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3 things to watch for against the Eagles

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Chargers enter this week expecting to face their easiest task since week one when they faced a Washington team that lost their starting quarterback before the game was halfway done.

However, despite their 3-5 record, the Eagles have the league’s sixth-best rushing attack at 131.6 yards per game. So no matter how easy the matchup looks on paper elsewhere, that one area of their game will have a chance to tilt the scales in their favor.

Before we get more into that topic, let’s go ahead and just dive right in as I can’t think of a better segue into this week’s three things I’ll be watching closely when the Chargers take the field in Philly this Sunday.

1.) Another week, another team that’s going to run the football a lot

Why oh why can’t the Chargers seem to get away from teams that have top-10 rushing offense. Heck, even when it wasn’t all that great of a unit (Patriots), they still have plenty of issues with it.

This week, the Bolts will have the opportunity to face the Eagles and their sixth-ranked rushing attack. Their ground game is currently led by quarterback Jalen Hurts who leads with the team with 432 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Starting running back Miles Sanders is currently on injured reserve which means rookie Kenneth Gainwell will start in his place with Boston Scott backing him up. Gainwell currently has more receiving yarda than rushing yards this season so it's unknown whether or not the Bolts will truly be tested on the ground compared to recent weeks.

2.) How will the Chargers offense respond after two dismal performances?

The Chargers rebounded from a six-point outing against Baltimore to score three touchdowns in a 27-24 loss to the Patriots this past Sunday. Despite the score looking fairly close in the end, the actual game looked much less so.

The offense went over 40 minutes of game time in between their second and third touchdowns with a whole lot of nothing going on during that point drought. Without much more detail, you can see just stagnant this unit has become. Something must change and must change fast.

Is it the protection issues on the right side of the line? Is it Joe Lombardi's play-calling? Or is this team settling around who they truly are this year? My money is on a mixture of several factors.

Regardless of what we think, we've seen this team march down the field with little resistance. We've seen Justin Herbert look pressure in the face and deliver time and time again. We've already witnessed Brandon Staley come through with the perfect fourth-down call on more than one occasion.

This team CAN turn it around. We know that. So if another week goes by with the offense looking underwhelming, how hot does Lombardi's seat become? How long is his leash when this team's expectations are still sky-high?

3.) Can a depleted secondary get by against a middling Eagles passing offense?

Hurts isn't all that accurate (61.3 completion percentage) but when he connects, it's usually for a big gain to either Quez Watkins for last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, DeVonta Smith. He's thrown for 1,819 yards with 10 touchdowns to just four interceptions.

While the Chargers will be missing both Asante Samuel Jr. and Michael Davis on Sunday, they couldn’t have caught Hurts in a worse passing slump. Over the past four games, the second-year quarterback is averaging 163 yards per game and has thrown only three scores with two picks. In half those games, he finished with a completion percentage under 60 percent.

As it stands, if the Chargers defense is able to put any sort of cap on the Eagles rushing attack, they could enjoy their easiest day at the office since week one of this season.