Chargers vs. Eagles 2013 game preview: Chip Kelly makes home debut

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Chip Kelly makes his home debut as the Eagles take on the Chargers. Here's everything you need to know about the game.

The Philadelphia Eagles host the San Diego Chargers in Week 2. Both teams are coming off Monday night games with decidedly different momentum. Chip Kelly's NFL debut was a smashing success, running all over the Washington Redskins, 33-27, in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the scoreboard indicates.

Mike McCoy also made his head coaching debut, but the Chargers will be asking tough questions after squandering a 28-7 lead to the Houston Texans. They went on to lose, 31-28, in an outcome that was eerily similar to last year's meltdown against the Broncos.

Meet the Philadelphia Eagles

Kelly's offense was electrifying on Monday night, never letting Washington's defense catch a break. The Eagles took their foot off the gas pedal in the second half, allowing Robert Griffin III to attempt a comeback, but that was only after they racked up 322 total yards in the first half and built a 26-7 lead by halftime.

There are legitimate questions as to whether Michael Vick can hold up in this offense long-term, but for now the Eagles are going to be must-see television every week. San Diego's defense will have a load on its hands.

Meet the San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers looked like his old self in the first half, throwing for three touchdowns as the Chargers built a 21-7 halftime lead. Things unraveled in the second half, however, and suddenly the Chargers looked like the Norv Turner Chargers. A pick-six to Brian Cushing sealed Rivers' fate. The running game continues to struggle as Ryan Mathews was held to 33 yards on 13 carries.

The Chargers have a slight chance to bounce back as Philadelphia's defense is still a work in progress. That's dependent on whether or not Rivers and company can get on the field and, more importantly, stay there.

Local Takes: Philadelphia Eagles

In his Week 1 report card, Mike Kaye from Bleeding Green Nation put LeSean McCoy in his "hot" section and believes he's a legitimate MVP candiate:

LeSean McCoy: I said on Twitter earlier in the week that I thought McCoy could be in the MVP discussion this season and his 2013 debut didn't make me look ridiculous. Shady was phenomenal as always in space and was able evade tackles left and right. His masterpiece was on a 34-yard run, in which he zoomed through several players untouched on his way to the end zone. He finished one yard shy of his career high with 184 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also caught a five-yard pass. McCoy is absolutely scary in this offense.

Local Takes: San Diego Chargers

Richard Wade of Bolts From The Blue is willing to be patient with San Diego's rebuild and notes that it will take a while to clean up the mess A.J. Smith left behind:

A.J. Smith's legacy was on display last night. Tom Telesco couldn't fix the lack of depth in one off season. The starters are good, but the backups are bad. I think we're in for a lot of ugly second halves if the starters stay healthy, and a lot of ugly complete games if they don't. I've been saying 5-11 for months. I didn't see anything to change my mind last night, but I'm oddly OK with it.

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The Eagles opened as 7-point favorites and some books favor them by as much as nine points, according to Oddsshark.

Next Week

Philadelphia gets a short week, hosting the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football. The Chargers go on the road to take on the Tennessee Titans.

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