Deconstructing how the Chargers (4-3) and the Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) match, before the game starts at 1:05 p.m. PST on the Sundand at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The game will be played on CBS (channel 2).
When the Chargers are in possession of the ball: Austin Ekeler hit three touchdowns in the last 7 minutes 24 seconds of the Chargers’ win over Cleveland on 10 October. In 120 minutes of play since then, Ekeler and the rest of the Chargers have scored just four touchdowns. The losing record to Baltimore and New England was not very good, and the Chargers failed too often. They have nine of 29 losses in their third and fourth losses in their last two games. Attack Coordinator Joe Lombardi said he believes the Chargers will come out of their funk given their offensive talent. “As soon as everything goes,” he said, “everything will go.” Philadelphia is moving away from dominant defensive and fast-paced efforts in a 44-6 away win. As impressive as it sounds, the fact that the game was against lose-lose Detroit gives it the right perspective. However, the Chargers can’t be sure of any success on Sunday due to how much they sprayed. One problem is how quarterback Justin Herbert has been feeling lately. The patriots pressed on him 17 times, and the Eagles have a strong front. Coach Brandon Staley suggested that the Chargers might try to help Herbert by manipulating “the pocket as much as possible and changing the launch points.” If you make Herbert move, the attack, in turn, will get off the ground.
When the Eagles have the ball: Jalen Herts is not only a defender, but also a leading player in Philadelphia. In fact, the 432 yards of Hurts on the ground would also beat the Chargers, although the Eagles played one more game than the Chargers. Hurts had 10 touchdowns and five more. “He certainly presents a lot of problems in a running game because he can actually lead football like a backward runner,” Staley said. “In his pocket, as a passer, he can influence the passing plan because he is effective as a runner.” The Chargers have had serious run defense problems this season and are the last in the NFL, trailing nearly 160 yards per game. But they held New England 3.6 yards per try, and Staley called it a big step forward. The Eagles had a season record of 236 yards on the ground against the Lions. Philadelphia’s attack coordinator is Shane Steichen, who served as the Chargers’ commanding officer last season. Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni, who calls “offensive games”, is a former Chargers assistant. But this is a completely different protection than that of the Chargers, so any acquaintance is not an important factor.
When kicked: Dustin Hopkins made all four of his shots – three extra points and a 48-yard field goal – in his debut against the Chargers last weekend. It was signed after it was released by Washington. Jake Elliott has 19 of 19 extra points and 10 of 12 shots from a field goal in his fifth season in the NFL, all with the Eagles.
Jeff Miller’s prediction: Picks versus scatter at this location have been faulty six times in seven games. Chargers are small favorites and are predicted to lose out on the spot. This forecast should be read by Chargers fans as “sunny with a maximum of 75”.
EAGLES 23, CHARGERS 21