A Look Back At Last Week
San Diego dropped their season opener 31-28 at the hands of the Houston Texans. The Chargers led by 21-points early in the third quarter, but the final five offensive drives resulted in four three-and-outs and one pick six. The defense, meanwhile, failed to get off the field on third down, which proved to be the team’s downfall.
What to Watch For…
On Offense for the Chargers
Philip Rivers returns to the field following a game in which he tied a career high with four touchdown passes in the game, including two to Eddie Royal (career-high) and one each to
On Offense for the Eagles
Everyone has been clamoring for years to see a Chip Kelly offense in the NFL, and the Eagles showed what life under their head coach would be like in their season opening win over the Washington Redskins. Running at lightning speed, the Eagles ran 77 total plays and racked up 443 yards of total offense, including 184 yards and a touchdown on the ground from running back LeSean McCoy and 104 yards and a touchdown through the air from wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The Eagles 263 yards rushing was the most in the league, and were a whopping 92 yards more than the second best from Week 1.
On Defense for the Chargers
The linebackers had a strong game against the Texans, and the team will look at the unit once again to help slow down the Eagles offense. Inside linebackers Bront Bird (14 tackles) and Donald Butler (13 tackles, 0.5 sacks) paced the team in tackles, while Jarrett Johnson had a sack and a pass deflected leading to a
On Defense for the Eagles
Defensively, the Eagles forced Washington to pass 49 times, they held them to 2-of-10 on third downs, they collected three sacks, and cornerbacks Cary Williams and Brandon Boykin both had interceptions.
The Chargers and Eagles meet for the 11th time on Sunday, and the Bolts lead the series 6-4. San Diego won the last meeting, 31-23, at home in 2009 but lost their last two games in the series played in Philadelphia (20-17 in 2005 and 24-14 in 2001). The Chargers are just 1-3 against the Eagles away from Qualcomm Stadium and their lone win in Philadelphia came in 1995 by a score of 27-21.
By the Numbers
For the year, the Chargers rank 27th in total offense (263.0 yards per game), 24th in passing (183.0 ypg), 18th in rushing (80.0 ypg) and eighth in points (28.0). The Eagles rank sixth in total offense (443.0 ypg), 25th in passing (180.0 ypg), first in rushing (263.0 ypg) and fifth in points (33.0)
Defensively, the Bolts rank 28th in total defense (449.0 ypg), 26th in passing (329.0 ypg), 25th in rushing (120.0 ypg) and 26th in points allowed (31.0). Philadelphia ranks 21st in total defense (382.0 ypg), 24th in passing (308.0 ypg), 13th in rushing (74.0 ypg) and 20th in points allowed (27.0).
Milestones on the Horizon
The Chargers have 399 all-time regular-season wins and need just one to reach 400. San Diego’s all-time regular-season record is 399-395-11.
Ryan Mathews (2,509 career rushing yards) ranks ninth on the Chargers’ all-time rushing list. He needs 11 yards to pass Dick Post (2,519) for eighth.
Philip Rivers has started 113 consecutive games, the NFL’s second-longest streak among active quarterbacks behind Eli Manning’s 128.
Rivers and Antonio Gates have combined for 56 career touchdowns, most in NFL history for a quarterback-tight end tandem.
Rivers led the NFL in average yards per pass three times in his career (2008-10).
Philip Rivers faced the Eagles for the only time in his career in 2009, leading the Chargers to a 31-23 win. That afternoon, Rivers completed a season-high 80.0 percent of his passes (20 of 25) for 231 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating that day (131.8) was his fourth-highest of the ’09 season.
Dwight Freeney earned his first-career AFC Defensive Player of the Week Award after registering a sack and three forced fumbles in his first-career start at Philadelphia.
As a Baltimore Raven in 2008,
Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy had a brief stint as a quarterback for the Eagles in the late 1990s.
CBS (KFMB, Channel 8 in San Diego and KCBS, Channel 2 in Los Angeles and Orange County) – Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Dan Dierdorf (analyst)
Rock 105.3 FM, XTRA Sports 1360 (San Diego) and AM 570 KLAC (Los Angeles & Orange County) – Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Hank Bauer (analyst)
Spanish Radio –XHFG 107.3 (San Diego) and KWKW 1330 AM (Los Angeles) – Jorge Villanueva (play-by-play) and Dante Lazcano (analyst)
All Chargers radio broadcasts are now being streamed live on the team’s official website, www.chargers.com. XTRA Sports 1360 Broadcasts with Josh Lewin (play-by-play) and Hank Bauer (analyst) will begin two hours before kickoff and continue for 90 minutes of postgame coverage after the game ends.
For a unique, one-of-a-kind look at the Chargers, be sure to tune in each week to Chargers Insider on Fox Sports San Diego. The half-hour program will be the go-to destination for fans that want behind-the-scenes coverage and unique features on the team. Chargers Insider airs each week throughout the season on Thursdays at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. PT.