With a now 0-3 record, a partly-filled stadium that only seats 27,000 people, and a money-grubber of an owner, failure seems imminent for this Los Angeles team.
Think of it like this in Hollywood terms: losing this game puts the Chargers in the "former D-list celebrity who has to show up on reality TV shows" category.
The Chargers come into Week 4 against the Eagles without a win, though they've been hurt by missed field goals and should probably have stolen a victory by now. With the favorite on an 8-1 ATS run in the series and the Broncos able to go all out with a bye on deck, we'll go ahead and back the home squad in this one.
- Eagles receivers have six drops in the first three games, which is pretty much the same pace as past year, when they finished with 31. Whatever protests there are will be individual. We ran the ball more effectively this game. "I know what to expect". If you don't trust your kicker then that changes your play-calling and it changes how desperate you become at the end of the game.
The Eagles figure to have a hard time having their cake and eating it this week.
The Eagles likely will start Tim Jernigan and Beau Allen at tackle, with rookie Elijah Qualls rotating in. The Chargers' offensive line is light years better than the Giants'. Just 42 of those 148 plays have been runs.
Take care of the football: Three Rivers' interceptions led to 17 points for the Chiefs last week. Ingram and Bosa both move around.
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Eagles tight end Zach Ertz. "They'll switch sides sometimes". Linebacker Jordan Hicks and safety Rodney McLeod are both listed as questionable, but both are expected to play.
Backup defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao (sprained wrist), and safeties Corey Graham (strained hamstring) and Jaylen Watkins (strained hamstring) also will stay home. They will get some help though, with a large part of the crowd expected to be Eagles fans that may turn the City of Angels into a home away from home.
Considering what the Giants did in the fourth quarter, Lynn would have to be a complete moron to come up with any gameplan that didn't have Rivers picking this Philly team apart.
"He's a competitor", Jenkins said. He'll talk trash, he'll get riled up and he can make all the throws. He's very accurate. He has control over the offense, and they're very balanced. Though he figures to get more attention than Antonio Gates, Henry has gotten zero targets in two games this season so far, which doesn't look good for his prospects this week. This season they've dropped two games by three or fewer points. They feel like they're not that far off.
The bad news for Doug Pederson and the Eagles is that they'll be without arguably their most explosive backfield weapon in Darren Sproles, who is done for the season after breaking his arm and tearing his ACL in Week 3. "We haven't been good enough, but I still believe we'll be a top five, top eight third-down team when it's all said and done".