The San Diego Chargers traveled all the way across the country to face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon. On Sunday, September 15, the Eagles are favored by 7 points on ESPN.com. The interesting marquee quarterback match up features two players that have had their ups and downs throughout their career. Between Philip Rivers and Michael Vick, the opposing defense can see quick fireworks as displayed by each of the teams first halves. However, both quarterbacks can have dull moments for long stretches. Whether it was by design in Philadelphia’s case, remains to be seen. It’s a good thing that both teams are playing on a short week.
Philip Rivers only completed 14/29 passes, but accounted for four touchdown passes on Monday night against the Houston Texans. Soon after, the offense shut down, lost the huge lead and eventually the game.
Rivers started very efficiently and he has to continue to do so on Sunday. The Philadelphia offense is a threat to put up a lot of points, so San Diego has to hang in there in the first half. It is a major concern that Philip Rivers can’t put up two straight halves of solid football. As the speed of this game increases, expect Rivers to get more chances to chuck the ball.
Michael Vick blitzed the Washington Redskins with an amazing first half. His array of passing and ball handling skills had Washington wilting for the first 30 minutes. Then with a big lead, the tempo for the Eagles slowed down.
Vick finished with only 15/25 complete passes for 203 yards. He also threw two touchdown passes, and no interceptions. In fact, Michael Vick didn’t have a turnover in what the Eagles hope is a new trend of taking care of the ball.
This game should be very exciting in the first half. There’s no doubt that offensive explosions should be the norm come kickoff time.