Instant Observations: Chargers 33, Eagles 30

Here are instant observations from the Eagles’ 33-30 loss to the Chargers.

OFFENSE

* Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson had monster games. Vick completed 22 of 36 passes for 428 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran six times for 23 yards and a score. Jackson had nine catches for 193 yards and a touchdown.

* The truth is they could have had even bigger games. The pair connected on a 61-yard TD in the second half, but had other opportunities. Jackson couldn’t keep his feet in bounds on a deep ball near the sidelines in the first. Later, Jackson again got free deep, but Vick overthrew him. Vick was hit on the play by Dwight Freeney, who used his classic spin move against rookie right tackle Lane Johnson. And there was one more play, where Jackson had his fingertips on the ball, but couldn’t haul it in.

* It looked like the Chargers’ game-plan was to move a safety up and try to limit the Eagles’ rushing attack. LeSean McCoy had 11 carries for 53 yards, but he did more damage as a receiver, catching five balls for 114 yards, including one 70-yarder that set up the team’s first field goal. McCoy got matched up with safety Eric Weddle on the play, broke a tackle and took off down the field.

* On the Eagles’ lone TD drive of the first half, they went 75 yards on four plays in 1:20. Vick hit Riley Cooper for a 13-yard score. Jackson had catches of 17 and 41 yards on the possession.

* On the Eagles’ field-goal drive in the first half, they first thought they had a touchdown, but James Casey couldn’t hang on to a pass from Vick.

* Zach Ertz had catches of 37 and 21 yards in the first half.

* Chip Kelly talked about subbing players in more during the week. On the first drive, he made wholesale changes at one point, bringing in Casey, Jeff Maehl, Bryce Brown and Damaris Johnson for the starters.

* The offensive line had issues on the first drive. It looked like Todd Herremans got beat on the play. On third down, VIck got hit by Freeney, but it looked like he might have stepped into the pressure.

* The Eagles ran 30 plays in the first half and 57 overall. They scored on all four first-half possessions until the final one which began with just 7 seconds on the clock.

DEFENSE

* The defense was a disaster, giving up points on seven of 10 possessions. On five second-half possessions, San Diego scored two touchdowns and two field goals. The Chargers piled up 539 yards and got a 46-yard field goal with 7 seconds left to seal a 33-30 victory.

* Philip Rivers went 36-for-47 for 419 yards and three touchdowns. Eddie Royal had seven catches for 90 yards and three touchdowns. The Chargers went 51 yards on nine plays on their game-winning drive. San Diego went 10-for-15 on third down overall.

* The Chargers had 291 yards in the first half, but only 13 points to show for it, thanks to a pair of red-zone turnovers. Trent Cole forced a red-zone fumble late in the first half with the Chargers driving. And earlier, Brandon Boykin made a terrific hustle play to strip Antonio Gates inside the 5.

* Boykin started outside opposite Cary Williams. It looked like the Eagles tried to stay away from bringing a fifth DB on the field at times in the first half. But eventually, Brandon Hughes came in, played outside, and Boykin moved inside. Williams was called for two pass interference penalties in the first half.

* Mychal Kendricks played well in Week 1, but looked bad in coverage and as a tackler in this one.

* Casey Matthews rotated in behind Connor Barwin at left outside linebacker in the first half. Brandon Graham rotated in behind Cole.

* The Eagles rotated Nate Allen and Earl Wolff in at safety. Neither looked good. Wolff would have given up a touchdown, were it not for the Boykin strip. Allen was a disaster. On the game-winning drive, he gave up multiple completions to Antonio Gates. And early on, Allen got stiff-armed by Ryan Mathews, while also being called for a personal foul penalty on the play.

* On a fourth-quarter touchdown, King Dunlap blocked Allen, and DeMeco Ryans missed a tackle as Royal scampered into the end zone on a WR screen.

* Damion Square got double-teamed to the ground on a second-quarter run.

* Barwin was active early, knocking over rookie right tackle D.J. Fluker early and sacking Rivers. But that was the Eagles’ only sack of the game.

* The Chargers ran 34 offensive plays in the first half. Mathews ran 16 times for 73 yards overall. Malcom Floyd had five catches for 102 yards. But he was hit by Ryans in the third quarter and taken off the field on a stretcher.

