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Chargers Prepare to Face Eagles
By Amanda Scurlock, sports writer
Published September 30, 2017

The L.A. Chargers have three games in October (Robet Torrence/L.A. Sentinel)

The Los Angeles Chargers will battle against the Philadelphia Eagles tomorrow at the StubHub Center. One can argue the Chargers defense and overall health will make them favorites for the matchup.

Philadelphia defensive ends Fletcher Cox and Destiny Vaeao will not play tomorrow. Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram will be a threat to Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who has been sacked 11 times for 58 yards this season.

In order to win, the Bolts offense must maintain dominance for all four quarters. Since the beginning of the season, The Chargers has only scored three touchdowns in the second half, two coming from their 21-24 loss to the Denver Broncos.

The Chargers is one in five teams that has yet to get a win in the NFL. Any Chargers fan would hope they can clinch a win before playing the New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders on the road.

Last week, the Bolts fell short 10-24 against the Kansas City Chiefs in front of a sellout crowd at the Stubhub Center. Offensive mistakes were the culprit for their defeat.

Despite the loss, the Chargers defense put on a show with Ingram making three sacks.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers made 20 throws for 237 yards and three interceptions. Running back Melvin Gordon rushed 17 carries for 79 yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver Travis Benjamin earned five receptions for 105 yards. Inside linebacker Jatavis Brown made 10 total tackles.

Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith completed 16 throws for 155 yards, scoring two touchdowns. Running back Kareem Hunt made 17 carries for 172 yards, wide receiver Tyreek Hill gained five receptions for 77 yards. Cornerback Terrance Mitchell made nine total tackles and defended four passes.

Cornerback Desmond King executed nine tackles this season as of September 30, 2017 (Robert Torrence/L.A. Sentinel)

Rivers threw his first interception on the third play of the first quarter, picked off by corner Terrance Mitchell. It was a costly turnover as the Chiefs scored a touchdown four plays later. Gordon and Benjamin gained first downs for the Chargers only for Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters to intercept one of Philips passes.

Peters ran the ball for 38 yards, setting the Kansas City offense up at the Chargers’ 34-yard line. The Chiefs were up by 14 after four plays.

Despite the interceptions, passing would aid the Chargers in their next possession. River launched a 44-yard pass to Benjamin, a penalty on the Chiefs would push Los Angeles to Kansas City’s 11-yard line. Gordon outran the Chiefs defense to score a touchdown for Los Angeles.

Rivers third interception came in the second quarter and the Chiefs scored off the turnover.  A kick from rookie Younghoe Koo would edge up the Chargers to 10 points right before halftime.

Neither team could convert their plays into points until Hunt made a 69-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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