CHARGERS VS EAGLES PREVIEW
September 11, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (0-1) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-0)
CHARGERS: In only career meeting vs. Phi., QB PHILIP RIVERS completed 20 of 25 passes (80 pct.) for 231 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 131.8 rating. For career, is 70-43 (.619) as starter. Had 5th career 4 TD pass game last week…Club is 4-1 when RB RYAN MATHEWS has 100+ rush yards. Had 14-yard TD catch last week, 1st of career. RB RONNIE BROWN spent 2011 with Eagles…TE ANTONIO GATES has 15 receptions for 150 yards (10 avg.) with TD in 2 career games vs. Phi. Since entering NFL in 2003, has 83 TD catches, most among NFL TEs. Rivers & Gates have combined for 56 career TD receptions, most in NFL history among QB-TE tandems. For career, WR MALCOM FLOYD avg. 17.2 yards per catch (234 catches, 4,031 rec. yards). WR EDDIE ROYAL had career-high 2 TD catches last week… LB DWIGHT FREENEY has 108 career sacks, 5th-most among active players. Has 23 career sacks vs. NFC…DT CAM THOMAS posted 1st career INT last week…LB BRONT BIRD had team-high 14 tackles in Week 1…
EAGLES: QB MICHAEL VICK has won 7 of past 9 starts vs. AFC. Won only start vs. SD (10/17/04 with Atl.) & had 104.9 rating. Had 112.6 rating last week with 2 TDs, 0 INTs & rush TD…RB LE SEAN MC COY rushed for 184 yards & TD last week. Had career-high 31 carries & when he has 20+ att., team is 11-1. In past 4 vs. AFC, has 402 scrimmage yards (100.5 per game) & 5 TDs. Has 17 scrimmage TDs (13 rush, 4 rec.) in past 16 at home…WR-PR DE SEAN JACKSON had 7 catches for 104 yards & TD last week. Had 8 catches for 91 yards in last meeting. Among active players (min. 200 catches), ranks 2nd in NFL with 17.4 avg. (281 rec., 4,889 yards). In last meeting, WR JASON AVANT had 8 catches for career-high 156 yards (19.5 avg.). TE BRENT CELEK had TD in last game vs. SD. Has 2 150-yard games in past 4 vs. AFC…DT FLETCHER COX has 5.5 sacks in past 8. Had 2.5 sacks in 4 games vs. AFC last year. LB DE MECO RYANS had sack last week. CB CARY WILLIAMS had INT & sack last week, 3rd Eagles CB with both in same game since 1960.