San Diego Chargers (0-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
Chip Kelly’s offense looked very good in its first real test against Washington, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I’ll need to see it against a better defense. Washington might have the worst secondary in the NFL. I believe the offensive line can’t continue its dominance as long as it’s healthy and that both LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson can continue to be serious weapons in Chip Kelly’s offense, but I need to see Vick make harder difficulty throws. He was throwing to open guys all night. ProFootballFocus agrees, actually grading him below average as a passer for his game. I also have a lot of concerns about this defense and their ability to stop guys even when they can’t force turnovers. It’s a good start, but it’s important to not get ahead of ourselves.
I don’t know if the Chargers are a good defense, but they’re better on that side of the ball than Washington. More importantly, they have a week of tape and a week to prepare so they won’t be caught off guard as much as the Redskins were. It’s unclear how much that will help though, especially with this game being at 1 PM ET, so I don’t really want to bet against the Eagles, but I can’t pick them here. I don’t think they deserve to be favored by a touchdown or more. They could also be caught looking forward to their game against Andy Reid and the Chiefs next Thursday, just 4 days after this one. Favorites are just 5-13 ATS the week before a Thursday Night game since the start of last season.
Philadelphia Eagles 27 San Diego Chargers 23
Pick against spread: San Diego +7