TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 15, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
Weather: Low 49, High 68
Line: Philadelphia (-9.5)
The Philadelphia Eagles proved to be the team that everyone was afraid they would be under new head coach Chip Kelly. Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy excelled in the new offensive scheme that stresses speed and mass amounts of plays. The Eagles ran 53 plays in the first half of the game while exploding to a 26-7 first half lead. The game got close in the end as the Eagles allowed the Washington Redskins to crawl back into it on Monday night, but they held off and looked much-improved. Vick passed for just over 200 yards and two touchdowns while LeSean McCoy ran the ball 31 times for 184 yards and a touchdown. This offense just flat-out thrived in week one.
On the other side of the field, the San Diego Chargers also played on Monday night, seemingly on the right side of a blowout until the second half. The Chargers were up 28-7 halfway through the third quarter until they allowed the Houston Texans to put together quite a run and defeat San Diego 31-28. Philip Rivers looked great in the first half with three touchdowns, but ultimately finished the game with a mere 195 yards and four scores to go along with a game-tying interception for touchdown he allowed in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, the Chargers struggled to keep Matt Shaub and the Texans’ receivers under control while they had no trouble in slowing down Arian Foster. The Chargers allowed 449 total yards and an elevated 26 first downs. Philadelphia did a great job of putting pressure on Robert Griffin III and slowed him down for most of the game. Allowing just under 400 yards to the potent offense is no joke.
PREDICTION: Chargers 17, Eagles 35