Chargers vs. Eagles: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
New eras in both San Diego and Philadelphia started in Week 1 on Monday Night Football to wildly different results.
The Chip Kelly era exploded onto the scene for Philadelphia when the Eagles' high-octane offense was able to fend off a furious comeback by the Washington Redskins, 33-27, behind 443 yards of total offense.
The Mike McCoy era looked to be off to a great start for the Chargers, but ghosts of the franchise's past returned as San Diego blew a 21-7 halftime lead and surrendered 24 straight points before falling to the Houston Texans, 31-28.
Philadelphia now heads home after a successful debut, while San Diego has to travel across the country to avoid starting 0-2. Here is everything fans need to know about the showdown.
When: Sunday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Lines (via Bovada)
- Over/Under: 55 pts
- Spread: Philadelphia (-7 1/2)
Chargers Injury Report (via NFL.com)
Eagles Injury Report (via NFL.com)
Will Chip Kelly's Offense Improve?
As sexy as Chip Kelly's new offense was in the early-goings against Washington when the Eagles jumped out to a 26-7 halftime advantage, the uptempo attack based on collegiate success for Kelly at Oregon was a tad disappointing.
For an offense that is supposed to overwhelm opponents with its pace and ball control, Philadelphia ran 77 total snaps—just seven more than Washington's output. The Philadelphia offense had the ball for 14 drives to Washington's 13 but did manage to win the time-of-possession battle by five minutes.
The offense is still in its infancy, but scoring just seven points in the second half is a bad sign. Then again, that's exactly what San Diego did against Houston.
A total of 443 offensive yards is nothing to discredit, but Kelly's offense needs to continue to evolve or defenses will figure it out.
Quarterback Michael Vick looks like a younger version of himself in Kelly's scheme, but it's running back LeSean McCoy who is benefiting the most and is the No. 1 thing San Diego will have to account for at all times.
Which team wins?
McCoy racked up 184 yards and a score against a gassed Washington defense searching for answers. The Chargers gave up a total of 120 yards on the ground, but that number is going to be significantly higher with McCoy playing at this level.
To make matters worse, the new 3-4 look in Philadelphia is a wild success thus far and forced three turnovers.
After an emotional last-second loss and needing to travel across the country while preparing for the NFL's newest offensive wrinkle, San Diego simply has too many odds stacked against it to walk out of The City of Brotherly Love as winners.
Eagles win 45-31
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