|Last 3 Games||0-1||-1||1-0||1-0||28.0||21.0||263.0||(5.4)||1.0||31.0||7.0||449.0||(6.2)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||28.0||21.0||14.0||23:29||20-80||(4)||14-29||48.3%||183||(6.3)||49-263||(5.4)||(9.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||28||21||14||23:29||20-80||(4)||14-29||48.3%||183||(6.3)||49-263||(5.4)||(9.4)|
|Defense (All Games)||31.0||7.0||26.0||36:31||28-120||(4.3)||34-45||75.6%||329||(7.3)||73-449||(6.2)||(14.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||31||7||26||37:31||28-120||(4.3)||34-45||75.6%||329||(7.3)||73-449||(6.2)||(14.5)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||0.0||1.0||0.0||14-7||50.0%||1-1||100.0%||1-42||(42)||1-5||(5)||7-55|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0||1||2||14-7||50.0%||1-1||100.0%||1-42||(42)||5-1||(5)||7-55|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.0||0.0||1.0|| ||13-6||46.2%||2-1||50.0%||4-116||(29)||3-21||(7)||7-73|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0||1|| ||13-6||46.2%||2-1||50.0%||4-116||(29)||21-3||(7)||7-73|
|Last 3 Games||1-0||+1.5||1-0||1-0||33.0||26.0||443.0||(6)||2.0||27.0||7.0||382.0||(5.7)||3.0|
|Offense (All Games)||33.0||26.0||26.0||32:39||49-263||(5.4)||15-25||60.0%||180||(7.2)||74-443||(6)||(13.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||33||26||26||33:39||49-263||(5.4)||15-25||60.0%||180||(7.2)||74-443||(6)||(13.4)|
|Defense (All Games)||27.0||7.0||25.0||27:21||18-74||(4.1)||30-49||61.2%||308||(6.3)||67-382||(5.7)||(14.1)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||27||7||25||27:21||18-74||(4.1)||30-49||61.2%||308||(6.3)||67-382||(5.7)||(14.1)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.0||2.0||2.0||1.0||15-7||46.7%||1-1||100.0%||2-37||(18.5)||0-0||(0)||8-65|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0||2||2||3||15-7||46.7%||1-1||100.0%||2-37||(18.5)||0-0||(0)||8-65|
|Stats Against (All Games)||2.0||1.0||3.0|| ||10-2||20.0%||2-1||50.0%||3-56||(18.7)||2-14||(7)||10-75|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||2||1||3|| ||10-2||20.0%||2-1||50.0%||3-56||(18.7)||14-2||(7)||10-75|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SAN DIEGO 22, PHILADELPHIA 20|
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|9/19/2013||KANSAS CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|9/29/2013||@ DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/6/2013||@ NY GIANTS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/13/2013||@ TAMPA BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|SAN DIEGO: New head coach Mike McCoy oversaw more of a one-cut running scheme in Denver, but he'll probably adapt to the power personnel he has. He rotated a stable of backs with the Broncos, and it looks like a similar situation in San Diego. The perennially disappointing Ryan Mathews will take the bulk of the early down reps, but he'll be spelled early and often. Danny Woodhead will take most passing downs and get some take-what-they-give-you runs when teams send out extra defensive backs. Ronnie Brown's only real value is as a pass protector, and Le'Ron McClain will be primarily a lead blocker again.
McCoy and new offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt both have a background based more in the vertical passing game, so the Chargers air attack shouldn't change much. Philip Rivers is at his best getting the ball deep up the seam, and Danario Alexander and Malcom Floyd should continue to see a lot of work there. McCoy plans on being more creative with Antonio Gates, who will continue to line up in a number of spots as a flex tight end. They will likely use either Eddie Royal or rookie Keenan Allen in the slot, though Rivers doesn't use slot receivers much. McCoy and Whisenhunt historically like to keep the ball on the ground in the red zone, and Mathews should get goal-line carries.
The Chargers had seven defensive touchdowns last year, but in effort to generate more pressure (two sacks or less in 11 games in 2012), DE Dwight Freeney (107.5 career sacks) was signed. Bigger sack numbers are also expected from third-year pro DE Corey Liuget (7 sacks). But having the NFL's second-easiest schedule, plus adding shutdown CB Derek Cox and rookie LB Manti Te'o to incumbent standouts FS Eric Weddle and ILB Donald Butler makes defensive coordinator John Pagano's 3-4 scheme one to respect.|
|PHILADELPHIA: There's been much conjecture about whether or not new head coach Chip Kelly's frenetic Oregon offense will translate to the NFL. But most likely, he's not bringing that offense to Philly. The Eagles will surely play up-tempo, and they'll likely mix some read option stuff in, in an attempt to get LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown into space. And Michael Vick will get to run a few keepers. But new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is from the Andy Reid coaching tree and will surely bring a more traditional touch to this offense. McCoy will take the majority of the work, but Brown will also get plenty of reps.
