After a nail-biting 27-24 thriller last Sunday, the Eagles improved to 2-0 in the division, 2-1 on the season, and now head out to Los Angeles to square up against a winless Chargers team in this short season. The Chargers are looking to put a ‘W’ on the board after falling short of success in some close games. Can the Eagles take advantage of a beaten down team, or will the gun-slinging Phillip Rivers be able to take advantage of the injured Eagles defense? Here is the crew’s predictions for the game.
Tyler Edgerton (3-0)
Something about this game scares me. As history has it, the last time the Eagles beat the Chargers on the road was October 6th, 1974. After three really hard-fought games to open the season, do not be surprised if the 3,000-mile travel takes its toll on the Eagles this week. Key injuries to monitor up until game time include Jordan Hicks (ankle), Rodney McLeod (Hamstring), and Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) who is acting as the starting cornerback with Ronald Darby Still out. If any of these players can not dress, the Chargers offense may have a field day with the offensive fire-power of Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates, Melvin Gordon and others. Last week with Fletcher Cox and Jordan Hicks out, the Giants averaged 7.7 yards per play as opposed to 3.6 yards when the tandem up the middle was in the game.
The Eagles have played very well in the first few games but will need to continue to apply pressure if an early lead is built. We see letdown games happen each week in the NFL, this could be one of them.
Final Prediction: Eagles 20, Chargers 24
John Purificato (3-0)
The Eagles are riding high after an exciting finish against the Giants, and are heading to L.A. The Chargers are sitting at 0-3 in probably the strongest division in football. Philip Rivers is playing like a shell of himself, and the Chargers find new ways to lose football game every week. However, the Chargers may have the strongest defensive ends in football. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram (questionable, but slated to play) reek havoc on opposing QBs. The Eagles finally had a running game last week, and Wentz did not turn the ball over. If the Eagles can do that again, they should win. The loss of Sproles will hurt the locker room, and with no Fletcher Cox, The Eagles front must stuff the run to win this game. Look for Blount, and the Eagles to control time of possession once again en route to another close win.
Final Prediction: Eagles 24, Chargers 20
Brett Santos (0-3)
The Eagles travel to Los Angelis this week to play the Chargers is an interesting game to predict. Everyone has heard all the numbers leading up to this week about the Eagles not beating the Chargers in an away game for a long time. Historically, when the Eagles play the Chargers it is also a very close game. The Eagles were running the ball very effectively early last week with Blount and the rest of the committee, but I felt as though Blount was taken off the field a bit too often last week. Now with Darren Sproles being out for the season, I think Blount has his first 100 yard game for the Eagles. Offensively, overall the Eagles will click this week. I am expecting a better run to pass ratio where Carson Wentz isn’t throwing the ball 40+ times.
A problem last week that I could see translating is the Eagles secondary. Eli Manning and the Giants found ways, especially late in the game, to beat the Eagles secondary. While the Chargers do not have a receiver nearly as capable as Odell Beckham, I still believe if they are able to use a similar approach as the Giants (getting the ball out early and often) they will find success. The concerning part for me is that the Giants did it all without any kind of a run game. The Chargers are a totally different animal with Melvin Gordon in the backfield. This game is going to be a shootout, but I think the Chargers will get their first win of the season today.
Final Prediction: Eagles 27, Chargers 34
Matthew Scott (2-1)
After a scary game against the Giants last week and heading to the west coast, there is a ton of talk about this matchup being a trap game. I don’t believe that’s the case here. The key is continuing to run the ball with LeGarrette Blount off a hot game as LA ranks 30th in the run. If he has over 20 carries the Eagles win easily.
Final Prediction: Eagles 31, Chargers 14
Joe Fabiani (2-1)
Eagles are coming into this game against the Chargers a bit banged up. Fletcher Cox, the Eagles best defensive linemen, will not suit up. Which could be a cause for concern going against a seasoned quarterback in Philip Rivers. The Chargers are 0-3 but have been in every game they have played so far this season. They are also coming into today’s game with one of the best pass rushing combinations in the NFL with Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. That could be something to watch especially since Eagles left tackle, Jason Peters, has been banged up all season. The Chargers also have a perfect blend of height and speed in their receiving core to go up against the Eagles depleted secondary. Look for the Chargers to attack the Eagles with the run game with Melvin Gordon up the middle due to Cox’s absence.
Ultimately, I like the Chargers in this game. I think after an emotional win over the Giants and the injuries piling up, it will be too much to overcome against a desperate Chargers team.
Final Prediction: Eagles 20, Chargers 24
Tylar Pomroy (1-2)
Week 4 is where the season begins to take shape as the Eagles match up against the winless Chargers in LA. Even with the team’s recent struggles, the Chargers will hope to capitalize on the Eagles injury issues. Jalen Mills against Keenan Allen looks to be an interesting matchup that could go either way depending on how aggressive Rivers is to push the ball down the field to his big wide receiver. This game looks as if it’s going to be a high-scoring affair once again for the Birds.
Final Prediction: Eagles 30, Chargers 24