The Philadelphia Eagles defense, by all accounts, performed pretty well in its debut, stuffing the run and holding their own in coverage. However, they went up against an attack that focused on running the ball and didn’t get into attacking down field until late in the game.
This Sunday is an entirely different animal. The San Diego Chargers are a pass-first team through and through. Quarterback Philip Rivers is the Chargers’ best weapon, being a four-time Pro Bowler predominantly on his ability to beat teams through the air and with his arm.
Rivers has quite a few weapons at his disposal. Antonio Gates is a veteran in the league and is still one of the most dangerous weapons at tight end in the game. Malcolm Floyd and Vincent Brown are both capable wide receivers that can beat man coverage. Brown looks like an rising young player. Finally, on the ground, they have an up-and-coming running back in Ryan Mathews, who is also effective in the passing game.
The Chargers present an entirely different style of offense than the Eagles faced in Week 1. It will be up to defensive coordinator Billy Davis to draw up and call an entirely different game plan attacking this offense. The players will then have to execute this plan. Right now, Vegas is hot on the Eagles. They came off an impressive victory in prime time and now are heavy favorites going into Sunday.
Will the players let this get to their head? We have seen it happen in previous seasons. Hopefully, under a new regime, the players will come out focused tune out in the noise and leave Lincoln Financial Field 2-0.