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Chargers scouting report

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/10/19/sports/professional/chargers/22_14_0710_18_05.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    By Jay Paris

    Philadelphia Eagles -- KICKOFF: 10 a.m. Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field

    SERIES: Chargers lead 5-3. The Eagles won the last meeting 24-14 in 2001 in Philadelphia.

    PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Donovan McNabb

    McNabb will continue to grit his teeth and play with a sports hernia that's compromising his mobility. He can still sidestep trouble in the pocket, but he seldom takes off downfield. What isn't hurt is his arm. His 1,464 passing yards are the sixth-most in the NFL, and he has completed 123 of 200 passes for 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. But McNabb's injury seems to bother him most early in games, before he can loosen up. That's among the reasons the Chiefs and Cowboys jumped to 17-0 leads in their games against the Eagles. McNabb was fabulous last year in leading the Eagles to the Super Bowl, throwing 31 touchdowns against only eight interceptions.

    OFFENSE

    The Chargers caught a break Sunday when Pro Bowl WR Randy Moss left the Raiders game early with an injury. They probably won't get as lucky regarding WR Terrell Owens. The volatile Owens was in the middle of an offseason Philly soap opera, at odds with the organization and McNabb. But the distractions haven't hampered Owens' production. He's No. 6 in the NFL with 556 receiving yards; among his 37 receptions are four for touchdowns, with a long of 68 yards. The running game is led by Brian Westbrook ---- he has 231 yards and a touchdown on 55 carries. But Westbrook is just as dangerous coming out of the backfield, with three receiving touchdowns. He's second to Owens with 292 receiving yards on 25 catches.

    DEFENSE

    The Eagles are searching for a consistent pass rush in DT Darwin Walker's absence. He has a team-high 2 1/2 sacks, but has missed the last games with a deep quad contusion. He practiced Monday, but his availability for the game will be determined later in the week. Minus Walker's push up the middle, the guys on the edges ---- Jevon Kearse and N. D. Kalu, with a sack each ---- aren't getting it done. The safety tandem is pretty good: standout Brian Dawkins has 24 tackles and Michael Lewis has registered a team-high 31. MLB Jeremiah Trotter (30) and OLB Dhani Jones (29) are the ones to watch in the defense's middle. CB Sheldon Brown paces the squad with two interceptions. Overall, the Eagles are ranked No. 19, and a dismal No. 23 against the run (118 yards per game).

    NOTEWORTHY

    The Eagles are the third team in a row the Chargers have faced coming off its bye week. The Chargers lost to Pittsburgh before defeating the Raiders. The Eagles were drilled by Dallas, 33-10, in their game before the bye. The Eagles usually rebound well after defeats, as they are 17-3 following losses since 2000. ... Former Chargers LB Zeke Moreno was signed early in the year to help shore up the Eagles' shaky coverage teams. ... Westbrook will have his number retired at Villanova, his alma mater, on Saturday. ... K David Akers remains out with a torn hamstring. Todd France (4-of-5 on field goals) is his replacement. ... Chargers S Clinton Hart is a former Eagle. ... This will be the Chargers' first visit to Lincoln Financial Field. ... New Chargers QB A.J. Feeley got his NFL start with the Eagles in 2001.
     

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