Philip Rivers: Sunday's loss to Eagles 'not a home game'

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After the Eagles came away with a 26-24 win, they added insult to injury by mocking the Chargers for their lack of homefield advantage. The expectations are higher this year. Coach Doug Pederson dialed up only 13 runs that day, not one of which went to Blount. The Chargers entered StubHub Center with just 48 points.

Had they been able to win some of these games, the narrative would be different.

"I think it's really big for us", Wentz said following Sunday's game at StubHub Center. I was expecting it to go to overtime, to be honest. This group has a lot of character.

So what gives? Were the Birds missing tackles and failing to break off blocks because they were exhausted?

Rivers threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Tyrell Williams on the Chargers first play after Elliott's second field goal.

It did not get much better after that.

Quarterback Carson Wentz entered his second National Football League season having emerged victorious just once in seven tries in games decided by seven points or fewer, but has already been the driving force behind two victories in consecutive contests that were determined by a combined total of five points.

He converted four field goals, one from 53 yards and all four of at least 40 yards, as he continues his roll. Being on a Super Bowl team, obviously, he knows what it's like.

"I appreciate the Chargers fans that were here", Rivers said. He threw a third interception in the second quarter and almost had a couple of other passes picked off later in the game. "It's going to be tough sledding for those guys".

Unless the Chargers can start to develop a local fanbase, this is a problem the franchise could face for some time.

The Chargers were loudly booed coming out of the tunnel for player introductions.

A healthy secondary should help to minimize the big plays that the Philadelphia Eagles defense has allowed as of late.

Unless they can ignite a flame in this team and play up to their talents, the Chargers may be best suited in preparing for the future.

The Chargers will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during the game. The defense has not caused a turnover in the last two games and has only two for the season, both of which came against Denver in the fourth quarter and both of which led to touchdowns for the Chargers. Zach Ertz had five catches for 81 yards, and Alshon Jeffery caught a touchdown. The Chiefs are making big plays on offense, the Chargers are not. And the special teams, well.

Philadelphia picked up four first downs on the ensuing drive, running out the clock. The Eagles are off to solid start, but they aren't celebrating. It is a process that will take time, maybe years. "And again, not to use that as an excuse, but young players are playing and things are going to happen a little faster for them".

This Sunday will be another challenge for the Chargers.

The Eagles' offense was hyped as potentially one of the most improved unites in football heading into 2017 after an action-packed offseason.

The Eagles were really lucky to survive last week with that win, and the Chargers backs are against the wall. The Chargers need their Hall of Fame quarterback to show up this Sunday, not the Ryan Leaf version of Rivers that showed up last Sunday.

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