San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers: Week 2, at Philadelphia.
|Dropback||1||12||0||2, 27 yards||3||2|
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It’s tough to say that what the Eagles secondary was doing on Sunday could be called playing football, but nonetheless Rivers was outstanding and the Chargers have every right to be giddy about their playoff chances in 2013 based on what they’ve seen out of him thus far this year. What doesn’t show up in the box score above is the number of times Rivers was under pressure from the Eagles pass rush and managed to still get an accurate throw and positive yardage out of the play anyway. He was helped a lot by Antonio Gates, who was racking up huge YAC numbers like it was 2006 all over again – it could be that much of that was due to all-around terrible tackling by the Eagles back seven, but the Chargers will take an eight catch, 124-yard day from Gates any time they can get it these days.
Further, Danny Woodhead’s eight catch, 37-yard game doesn’t sound like much but he was able to elude just enough tackles to gain several first downs. His departure from the Patriots is an underreported but still significant reason why that team is struggling to throw the ball right now and his arrival in San Diego gives Rivers a possession receiver he sorely lacked last season. The best news of all for Chargers fans right now, though, is that the skittish and easily rattled Rivers who took the field last season has been MIA thus far in 2013, having been replaced by a Rivers who looks a lot like the guy who was one of the top five quarterbacks in the league from 2008 to 2010. And given the dearth of quality offenses in the AFC right now, having even a top-ten quarterback likely means double digit wins and a playoff berth.
Michael Vick: Week 2, vs. San Diego.
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Nick Foles: Week 2, vs. San Diego.
The Eagles may have lost Sunday, but they should actually feel better about their overall chances this season than they did after the season-opening Monday Night win at Washington. And the reason for that is the play of Michael Vick, who showed he could be accurate enough to hit the number of wide-open receivers Chip Kelly and his own supporting cast’s overwhelming speed generates. Vick is still listed with five incompletions that were due to his inaccuracy but that’s actually a pretty solid number, given the number of times he threw the ball deep Sunday. He also made the right reads and didn’t force any throws into heavy coverage.
Now, despite only getting sacked once, Vick still got hit too many times and had to be taken out for a crucial second down play in the San Diego red zone on their final full possession (leading to Foles’ lone, inaccurate throw). It’s doubtful that side of his quarterbacking persona is ever going to go away and the likelihood of him missing playing time this year remains disconcertingly high for Eagles fans. As long as he’s healthy, though, this offense is clearly going to score a ton of points. DeSean Jackson looks like his 2010 self again and LeSean McCoy has probably been the most dynamic player in the league through the first two games. And on top of all that, who knows how many more crazy wrinkles Chip Kelly has in the offense that he hasn’t shown yet? Whether the defense will be able to stop anybody this year is another question, but at the very least Philadelphia seems like a lock to be one of the two or three most entertaining teams in the league to watch this year.