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  • Peter

    Which is the true Eagles team – this week or last week? Gotta wonder…

    • BleedGreenJames

      We should all know it was the Eagles of this week. We knew we’d have to outscore the mess of a defense we have, just didn’t do it today, unfortunately.

  • G_WallyHunter

    Looks like the D is coming back down to earth :(…. how many more busts in the secondary? it is looking gross….

  • Jason

    More absolutely terrible clock management. WTF!!! And I’m not talking about the timeouts. Those were good. Why are we running a play on 1st down with 2:12 left on the clock? Did Kelly not watch this Defense all F-ing day. Let the clock go to the 2 minute warning and play to win or Tie and the end of regulation

    • Token

      bingo. Terrible clock management. I hear he had problems with this at Oregon.

  • Bird of Prey

    Hope floyd is okay. But that was a fumble, why they blew it dead I can’t fathom. But the secondary and pass rush is a nightmare. Allen is showing why he shouldn’t be starting and why it’s going to take a why to draft and get enough F/A’s to do some damage.

    • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

      OH MY GAWD!!!! It was a fumble. But with the way the D was playing I’m not even sure it matters.

      SIgh.

  • B-West

    Need a coaching portion to the observations. Seemed pretty clear that the last team that had the ball was going to win. Idk why the Eagles were in such a hurry on that last drive. Particularly the plays ran before the 2 minute warning.

    • SeaDucks

      Because that is what was working for them. Remember last week when they tried to do the speed limit? Unfortunately, no matter how good the Offense, you MUST be able to to rely on the D at some point.

  • Eagles4Life

    2 Things:

    1) I really hope none of our starting corners go down. Fletcher is KEY to this defense. Boykin having to start threw things off, I don’t care how much they prepared.

    2) Can Howie give Buffalo whatever they need for Jairus Byrd? Please???

  • James Skip Carl

    I was yelling to let it run down to the two minute warning and then run the ball, the life of an Eagles fan and Nate Allen is the worst player in the NFL

  • #7

    Nate Allen your f’in ass needs to be cut TODAY!

  • Soybot

    Allen was owned early and often. The offense is going to have to put up at least 30 points per game to win. Good news is they are capable of doing that against anybody.

    • Token

      On the one TD, instead of attacking he stopped, squared up and waited to be blocked by King Dunlap.

  • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

    While this is defensive stupidity that lost us this game. Having Foles throw that was dumb as well. Run it. Shady run it. He run it. Somebody run it. Or have a very manageable throw that gives Vick a real shot at getting it in in the end.

    • RIP illa

      Said that on the live thread. Horrible!!! Run or give him a TE short and over the middle. Ridiculous.

    • Token

      That entire sequence down there was just badly managed. Then they have Foles throwing a fade to a 5’7 WR? Vick was just saying the ref made him come out, prolly feared concussion. But just unfortunate.

    • Eagles4Life

      x1000000…even if we had only gotten halfway there, we would have been better off than an incompletion on a filler play.

  • Token

    Since im Mr. Positivity, The good news here is that we lost no ground in the division since Dallas and the Skins lost. Hoping for a Giants loss. If the offense could keep consistently scoring like this and the D could just stop people sometimes, this awful division may not be too far out of grasp. Maybe

    • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

      The division is definitely within grasp. 30 is gonna win you more than they lose you. And you gotta think the more they play in this offense the more comfortable (and better) they will get.

  • DunedinEagle

    Listening to Vick press conference. He is till an A hole.

    • RIP illa

      ???

      • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

        Yeah…

    • Token

      I dont like Vick at all. But overall, hes played his ass off for two games.

      He made some comment in his PC like “maybe we had to score 40 points to win”. Bwah I love that. This defense needs something to fire them up.

  • Soybot

    Not clear on the play clock but I feel like they could have run it down to the 2 minute warning with 2:30 on the clock, instead ran two ineffective plays. I don’t understand that.

  • Tautalatasi Jr.

    It’s okay fellas, 15-1 isn’t so bad

    • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

      LOL.

      I see you!

