Los Angeles Chargers vs. Philadelphia Eagles Matchup Preview (11/7/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Philadelphia Eagles Matchup Preview (11/7/21)

Fellow draft class of 2020 alums Justin Herbert and Jalen Hurts are set to showdown this weekend in a game that has playoff ramifications for both squads. The Chargers stumble into the weekend coming off back-to-back losses for the first time all season, while the Eagles come in off a 38 point trouncing of the winless Lions. After Kansas City’s win over the Giants on Monday Night, the Chargers find themselves with just a half game lead on the Chiefs and Broncos for second place in the AFC West, trailing the Raiders. The Eagles, similarly, find themselves in second place in the NFC East behind the Cowboys. Though the gap between the Cowboys and Eagles is up to three games, an Eagles win on Sunday could still put them in position for a wild card spot moving forward given the lack of depth in the conference. In a battle between two first year head coaches and two second year quarterbacks, there is a lot of pride at stake in the city of brotherly love this weekend. I wouldn’t be shocked if Eagles GM Howie Roseman and Chargers GM Tom Telesco look at this game as a sort of gauge for the state of their franchise moving forward. 

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Philadelphia Eagles Betting Odds

Betting Trends

Chargers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games
Chargers are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
Chargers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite.
Eagles are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game
Eagles are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win
Eagles are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win of more than 14 points

The Pick

We’re rolling with the underdog Philadelphia Eagles in this one. As bad as Herbert and the Chargers offense looked last weekend against the Patriots, the real issue for this team is the defense’s inability to stop the run. The Chargers defense allows a league worst 159 rushing yards per game, and have had real trouble keeping teams with a legitimate rushing threat from scoring in the red zone. To capitalize on this, the Philadelphia Eagles enter this weekend with the league’s sixth best rushing attack in yards per game. Last week in particular, it felt like Nick Sirianni figured out how to rotate his backs and get Jalen Hurts opportunities to make plays in space. Albeit against the Lions, the Eagles offense ratcheted 236 yards on the ground last week.

Though it’s hard to see this Chargers team losing three straight, especially when factoring in that they have the advantage at quarterback and are facing a team coming off their most emotional win of the season, the reality for this organization is that they haven’t looked dominant once this season and are overly reliant on Herbert’s arm to keep them in games. 

Expect the Eagles to dominate time of possession on offense and force the Chargers into some third and longs on defense. The Chargers will have a couple quick strikes to keep it close, but the Eagles will prevail in the end.

My Prediction: Eagles win and cover 21-20

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TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, November 7
Time: 4:05 PM ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA
TV Coverage: CBS

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Injuries

Los Angeles Chargers: OT Bryan Bulaga (Back) O
Philadelphia Eagles: G Brandon Brooks (Pectoral Strain) O, DE Brandon Graham (Achilles) O, FS Anthony Harris (Thumbs/Groin) Q, RB Miles Sanders (Ankle) O

Los Angeles Chargers Analysis

For a team that had won 8 of 9 games heading into week 6, this Chargers team has slowly unraveled in recent weeks. Their rushing defense continues to be the league’s worst and their rushing offense is dead average, ranking 18th in the league. Their passing game remains relatively effective, though Justin Herbert has made some questionable decisions in the past few games resulting in a couple costly turnovers.

Perhaps most concerning for this team offensively is their seeming lack of preparation at the line of scrimmage. The Chargers continually found themselves in third and long situations this past weekend as their offensive line could not get movement on first down. Their 33 percent third down conversion rate on Sunday was tied for seventh worst in the league, coming against a Patriots defense who is in the bottom half of the league in third down stops. 

The Chargers defense, inversely, is fourth worst in the league this season in getting off the field. Their inability to get a push against the run often puts their opponents in third and short situations that are much more comfortable than what they’re used to. If this Eagles offensive line can get the same push they got against the Lions last week, it may be all she wrote.

Los Angeles Chargers Depth Chart

QB: Justin Herbert
RB1: Austin Eckler
RB2: Justin Jackson
WR1: Keenan Allen
WR2: Jalen Guyton
WR3: Mike Williams
TE1: Jared Cook

Philadelphia Eagles Analysis

The Eagles are still searching for their first home win of the season. Despite being 3-5, they actually have a better point differential on the year than the Chargers (+12 vs -5), and have shown an ability to dominate the trenches defensively. As Jalen Hurts prepares to play his 24th game as an NFL starter, the jury is still out on whether or not he is the Eagles’ franchise guy. Both Hurts and head coach Nick Sirianni stand to gain a lot with a win this weekend.

Though this team doesn’t pass the ball super well, they make up for it with a solid running game and a formidable defense. One thing Jalen Hurts has been consistent with the past two years is not turning the ball over. The Eagles currently have the third fewest interceptions in the league at only four, despite the fact that they’ve played some solid defensive backfields in Vegas and Carolina. Much of this can be attributable to the fact that this team loves to keep the ball on the ground — something they’re going to have to carry into this weekend, no pun intended. 

Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart

QB: Jalen Hurts
RB1: Kenneth Gainwell
RB2: Boston Scott
RB3: Jordan Howard
WR1: Jalen Reagor
WR2: Quez Watkins
TE1: Dallas Goedert

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Philadelphia Eagles Daily Fantasy Picks

Last week I loved Damien Harris to put up yards on this Chargers defensive front and he didn’t disappoint. This week, I love Boston Scott to do the same. I think Nick Sirianni has figured out that this Eagles offense is at its best when Jalen Hurts doesn’t have to throw the ball 30 times a game, and there is no better team to run it on than the Chargers. Expect Scott’s name to be called a lot from the get go and for him to have some opportunities to push the ball downfield.

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As a central Ohio native and lifelong Cleveland sports fan, Patrick Monnin has lived the emotional rollercoaster every sports fan knows all too well. Whether it be the Browns or the Buckeyes, he loves watching football and going on nice long runs in the afternoon. In the local Chicago area, where he now lives, he can often be found making the case for LeBron James as the greatest basketball player ever.

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