The Philadelphia Eagles are under an lot of pressure going into their 1pm EST / 10am PST game today against the San Diego Chargers. The 1-0 Eagles are the NFL’s top-ranked rushing team and have the sixth-ranked overall offense in the NFL, but rookie head coach Chip Kelly is on a mission to show that his team’s Week One performance wasn’t a fluke. Meanwhile, the San Diego Chargers are coming off a heartbreaking Week One game against the Houston Texans, so both teams have something to prove, even if it is largely to themselves. The game is televised on CBS, but for everyone not near a TV, you’ll want to watch Eagles vs Chargers live streaming online free to see if Chip Kelly can guide Michael Vick and the rest of the Eagles to a 2-0 record to start the 2013 NFL season.
The Eagles had their season opener last week on Monday Night Football — against Robert Griffin III (RG3) and the Washington Redskins, no less — so all eyes were on Philly in Week One. Things started well, as the Eagles charged down field with less than 20 seconds between plays, eventually earning a First and Goal. An incomplete lateral derailed that momentum, which the Redskins recovered and ran back for a touchdown. With their fast-paced offense, the Eagles soon made a recovery of their own, ending the first half with a 26-7 advantage. Kelly slowed things down in the second half, giving the Redskins room to catch up, but Philly pulled out a 33-27 victory when all was said and done.
The NFL season opener held different things for the Chargers, although it didn’t become apparent until the fourth quarter. After intercepting the Texans’ first pass and scoring on their first offensive possession, the Chargers played well enough to go up by three touchdowns in the third quarter. The game seemed all but over, as Philip Rivers and the Chargers were cruising. Then the Texans turned it on, tying the game and eventually giving Randy Bullock a chance to kick a 41-yard field goal as time expired. The kick was good, giving Houston a 31-28 victory. Needless to say, if you watch Eagles vs Chargers live streaming online or on CBS today, you’re in for a dogfight between two motivated teams.
The game will be an interesting showcase of new offenses. Chip Kelly joined the Eagles this offseason from the University of Oregon, and there were plenty of skepticism about whether his fast-past college offense could translate to the NFL. Last Monday Night it translated perfectly, although Coach Kelly said during his post-game interview that he thought they could speed things up even more.
Meanwhile, Chargers’ first-year coach Mike McCoy was brought in to revitalize the offense, and if Philip Rivers’ four touchdown passes are any indication, his experiment may just be a success. Watching Kelly and McCoy duke it out offensively should be an incredible show, so make sure to watch Eagles vs Chargers live streaming online using the link above or via CBS Sports’ website.
Ironically, Chip Kelly’s Eagles actually have more to prove on the defensive side of things. Whereas the Philadelphia Eagles have a top-ranked rushing and offensive game, their defense is ranked 21st, and their passing (yeah, I know, that’s offense) is ranked a lowly 25th. Those who follow the NFL know that Michael Vick can run, so the rushing stats aren’t surprising, but Chip Kelly’s Ducks offense mixed things up well, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Eagles can get their air game going alongside their rushing one. Defensively, though, they’ll have to improve across the board, because McCoy is bound to have been stretching his offensive genius for the past week to show he’s just as capable as Kelly.
NFL fans haven’t had a chance to watch Eagles vs Chargers live streaming online free — or on TV, or at all — since Nov. 15, 2009. That date almost four years ago was the last time these two teams met. As recounted by the Philadelphia Eagles’ team website, in that game “a late Eagles comeback fell short as Philip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson led the Chargers to a home victory in a battle of two eventual playoff teams. Rivers threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns while Tomlinson rushed for 96 yards and two scores himself. Trailing by seven points, Donovan McNabb moved the offense down to the Chargers’ 34-yard-line on the final drive before time expired.”
The final score of that 2009 game was Eagles 23, Chargers 31. Since today’s game is the Eagles’ 2013 home opener, there’s no doubt the hometown fans will want a different outcome as they welcome Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense to Lincoln Financial Field for the first time. If the Eagles don’t deliver, it’ll be interesting to see what sort of reception Kelly gets after inheriting the Coach’s seat from a man who wore out his welcome to the point of being booed. In fact, if things don’t go well for the Eagles, and the Chargers’ offense ends up stealing the show, it may be better to watch Eagles vs Chargers live streaming online rather than be in a bar or at the stadium. Things could get ugly in person.