  • takeo

    Nate Allen had a very bad day, but it’s not even in the top 3 reasons for the loss.
    N. 1 time mgmt sucked: Reid would have been killed if he had hurried up the offense in the last 2 mins rather than play to win or tie running the rock a little bit.
    N. 2 the defense blitzed the whole night vs an awful Off Line, but RIvers never got pressured and had all day to pick our secondary apart.
    N. 3 DJax could have avoid to give away half field to the Chargers with that stupid penalty after Vick TD.

    Ah and Cary Williams and Hendricks might have played even worse than Allen.

    • Will

      Nate Allen gave up 2 TD’s that’s 14 points what do you mean not a top 3 reason? What game were you watching? #11 Royal owned Nate!….http://vimeo.com/60112567…………………… Pay that Man!

      • #7

        His eyes are sprained

      • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

        Exactly!

  • Will

    What the Eagles Defense needs instead of Nate no play Allen…..http://vimeo.com/60112567……………Great run support and pass coverage are Great….

  • SeaDucks

    Some more positive thinking here….

    When the Eagles scored it was QUICK. That’s good. No matter how far down there is hope. Now imagine the SD offense. They have been on the field all day, almost perfect, doing everything they want, and yet, they are having to play from behind late in the game? That is just deflating when your best is almost not good enough. If I was SD, I would leave quickly, and pray they don’t have to play again.

    Eagles had a lot of room to improve, San Diego couldn’t have played much better, and still barely won.

  • KimbaFuzz

    Yes, that would be awesome!!!! Sheil, can we get that???! Please!!!

  • RIP illa

    I seriously hate Nate Allen and Bill Davis right now!!! 1 upped…lol.

  • Will

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEcwJwJL4fY …………….A video is worth a 1,000 words…6’3” ..217 lbs…..

  • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

    Kelly is new at this. Reid had that problem for 14 years.

    Not time to write Kelly off yet.

  • B-West

    You serious man?

  • Will

    Geather’s should sit…Put Vinny in….

  • #7

    I don’t care if he’s gay. Sign him up. He’ll sign Ronnie Lott. He could do better than Nate Allen

  • B-West

    I still say late is not in position. I give it to you that the defensive scheme could certainly take some of the blame. But there is zippy about Nate Allen’s past performance that leads me to give him the benefit of the doubt. Off the top of my head, he definately hesitated on the pick play for the first TD. Also, it looked like Cover 3 to me, but the TV donk (Dierdorf I think) highlighted him on the 3rd down pass when Royal was wide open.

  • RIP illa

    Lol. I’m not a Allen fan. I want him gone. But we don’t have anyone better to replace him. What did you see Wolff do??? Cause I saw him make the same mistakes in coverage as Allen, minus the running around the route instead of through it to cover his WR. So point out Nate’s faults all you want, cause I’m w/ you on them. But don’t sit up here and preach to me like Wolff is the answer when he has demonstrated the same questionable qualities that have us hating Allen right now!!! Getting him up to speed sounds great in theory, but when put into practice it doesn’t always work out like that and after two games of limited reps, has yet to work out like that.

  • Shady25

    The problem is, even if we sign him. He won’t be ready to play for about 3-4 weeks. has to learn the defense.

  • Shady25

    I can live with Wolff’s rookie mistakes. Nate Allen has been is a veteran and has not gotten any better. Go with Wolff and live with the results.

  • RIP illa

    That’s exactly what out of position is…whoever’s fault it was, probably Nate’s, on that wide open Royal TD pass.
    Blown coverage is a result of being out of position. You could be totally in position but still be late to make a play on the ball. The onus is on the defender to read and react from his coverage spot, if in zone like Allen was.

    Allen sucks cause he slow to react and is too mindful (IMO) of making coverage mistakes or being out of position. The “pick play” wasn’t even a designed pick play at all. Nate had man responsibilities, God knows why, and chose to run around the other WR, instead of underneath or through him to stay w/ his man…this making it into a pick play himself! He sucks! But you can look to the whole preseason and see and the 1st gam against the Skins to see that he has been responsible w/ his assignments!!! He just sucks when it comes to reading and reacting and man coverage!

    This is also why we don’t see him light people up from his spot. Dude is to scared to make mistakes and only sticks w/ his responsibilities and everything else suffers. It’s the reverse of Curry making a whole bunch of plays but not sticking to his responsibilities! And god we could have used Curry!!!

  • Warhound

    The time-outs at the end guaranteed a kick-off and a last play. They were the correct move.