After a win in Week 1 of the NFL season on Monday Night Football, the excitement surrounding Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles seemed to be growing by the second. The expectations leading up to the home opener against the San Diego Chargers were greater than ever, with the offense producing so well and the defense showing it was at the very least, capable. But Week 2 didn’t turn out quite as anyone in Philadelphia had hoped, and both sides of the ball were to blame.
The Eagles start was not quite as quick or effective as a week prior, but they managed to put enough points on the board to earn a win. That being said, on offense, they could have put up more and saved the defense some trouble in the process. It began early, on their second drive, when James Casey had a touchdown in his hands, but dropped the ball forcing the Eagles to settle for a field goal. The drama continued to haunt Philadelphia when DeSean Jackson picked up an unnecessary roughness penalty on a Michael Vick touchdown. An unforced mistake that became the talk of Jackson’s day instead of the unreal numbers he put up receiving the ball. Things almost got better as a result of the penalty with San Diego fumbling the kickoff, but when the Eagles were given a gift in a chance to recover it, Alex Henery was unable to make good on the opportunity. Another chance squandered, and the Eagles left wondering what could have been.
On the defensive side of the ball, Philadelphia seemed overmatched all day long. The Eagles really had no answer for Philip Rivers, allowing him to hit receivers at will around the field. The pressure that was necessary from the line never really made its way into the backfield, and coverage from the defensive backs left much to be desired. It was not quite the performance that was expected following the showing in Week 1. Mistakes in reads and in coverage allowed San Diego receivers to take advantage of openings everywhere on the field, eating up yards and controlling the time of possession. The defense couldn’t find a way to get off the field at any point during the day, making it more difficult for the offense to continue to do their thing and in essence locking the door at any chance of the Eagles coming away with a victory.
If the Eagles are to build on their previous performance and make a stand on Thursday night against Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs, many changes need to take place over the next four days and making the best of opportunities is at the top of the list.