OPEN THREAD: Eagles vs. Chargers
By Matt Pagels
Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers host Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4. Chat with other Chargers fans on the open thread while watching the game.
The Chargers NEED to win this game.
Some fans believe the season is already over after last week’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. But if the Bolts fail to come away with a win against the Eagles, then you can almost certainly close the book on the Chargers’ 2017 season.
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The Chargers have never started the season 0-4 with Philip Rivers as their starting quarterback. This could be an all-time low for a Chargers team that’s desperately trying to gain popularity in their new market.
The up-and-coming Eagles, led by second-year quarterback Carson Wentz, are a threat, but their defense has been bit by the injury bug, something Chargers fans are quite used to seeing. Stud defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is out and several members of their secondary (Ronald Darby, Jaylen Watkins and Corey Graham) won’t play. We also won’t see former Chargers RB Darren Sproles, who will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL and breaking his arm against the New York Giants.
As for the Chargers, let’s see who’s inactive for Sunday:
Our #PHIvsLAC inactives:
QB C. JonesS D. McCoilLB N. DzubnarT T. MarzTE S CulkinWR M. WilliamsDE J. Attaochu
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) October 1, 2017
Starting running back Melvin Gordon was never a threat to miss the game. Right tackle Joseph Barksdale, who missed last week’s contest, is back, which bodes well for a line that has actually played halfway decent through three games. First-round pick Mike Williams was ruled out earlier in the week, but it’s nice to see him practicing albeit on a limited basis. There’s a good chance we will see Williams in action when the Bolts travel to New Jersey to play the Giants in Week 5. Jerry Attaochu will miss his fourth straight game. He’s really been a disappointment since being selected in the second round of the 2014 draft.
Overall, let’s hope the defense can continue to play well and the offense picks up the pace on Sunday. Bolt up!