The Eagles were way more conservative in the second half of the game trying to eat the clock. It was 26-7 at halftime before the Eagles opened the scoring in the second half on a 34 yard McCoy touchdown run. After that, the offense was silent. Michael Vick was 0-for-1 in the third quarter and 2-for-3 in the fourth quarter making him 2-for-4 for 13 yards passing in the second half - not good enough. Jackson didn't catch a pass after halftime which helps to explain how the Redskins were able to score 20 unanswered points in the second half and make it a game.
The Eagles get the Chargers who blew a 21 point second half lead to the Texans in the late game on Monday night. The defense struggled as they allowed Matt Schaub & Co. to rack up 449 yards of total offense. Getting to the second level was easy for Houston and it is apparent by San Diego's leading tacklers, linebackers Bront Bird and Donald Butler.
The Charges gave up 120 total yards on the ground last week to the Texans which puts them in 25th place out of 32 teams in rushing defense and that has to be concerning for Chargers fans. The Eagles showed a strong commitment to the ground game running the ball 65% of the time and rushing for a league high 263 yards - that's 92 yards more than the next closest team, the Raiders.
On the Redskins' first play from scrimmage, defensive end-turned-outside linebacker Trent Cole stripped Pro Bowl running back Alfred Morris to get the Eagles defense off the field after just one play. Cole later was credited with a safety, three solo tackles, and two quarterback hits.
Not too shabby for a defense that allowed more points than everyone in the league last season with the exception of the Titans and Saints. The Eagles did a good job of keeping Redskins QB Robert Griffin III in check in the first half as he threw for just 53 yards on 5-of-11 passing with an interception. The problem was they let their foot off the gas in the second half allowing Griffin to go 25-for-38 for 276 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers has got to like his odds against the Eagles defense rather than the Texans. Rivers went 14-for-29 (48.3%) for 195 yards, four touchdowns, and one interceptions. He was strong in the first half going 8-for-14 (57.1%) for 112 yards and three touchdowns but came back in the second half going 6-for-15 (40%) for 83 yards one touchdown and an interception that was taken back for the game-tying touchdown. RB Ryan Mathews rushed 13 times for just 33 yards and the loss drops the Chargers to 7-16 when the former first-round pick rushes for less than 65 yards.
Vick, 33, showed on Monday night that Chip Kelly's new offense is fast, effective, and it runs through him. He was magnificent through the first half going 13-for-21 for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed four times for 10 yards and a touchdown. In the second half he had more rushes (five) than pass attempts (four) for more yards (44) than passing yards (13). Despite injuring his groin in the fourth quarter of Monday's win, look for the Eagles quarterback to keep his foot on the pedal for four quarters on Sunday.
Weddle, 28, is going to have his hands full on Sunday with the Eagles offense. Weddle is going to have to try and help support the Chargers front-seven on rushing plays but, at the same time, try not to bite on play-action plays so he can support the secondary in coverage. The seven-year veteran had a solid game on Monday night with 11 total tackles (nine solo) and a pass defended.