Eagles need run game to charge offense in LA

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With NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in attendance for the Los Angeles Chargers third home game of the season, the team put up a good fight against the Philadelphia Eagles but fell short 26-24 in a shootout. Melvin Gordon has handled a lot of the work on the field as well, and even though he's scored for the Chargers, it hasn't amounted to anything for them yet.

During the Eagles' 26-24 win at the 27,000-seat StubHub Center, a soccer stadium, most of the cheering was in support of Philly, and looking out into the bleachers revealed a sea of green. The game was tied before the kick and would have just gone into overtime. Granted, Stockton made about four thousand mistakes during the game so he might have actually gotten confused, but either way, the atmosphere that far from home was remarkable.

The contrast was so stark that it even became a focus of the broadcast, with sideline reporter Shannon Spake explaining that she'd heard "GO EAGLES" chants throughout the day.

It seems the Chargers are incapable of playing well in all phases of the game. "Then I looked up and saw it was the Chargers".

While Philadelphia's Carson Wentz is certainly not the best quarterback in the National Football League, he has shown in only his second year that he is gaining more and more confidence with each week. Carson Wentz went 17 of 31 for 242 yards and one touchdown.

The resurgent running game is a main reason why the Eagles have finished the first quarter of the season atop the NFC East with a 3-1 record.

Elliott hit his first field goal on Sunday to end the first quarter and give the Eagles a 10-0 lead.

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The scoring in the fourth quarter started when Chargers reserve running back Austin Ekeler sprinted through the middle of the Eagles' defense for a 35-yard touchdown to cut the Eagles' lead to 19-17, and the Eagles' lead could have been in danger. "This year, we are starting to learn that a little bit".

So what gives? Were the Birds missing tackles and failing to break off blocks because they were exhausted? They're 0-3 but that doesn't matter because every game they've played they were in.

Elliott added a 53-yard field goal on the ensuing possession to give the Eagles a 16-7 lead.

"It definitely helps the overall execution of the offense", Pederson said about establishing the run. "Never in a million years did I think we'd be here at 0-4, but we are, OK?"

After Sturgis suffered a season-ending leg injury in the opener, the Eagles poached Elliott from the Bengals. What should scare the Eagles is how many pass yards and touchdowns they surrendered in the fourth quarter.

Head coach Doug Pederson has seemingly learned to trust the running game more, hence his sudden commitment. They do not have the explosive type of players that the Chiefs have on offense, but as their offensive ranking indicates they move the ball on offense and score points. And it was probably a weakness of his past year, those cut-off blocks, but now he's getting his head across, his steps are better and he's really improved. Needless to say, they aren't winning over too many people in their new city.

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