The Eagles are finding a way to win close games this year

Sheri Evans
October 5, 2017

Groups of demonstrators joined some Los Angeles Chargers as they protested once again during the national anthem ahead of their game against the Eagles at the StubHub Center Sunday.

24 - A true West Coast offense, the Eagles move the ball down the field deliberately and systemically, as demonstraited by their 24 first downs per game, second in the National Football League behind New England.

Blount, Corey Clement and Smallwood rushed for a combined 200 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries in a 26-24 victory.

Wentz would then find Alshon Jeffery for a touchdown to give the Eagles a quick 7-0 lead.

The 2011 Eagles "Dream Team", and Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense each fell well short of expectations - and this year's squad held possible let-down criteria as well. Jake Elliott connected on a 45-yard field goal, giving the Eagles a 10-0 lead.

The Eagles likely will start Tim Jernigan and Beau Allen at tackle, with rookie Elijah Qualls rotating in. Rivers threw a lovely 75-yard touchdown pass over the middle to a wide-open Tyrell Williams midway through the second quarter. Williams beat Rasul Douglas over the top and Rivers hit him in stride for the big touchdown. He rumbled for 136 yards on 16 carries. On their fifth possession they were forced to punt with a little over a minute left in the first half.

In the middle of the third quarter, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers exploded in rage. Their first win came against a Redskins team that many picked to finish last in the NFC East.

The corners came up big for the Eagles in the red zone - and got away with some contact - to force the Chargers to kick a field goal. The Chargers (0-3) have a rookie, kicker, too, Younghoe Koo, but he's off to a rough start.

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In the Eagles' ongoing evaluation of their head coach, the variable with the heaviest weight should be the performances of Wentz, and, by extension, the Eagles offense.

The Eagles figure to have a hard time having their cake and eating it this week.

Tight end Zach Ertz has been a major contributor so far this season. For the third time in four weeks, the Bolts have lost by three points or less.

The Eagles answered quickly with a big run of their own.

The 68-yard gain was his longest since he had a 73-yarder for New England in the 2013 playoffs.

All of those characteristics are useful to the job, but none is as valuable as the ability to diagnose an opponent, formulate a game plan, teach that game plan to one's players, and then call it in a manner that looks pretty on TV.

The stats showed that on offense, the Chargers had 53 net yards rushing. Making matters worse is Chargers star Melvin Ingram has 5.5 sacks and was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month as he seemingly tries to earn his new four-year, $64 million contract in one year alone. Wendell Smallwood's 2-yard plunge in the fourth quarter had forged a 26-17 Eagles lead.

The contrast was so stark that it even became a focus of the broadcast, with sideline reporter Shannon Spake explaining that she'd heard "GO EAGLES" chants throughout the day. He also was key in milking the clock late.

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