Eagles need run game to charge offense in LA

Eagles need run game to charge offense in LA

He had a rough game last week in the Chargers' 24-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. On 44 attempts, Melvin Gordon has rushed for only 144-yards and two touchdowns. At home, with a chip on their shoulder, the Giants may be able to handle the Chargers easily.

The Chargers have never started the season 0-4 with Philip Rivers as their starting quarterback. "It's going to be different for all of us", Philly coach Doug Pederson said. Rivers has 25 interceptions since the start of last season (19 games), however he has also managed to throw 37 touchdowns. Even in holding the Giants out of the end zone for three quarters, they never put any serious pass rush against what has been a lackluster NY offensive line. That means shaking off the offense's issues in the first quarter and being more effective on first and second down. If he and the offense can just find ways to score touchdowns, starting with Sunday's home game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Rivers believes everyone in the National Football League will be soon talking about the Chargers and a remarkable turnaround.

So, will this be the weekend that the Chargers finally get in the win column? And surely Reich used his intimate knowledge of the Chargers' offense and Rivers to help in the team's preparation this week. As a former Chargers season-ticket holder, I remain solidly against taxpayer-funded subsidies for the one business in America that has been given a 100 percent monopoly by Congress - the NFL. The team's home opener in Week 2 was not a sell out.

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Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) is unable to catch the ball. "I think it's more beneficial than being up on their legs and moving around, plus the long trip and the altitude, and all that". Right tackle Joseph Barksdale, who missed last week's contest, is back, which bodes well for a line that has actually played halfway decent through three games. The Eagles didn't record a single sack and had only four tackles for a loss in the game.

The Chargers, meanwhile, have scored more than 40 points just once all season. I don't know if Rivers will be able to replicate those numbers - his receiving corps isn't almost as talented - but he won't need to be that good in order to hit the over here. The Rams' drop in attendance (26,087 per game) is very, very close to the Chargers' average attendance (25,384 per game). "But we got to win one first". The Eagles, however, knotted the game up thanks to an Alex Henery kick and a 61-yard cannon from Vick to DeSean Jackson.

While the thought of bringing the Chargers back to San Diego without Dean Spanos is a happy one, it is also highly unlikely. Wendell Smallwood chipped in 71 yards on 12 carries and he'll be asked to do more with Darren Sproles done for the year.

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