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Birds Face A Unique Test Against Bolts

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Chargers Present Eagles With A Unique Test

In the world of sports, a desperate team is the most dangerous thing you will find. The Los Angeles Chargers have lost their first three games of the regular season. They are beyond desperate for a win at this point, and the Philadelphia Eagles have to be careful. Los Angeles’ desperation is what will make this a unique test for Philly. The Birds have had their defense decimated by injuries, and their secondary will be their most vulnerable position on Sunday. However, there is good news for Philly. Safety Rodney McLeod is expected to play against the Bolts, which is big news. Presumably, Chargers running back Melvin Gordon will be making a comeback on Sunday.

Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers Can Expose The Philadelphia Secondary

It has been a rough start for L.A.’s quarterback. Philip Rivers threw three interceptions against the Kansas City Chiefs defense at home, and the Bolts lost the game 24-10. The following week, the Dolphins came to town and Rivers’ team ended up on the losing side again. At 0-2, the Chargers traveled to Denver to face the Broncos and lost 27-24 in a tight game. Rivers had a great game against the Broncos defense. He completed 66.7% of his passes and threw for three touchdowns. Can Rivers duplicate these numbers against the Eagles defense? Yes. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz needs to make sure he has the right plan to contain Rivers, or it can get ugly.

Last Season’s Road Record For The Eagles Was 1-7

Philadelphia started this regular season off victoriously in an away game against Washington. Things could be taking a turn, but it is too early to say. This team has already lost an away game to Kansas City this season. With the loss against Kansas City, the Eagles have been defeated three games in a row by AFC teams. Could they break this losing streak on Sunday? It is hard to say. Philly is still learning to win away games under head coach Doug Pederson.

Defense Has To Cope With Cox’s Absence

ESPN reported that defensive tackle Fletcher Cox would not be playing against the Chargers. As a result, the Birds will have to go with Beau Allen in the matchup. No Cox means Timmy Jernigan and Allen will have to step up their games and try to mimic Cox’s impact. Philly’s defense will have a unique test of their own to pass against the Chargers. The defensive line has to forget about last week’s performance against New York and bounce back against Los Angeles. Philly’s secondary will need their support to help them against Rivers and his weapons.

Philadelphia Has To Protect Wentz

Quarterback Carson Wentz was sacked on the very first play of the game by Giants’ Oliver Vernon. One thing Philadelphia’s offensive line cannot afford to do is expose Wentz to hits. Losing the ball on the road does not end well for visiting teams. The Chargers have a guy that goes by the name of Joey Bosa. Bosa was the NFL rookie of the year in 2016, and he already has 2.5 sacks in three games this season. The Eagles offensive line has to keep an extra eye on him to make sure he does not disrupt the offensive flow. Of course, one way to help the offensive line is by sticking with the running game.

The Verdict

Sunday’s matchup is indeed a unique test for the Eagles. As a result of absences on defense and a shaky running game, they will have to be efficient on both sides of the ball. Philly might have won against the Giants, but Giants quarterback Eli Manning still tossed three touchdowns against the Eagles secondary and had arguably his best game of the season. Moreover, what’s truly worrisome about Philadelphia is their record on the road. Finally, it is a 50-50 game, and either team could come away with the victory. However, only one team can win, and that will be the Los Angeles Chargers in a close one, 30-27.