussion so Billy Davis had to try and adjust there scheme by mainly being in the base defense for most of the game putting Safeties Patrick Chung and Nate Allen on receivers in the slot which Rivers who is a veteran QB knows that is a mismatch every day.

TE Antonio Gates had a field day as he became Rivers favorite target and they could do nothing to stop it as he goes off for 8 grabs 124 yards. Also Malcom Floyd before he was knocked out of the game put up 5 grabs 102 yards. It was a rough day for CB Cary Williams. He struggled in coverage along with getting called for 3 pass interference penalties. A main reason for the success in the passsing game for the Chargers is due to the protection up front.

The Eagles could not sustain any type of pass rush on Rivers. He was standing back there will all the time in the world which allowed the breakdowns in coverage. Rivers jersey was clean as a whistle. The Eagles could only manage 1 sack and 1 QB hit in the ball game. They couldn’t disrupt there rhythm and it looked like the defense was worn out.

San Diego found a way to take the Eagles offense off the field by playing their own game against them with a no huddle offense to control the clock and now allow the Eagles D any time to set up and figure out their assignments.

They also found success not only on the air but on the ground as well as they ran the ball with no problem for 126yds on 31 carries to help control the clock and dominated the time of possession by having the ball for 2/3 of the ball game. They just couldn’t get off the field when they needed especially on third down as the Chargers were 10/15 in those situations.

But we knew as soon as the Chargers got the ball back with 1:05 left in the game, that there was no hope this defense would stop them and not allow the game winning drive. But if it wasn’t for the defense it could of been a whole lot worse

Two takeaways inside the redzone for the Eagles D opened things up for the offense to get them back in the ball game which is exactly what they did but still too many issues to overcome on the defensive side of the football.

-Special Teams: F: K Alex Henery misses a 49 yard field goal which isn’t a chip shot by no means but after the defense forces the takeaway and the offense puts the team in position to come away with points and you can’t come through is disappointing to get 3 more heading into half time. Also a costly non takeaway late in the 4th quarter which would set up the game winning drive. Colt Anderson is able to force the fumble on the kickoff and the Eagles have it in their grasp but let it slip away for the Chargers to recover it and get 10 more yards in the process to set up the short field. They come away with that, we are talking about an Eagles victory!

-Coaching: F: It is clearly obvious that the Eagles coaching staff got outsmart this week. Eagles DC Billy Davis coming off a great gameplan against the Redskins to this. He had no in-game adjustment to stop the Chargers offense whatsoever! And Chip Kelly is starting to show he is a little too stubborn with his up tempo offense.

Yes you are down three and ultimately want a touchdown in that situation inside the redzone late in the game. But it was almost a given you would tie the game up if you didn’t get in the endzone. He has to manage the clock better in that situation and tell his offense look run some clock and lets try to punch it in if not we tie the game. Especially knowing how his defense has played against the Chargers, there no no doubt the Chargers with time of the clock were driving down field. And then the play calling just an unbalance attack from this offense. I know the Chargers are weak against the pass but at least show an attempt to run the football. Not to mention a wasteful challenge once again!

These are all these we complained about Andy Reid in his tenure. And we wanted to praise Chip for being this mastermind. Well we will finally see on Thursday when the two square off to see who was right.

-Overall: D: I don’t want to take anything away from the Chargers and their win because they played a heck of a football game and Phillip Rivers is off to a great start to the season, but the Eagles were truly their own worst enemy on Sunday. I felt that it was more of the Eagles losing it, than the Chargers winning it.

I know every team has their mismakes and the Chargers had a handful of them as well but the Eagles limit the penalties, they limit the drop passes, they limit the bad tackling, and we are talking about a victory. What i’m getting at is, it’s not so much they got out played but that they shot themselves in the foot with fundemental and mental issues. But they do have to sure things up on defense because the Eagles are not going to find ways to win football games against the elite teams in this league with weak defensive play. And the Chargers showcase the blue print for the rest of the NFL to beat Chip Kelly and the Eagles and that is by beating them at their own game.

Box Score

PHI

SD
1st Downs

22

33

Passing 1st downs

15

22

Rushing 1st downs

7

7

1st downs from Penalties

0

4

3rd down efficiency

5-11

10-15

4th down efficiency

0-0

0-0

Total Plays

58

79

Total Yards

511

539

Yards per play

8.8

6.8

Total Drives

11

11

Passing

422

413

Comp – Att

23-37

36-47

Yards per pass

11.4

8.8

Interceptions thrown

0

0

Sacks – Yards Lost

1-6

1-6

Rushing

89

126

Rushing Attempts

20

31

Yards per rush

4.5

4.1

Red Zone (Made-Att)

2-4

2-4

Penalties

9-82

4-32

Turnovers

0

2

Fumbles lost

0

2

Interceptions thrown

0

0

Defensive / Special Teams TDs

0

0

Possession

19:43

40:17

 

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