We’re a few hours away from kick off for the Eagles home opener against the San Diego Chargers, and the Eagles have a strong change at starting their year off at 2-0 for a 2nd year in a row. Here are 3 keys to an Eagles victory:
1. Get to Rivers early and often - While at one point in his career Rivers was a Pro-Bowl QB, it seems as though those days are behind him. Rivers has propensity to throw interceptions and his playing behind an OL that is suspect at best (featuring our old friend King Dunlap). With a relatively weak running game from Ryan Matthews and Ronnie Brown, the Chargers offense runs through Rivers. If the Eagles can rattle him early it will go a long way towards a victory.
2. Strong play from Brandon Boykin - Bradley Fletcher will miss the game with a concussion, which means Boykin will be called up to play outside in our base defense. It is unclear whether he will stay there on nickel looks or move inside, but needless to say Boykin will see no shortage of snaps today. Although they have no dominate receivers, the Chargers have enough talent that they can spread the ball around outside. Boykin will need to build off his strong week 1 performance, as you’ve got to think the Chargers and Rivers will try and go after him.
2. Let’s see those backups - There’s simply no way Michael Vick can survive 16 games after all those hits he took last week. Shady can’t be carrying the ball 31 times a game. Chip will need to do a better job of rotating his backups in through the game to keep guys fresh. Bryce Brown and Chris Polk should get 10-20 carries combined. If the Eagles lead becomes larger that 17 points with the defense playing well, I wouldn’t be adverse to let Nick Foles come in to close out.
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