Going into this game every body gave the edge to the Eagles for a win. That didn’t happen. The offense was still every bit effective as it was Monday Night but the defense certainly didn’t show up, more over they couldn’t get stops on 3rd downs. The Chargers converted 10-of-15 third down attempts and punted only once.
The Chargers started out running the ball well but the Eagles were able to make adjustments to slow that down. Philip Rivers was surgical throwing the ball completing 36-of-47 passes and threw 3 touchdowns all of which went to Eddie Royal. It was a game of pitch and catch with Rivers and TE Antonio Gates who could not be stopped. Gates finished with 8 catches and 124 yards receiving.
The Eagles forced 2 turnovers but besides that they were not able to make any plays to get stops. They were able to only force one punt on the day. Nate Allen is still making the mistakes at safety that plagued this team last year. On one allowed touchdown Nate Allen had the responsibility to cover Eddie Royal out in the flat but was late getting there 1, because he was late in reading it and 2, he had to run through a slant by the outside receiver. That was just one of a couple of plays by Allen that he shouldn’t be messing up on at this point in his career. Kelly commented on the safety situation saying “There aren’t any safeties on the street.”
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More on the defense, Carey Williams was called for two pass interference’s and could have been a third if the Chargers didn’t decline it. Brandon Boykin was the only player in the Eagles secondary who made plays today with a hustle play that resulted in a force fumble and giving the Eagles the ball on their own 2. Connor Barwin had a sack but no pressure was put on Rivers all day besides that play.