The Eagles will try to use tempo and play-action to create confusion in their passing game. Expect a lot of two-tight end looks with Vick on the move more often than not. It's unclear if Brent Celek will hold off James Casey and Zach Ertz, two tight ends Kelly brought in. DeSean Jackson figures to be even more of an all-or-nothing deep threat than he was during the Andy Reid years. Jeremy Maclin, if healthy, should be their No. 1 receiver with the ability to be effective in a variety of roles. The backs will also be featured heavily in the screen game. The Eagles figure to get a little more pass-heavy in the red zone, where their multi-tight end sets will create play-action opportunities.
The Eagles hope new defensive coordinator Billy Davis can improve the team's pathetic 13 takeaways in 2012 (tied for last in NFL). Davis' 3-4 based scheme will operate in multiple looks with several blitz packages. It will feature many new faces, such as mountainous NT Isaac Sopoaga, pass-rushing OLB Connor Barwin and possibly four new starters in the secondary -- CB Bradley Fletcher, CB Cary Williams FS Kenny Phillips and SS Pat Chung. Two hard-nosed linebackers remain in ILB DeMeco Ryans and OLB Trent Cole.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (SAN DIEGO-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Chargers-Eagles Preview* =========================
By JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
The new version of the Philadelphia Eagles offense was a rousing success in the season opener - at least for 2 1/2 quarters.
Same goes for the San Diego Chargers, though they came away much more disappointed.
Despite successfully debuting his up-tempo style as Eagles coach, Chip Kelly would like his offense to pick up the pace even more for Sunday's matchup with the visiting Chargers.
"There are certain games where you play the clock, but I don't know that there will be a time in this game where you won't be wanting to go score and keep scoring because of how fast they play offensively," San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers said. "No lead is ever safe."
Though Philadelphia's 53 first-half plays were the second-most by any team since 1991, Kelly felt his team could have moved more quickly and smoothly in Monday night's 33-27 win over Washington.
"I felt like it was slow, to be honest with you," Kelly said. "I'm not joking. We've got to do a better job. We left the ball on the ground too much. We didn't get the ball to the officials. We could have sped things up from a process between plays. That's something we need to continue to work on."
At least twice it appeared star runner LeSean McCoy had to leave the field just to catch his breath. Exemplifying how Kelly plans to run the ball about as much as he did at Oregon, McCoy had a career-high 31 carries for 184 yards - one shy of a personal best.
"The tempo really worked," McCoy said. "I don't think anyone has seen it that fast."
McCoy's 34-yard touchdown run gave the Eagles a 33-7 lead early in the third quarter. However, they didn't score after that as the offense slowed down, in part to take time off the clock, and they failed to gain more than 16 yards on four of their final five possessions.
"We've got to keep working. There are a lot of mistakes we made," said Michael Vick, who threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 54 and a score. "I think (in) the second half, we got a little bit sloppy."
While Kelly and the Eagles were pleased with Vick's play, new Chargers coach Mike McCoy had to be happy with how Rivers implemented his new offensive scheme through two-plus quarters. Rivers tied a career high with four TD passes as San Diego built a 28-7 lead midway through the third.
However, the Chargers totaled just 10 yards after that, Rivers' interception was returned for the tying touchdown in the fourth and Houston won 31-28 on a game-ending field goal.
"We had every opportunity in the world to finish that game and we didn't do it," McCoy said Wednesday. "And it's all about winning and losing. We get paid to win games here and we didn't finish the game. But we're moving on. We're learning from it."
Rivers threw for 195 yards and was 14 of 29 for a 48.3 completion percentage which was the second-worst of Week 1. He's not expecting things to get any easier against an Eagles defense that sacked Robert Griffin III three times and intercepted two of his passes.
"I know everyone's talking how fast their offense is and how fast they play, but their defense is the same way," Rivers said. "Their personnel is fast and they just fly around."
Philadelphia limited the Redskins to 74 rushing yards despite playing against Griffin and Alfred Morris, last year's top rusher among quarterbacks and the league's second-leading rusher overall.
Ryan Mathews was held to 33 yards on 13 carries in the opener as San Diego fell to 7-16 in games he plays and has less than 65 on the ground. The Chargers have failed to rush for 100 yards in eight consecutive games.
Their defense, meanwhile, surrendered 449 yards to the Texans - six yards more than Philadelphia had last week.
All but two of the 10 meetings between these teams have been decided by eight points or less. In the most recent one, Rivers was 20 of 25 for 231 yards and two TDs in a 31-23 home win in 2009.
The Chargers have lost their only two trips to Philadelphia since 1995. They're 0-6 on the road against NFC foes since 2009 but did win both of their trips to the Northeast last season - against Pittsburgh and the New York Jets in December.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 12:51:44 AM EST|