It is Week 9 of the NFL season, and the Philadelphia Eagles have still not won a home game yet.
This week, they will get another chance to win in front of their home fans. However, the latest BetMGM NFL odds have the Eagles as a 1.5-point underdog.
Is this finally the week Philadelphia fans go home happy? Let’s find out what they have to do in this Chargers at Eagles game.
Run the Ball
One big thing that teams that face the Chargers have to do is run the ball. For the Eagles, that has not been a problem this season. They are sixth in the NFL in rushing yards per game with 131.6.
As for the Chargers, they are last in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game, averaging 159.4 rushing yards. But, to put that in perspective, that is 25 more per game than the Detroit Lions, who are 30th.
If you are having a hard time thinking of a standout Eagles running back, that is because their QB Jalen Hurts does most of the running. He ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing touchdowns with five on the season.
Hurts also has 432 rushing yards, which puts him second among NFL QBs in that category, just behind Lamar Jackson. He also leads the Eagles both in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.
However, Hurts is not the only player on the team that can do damage on the ground.
The Eagles had Miles Sanders, who averaged 4.8 yards per rush and had 300 rushing yards on the season. Unfortunately, he was placed on injured reserve before last week’s win against the Lions.
But they do have two other running backs, Boston Scott and Jordan Howard. The latter just got promoted from the practice squad and had two rushing touchdowns last week.
If the Eagles can get their running game going, it could be very problematic for the Chargers.
Slow Down the Passing Game
When it comes to the passing game, the Chargers and the Eagles are worlds apart. The Chargers rank in the top 10 in passing yards while the Eagles rank in the bottom 10.
On defense, both teams are pretty respectable against the pass, with the Chargers ranking in the top five in passing yards allowed, and Philadelphia is right behind in eighth.
If the Eagles are going to be victorious, the defense needs to step up and slow down Chargers QB Justin Herbert.
One way to do that is to create pressure and force turnovers. In 2021, the Chargers are 3-0 when Herbert does not throw an interception and are just 1-3 when he even has one. On top of that, they are 0-2 if he has two or more interceptions in a game.
The Eagles’ defense currently has six interceptions on the season, so if they can come up with one or two in this game, they may just be able to get a home win.
Who Wins the Chargers at Eagles Game?
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