3 keys for Chargers offense vs. Eagles

3 keys for Chargers offense vs. Eagles

3 keys for Chargers offense vs. Eagles

But that celebration has to be short-lived.

The Los Angeles Chargers hope their game against the Philadelphia Eagles doesn't come to down to kickers when they face each on Sunday (1:05 p.m. PT/4:05 p.m. ET, FOX, DirecTV).

The Chargers opened as one-point favorites; the total was 46.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.

- Wentz is just 3-for-16 on throws that have traveled 20 or more yards in the air.

Mills actually did OK.

That being said, there is a ton of pressure on new head coach Anthony Lynn and veteran quarterback Philip Rivers this weekend.

"As long as Dean Spanos owns the team, it will be hard for many San Diego fans to root for them". Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said Manning released the ball in less than 2 seconds on 34 out of 52 pass plays. "That took every bit of his competitiveness to be able to survive that game. I thought Jalen did a good job of that, and tackled, and it was an important part of our win". Rivers will need to be on his game this week if his team has any chance of winning. Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson and Rasul Douglas are growing up on the job with top cornerback Ronald Darby out for a while. They started 3-0 in 2016 and finished the season with a 7-9 record. If the defensive line and linebackers can hit back when the ball goes to battering ram LeGarrette Blount, and if the Chargers can slow down all-purpose weapon Wendell Smallwood, Wentz could be staring down Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa all afternoon.

Against the Eagles, Rivers is focused on starting fast.

- The Chargers are tied for second in the league in sacks with 11. The Eagles also have a road win in their season opener against the Washington Redskins, who crushed the Oakland Raiders 27-10 on Sunday night.

Back in September 2013, the Chargers squeaked out of Lincoln Financial Field with a 33-30 victory over the Eagles in a game that came down to the wire. They held Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul in check. They have Johnson ranked seventh among OTs in pass-blocking efficiency and Peters ninth. Could they break this losing streak on Sunday? (Remember all that?) Rivers has put together Hall-of-Fame-type numbers during his career and is still playing at a high level.

- Jim Schwartz called just six blitzes on 47 pass plays last week against the Giants.

Here's where things get spooky. DE Joey Bosa has 19 tackles for loss since entering the National Football League in 2016, tied for fifth most during the span. LB Jatavis Brown has 10 or more tackles in four of his last five contests. Gordon ended up being forced out briefly during the Week 3 loss to the Chiefs due to the knee issue, but still only played 49 percent of the team's snaps in the contest.

"I know Carson has a lot of confidence because as a quarterback it's important to be standing back there and knowing with everybody moving around that this guy is going to get the right guy".

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