By Barry Barnes, founder/Senior Writer
The Philadelphia Eagles came into the contest against the San Diego Chargers with the confidence and hype of their revamped offense, led by quarterback Michael Vick. The offense showed up as expected as they registered 507 total yards. The Eagles battled back as they were down for most the game and was able to tie the game at 30 all with little under two minutes left in regulation.
But the Eagles’ defense has been and will continue to be the question mark of the squad as they surrender 460.5 total yards per outing, third worst in the league.
“You have to tip your hats off to those guys,” said Eagles’ cornerback Cary Williams. “Philip Rivers is a tremendous quarterback who has proved that year in and year out. That was not going to be an easy win. It seemed like they were on to every play and every check that we made. They understood what was going on. Sometimes when you play a great quarterback, which happens.
“We were not able to get off the field when we needed to,” he continued. “We had some big turnovers in the redzone, but we had to do a better job of coming up big. Unfortunately they made the big plays.”
The Chargers were able to move the ball down the field to set kicker Nick Novak up for a 46-yard game-winning field goal with :7 seconds remaining.
“This doesn’t feel good, does it? We better make sure we can correct it,” said Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly. “We have a game in four days. We’re going to come out against a team that likes to throw the football and we have to be ready to play.”
Game Notes by Courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles
Mike Check …Vick threw for a career-high 428 yards and added three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) for a 122.4 passer rating … It was his 10th 300-yard passing game as an Eagle, tying Sonny Jurgensen for fourth in franchise history … It was also Vick’s 11th time eclipsing a rating of 100 as the team’s starting quarterback.
Vick’s 36 career rushing touchdowns are sixth all-time among quarterbacks … With 56 passing touchdowns as an Eagle, Vick surpassed Norm Van Brocklin and Adrian Burk (both 55) for eighth place on the Eagles all-time list … He also ranks sixth in attempts (1,221) and fifth in completions (735).
Jack-Attack … Wide receiver DeSean Jackson amassed 193 receiving yards and a touchdown on a career-high nine receptions. It was Jackson’s second-highest receiving yardage total (210 at Dallas on 12/12/10) and included a 61-yard score … Jackson has five 150-yard receiving games, tying Tommy McDonald for the team record. It marked his 17th 100-yard game, tying McDonald for fourth in team history.
Jackson recorded back-to-back 100-yard games for the fifth time in his career (last time was in 2010 – 9/19 at Detroit and 9/26 at Jacksonville) … Jackson had 7+ receptions in back-to-back games for the first time in his career … 16 of Jackson’s 32 career touchdowns have covered 50-plus yards. He also has 24 career touchdowns of 25-plus yards, tying Timmy Brown for third most in Eagles history … Jackson’s 290 career receptions moved him into 10th on the Eagles all-time list.
Offensive Quick Hits … Running back LeSean McCoy racked up 167 scrimmage yards, including a career-high 114 receiving yards. He also ripped off a career-long 70-yard reception from Vick … It was McCoy’s second-career 100-yard receiving game (110 vs. Washington on 10/3/10).
McCoy moved past Tom Sullivan and into sixth on the team’s all-time rushing attempts list with 877 … Wide receiver Riley Cooper scored his first touchdown reception of the season … The Eagles compiled 511 total net yards, which is their 15th highest total since 1950 and the most since gaining 513 vs. San Francisco on 10/2/11.
Defensive Nuggets … Linebacker Connor Barwin notched his first sack as an Eagle … Cornerback Brandon Boykin forced a fumble near the Eagles goal line that was recovered by linebacker Casey Matthews. Boykin has two turnovers in the first two games of the season … Linebacker Trent Cole also forced a fumble that was recovered by linebacker Mychal Kendricks to thwart a Chargers drive. It’s the first time in his career that Cole forced a fumble in back-to-back games.
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