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Chargers slow down Eagles, turnovers keep game close

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The Eagles ran 53 plays in the first half of their opening game, but they aren’t on pace to run much more than that in the entire game after one half against the Chargers.

Thanks to a very efficient performance by quarterback Philip Rivers, the Chargers have been able to dictate the pace of the game over the first 30 minutes and the Eagles have run just 29 plays thus far. That’s allowed them to take a 13-10 lead into halftime that could have been even bigger if not for a pair of fumbles late in the half. Tight end Antonio Gates lost the ball as he tried to bull his way into the end zone late in the second quarter and Ryan Mathews continued his career-long issue with fumbles by doing the same a short time later.

Rivers completed 16-of-18 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown to Eddie Royal, giving San Diego the chance to keep the Eagles offense off the field for all but 11 minutes of the first half of the game. Gates’ fumble was painful, but the Eagles haven’t had much luck covering him or Malcolm Floyd while also allowing Mathews to pick up 5.5 yards per carry.

The Eagles got their touchdown on a Michael Vick pass to Riley Cooper and their offense has been fairly productive, but the defense’s inability to get them on the field and a missed field goal by Alex Henery after Mathews’ fumble has put Philly in a halftime hole.

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16 Responses to “Chargers slow down Eagles, turnovers keep game close”
  1. gloryfromheaven says: Sep 15, 2013 2:27 PM

    Choke, choke, choke choke choke chokechokechokechoke

    CCHHHOOKKKKEEEE

  2. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 15, 2013 2:27 PM

    Thought that Duck college offense craze would have listed more than just one half (redskins) this season. How underwhelming chip kelly.

  3. joetoronto says: Sep 15, 2013 2:28 PM

    What a boneheaded play by Gates, he’s such a Charger.

  4. cinfante54 says: Sep 15, 2013 2:29 PM

    Also Chip Kelly using the “Andy Reid’s guide to challenging plays” has left them in this hole. That Casey catch is a TD. Hopefully they ten things up second half.

  5. joetoronto says: Sep 15, 2013 2:31 PM

    Ryan Matthews is just being Ryan Matthews.

    What a loser.

  6. mvpolamalu says: Sep 15, 2013 2:33 PM

    Wow, before today everybody’s talking about how chip Kelly and his new offense are the future and the eagles are gonna dominate, now everybody’s saying week 1 was a fluke? Pick a damn side, people.

  7. The Shoeman says: Sep 15, 2013 2:36 PM

    at least we aren’t the Redskins !

  8. unklepaulhargus says: Sep 15, 2013 2:36 PM

    Clearly those commenting are not watching the game. O is fine, secondary looks horrible.

  9. The Shoeman says: Sep 15, 2013 2:37 PM

    at least we aren’t the Cowboys !

    1st Place Eagles / Chip !

    woo-hoo

  10. The Shoeman says: Sep 15, 2013 2:38 PM

    at least we aren’t the last place Giants !

  11. nananatman says: Sep 15, 2013 2:39 PM

    Fail faster damn you!

  12. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 15, 2013 2:44 PM

    IRG3 is overated

  13. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 15, 2013 2:46 PM

    Well that took about a minute to get him figured out. Welcome to the nfl mr. Chip.

  14. dolphins4 says: Sep 15, 2013 2:48 PM

    Ryan Mathews sucks! How is he even playing in the NFL.

  15. jvn36 says: Sep 15, 2013 2:49 PM

    Cannot wait for joetoronto s snide comment regarding Malcolm Floyd

  16. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 15, 2013 3:06 PM

    Gimmick offense.

    Everyone thought it was amazing. Now we see the Skins are horrible.

    Plus Kelly is fat.

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