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Date and time: September 15, 1 p.m. ET
Maybe we should just hand over the Vince Lombardi trophy to the San Diego Chargers now, instead of waiting until February 2014.
As you may have heard, the last four teams (New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens) to play the Eagles' at Lincoln Financial Field for their home opener have gone on to win the Super Bowl that year.
This trend has to come to an end sometime, right?
The Chargers come into the season off yet another disappointing 2012 campaign which saw them miss the playoffs for the third straight year. This result saw the firing of both head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith at season's end.
Somehow, some way, Philip Rivers, the perfect model of inconsistency, is slated to be the Chargers' starting quarterback. Rivers will look to new head coach Mike McCoy's offensive-minded brilliance to push Rivers over the hump into the top tier of NFL quarterbacks.
Seeing that this game comes in Week 2, both teams should be relatively healthy.
When healthy, the Chargers' starting running back, Ryan Mathews, can be a nightmare for opposing defenses, both rushing and catching the ball out of the backfield.
If the Chargers' offense is clicking, they can put up points in bunches. The Chargers' pass game runs through two oversized possession receivers in Danario Alexander and Malcom Floyd, both whom are 6'5". Tight end Antonio Gates is always a constant threat in the middle of the field and is Rivers' favorite target.
It will be important for the Philadelphia Eagles' cornerbacks to jam the Chargers' wide receivers at the line of scrimmage, not allowing them to get a clean release and find pockets of space deep down the field. If they do so, it will allow the Eagles' pass-rushers to put pressure on Rivers—something he does not handle particularly well.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles may have a tough time if they can't get LeSean McCoy going. The Chargers were ranked sixth in rushing yards allowed per game last season with an average of 96.4 yards.
The Chargers were middle of the pack in terms of passing yards allowed per game with an average of 230.1 yards.
Look for the Eagles' to run plenty of play-action and screens to keep the Chargers' defense off balance.