The San Diego Chargers will defeat the Philadelphia Eagles

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

Each week, John Gennaro gives you three reasons why the San Diego Chargers will defeat their upcoming opponent. Here are three reasons to be optimistic about their game against the Eagles on Sunday.

Turnovers

Want to know how the Philadelphia Eagles got a big lead against the Washington Redskins on Monday? Here how the first few drives of the game went.

  • Michael Vick FUMBLE, Redskins return for TD (7-0 WSH)
  • Eagles FG (7-3 WSH)
  • Redskins FUMBLE on their own 20 yard line
  • Eagles TD (10-7 PHI)
  • Redskins INTERCEPTED at midfield (LOS was WSH's own 20 yard line)
  • Eagles punt
  • Redskins SAFETY (12-7 PHI)
  • Eagles punt
  • Redskins punt
  • Eagles punt
  • Redskins punt
  • Eagles TD (17-7 PHI)
  • Redskins punt
  • Eagles TD (24-7 PHI)

The Redskins turned the ball over three times and scored zero offensive points in the first half. If they did that against the Jacksonville Jaguars they'd be down a lot. This was a simple case of RG3 being rusty and the Redskins being overrated.


Ryan Mathews

The San Diego Chargers want to avoid turnovers, control the tempo of the game and score points? Sounds like they should hop on the backs of Ryan Mathews and D.J. Fluker, and ride them to victory.

Run! Run until the Eagles have eight in the box and then run some more. Impose your will, Mr. Whisenhunt. When they start blitzing to counteract the run, don't bring in Ronnie Brown and have him block. Leave in Ryan Mathews and have him run be the check-down receiver. Rivers is smart enough and does well enough against the blitz that he can find an open receiver if the Eagles are sending eight guys at him.

Playmakers win games. Ryan Mathews is the best one this team has right now, and he is coming up on his prime. It's time to start making him the centerpiece of the offense.


Bradley Fletcher

The Eagles don't have a lot of of depth in their defensive secondary. Bradley Fletcher, signed by the team this offseason to be a starting cornerback, left Monday's game against the Redskins with a concussion and is slated to miss Sunday's game as well. The Chargers WRs aren't great, but they should be able to win one-on-one matchups against everyone not named Cary Williams.

Second year player Brandon Boykin, who actually has looked very good this year, is expected to take Fletcher's place in the lineup, which means someone gets bumped up to his spot at nickel cornerback. Expect the Chargers to attack whomever ends up trying to play against their slot receiver.


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