The Chargers and Saints further proved the old adage for the NFL playoffs: “Just Get In.”
A last-second field goal by Shayne Graham brought an end to the first season of the Chip Kelly era as the Saints left Philadelphia with a 26-24 victory in the NFC Wild Card playoff. The time for season-long evaluations will come over the coming week, but for now let’s take a quick look at how the Eagles performed in this game.
Drew Brees can be patient behind a steady offensive line. The Eagles struggled to bring a pass rush on Kyle Orton many times on Sunday night, so look for the defensive line to try and correct that this week against New Orleans. Easier said than done of course.
Drew Brees will be much more successful against the Eagles defense than back-up Kyle Orton was in the final game of the regular season. But, if the Eagles can knock Brees off his game, then the Saints could quickly run out of options to try and keep up wit the Eagles offense.
There are plenty of matchups to get excited about for the 2013 season, such as the Ravens’ season-opening trip to Denver. Here are 10 other games that should be as exciting on the field as they are intriguing on paper.
When the Denver Broncos come to town next Monday evening, the Chargers have a chance to go to 3-0 against the AFC West this year. As most fans know, records within the division are one of the criteria used should two or more teams finish with the same records at the end of the regular season within their division.
The San Diego Chargers fell to 3-2 Sunday night, missing a golden opportunity to go two games up on division rival Denver by losing to the New Orleans Saints 31-24 The Chargers now head into a showdown with the Broncos next Monday night in San Diego.
With the different story lines that will be in play Sunday night in the Superdome, the Chargers will at least go into the contest relatively healthy.
After nearly pulling off an upset win at Green Bay last weekend (Packers won 28-27), the Saints limped home to the bayou as one of only two remaining winless teams (Cleveland) in the NFL. The Browns’ status does not come as a big shocker. The Saints’, however, is definitely more of a surprise.
Sure, you may look at the records of this Sunday night’s contest between the San Diego Chargers (3-1) and the host New Orleans Saints (0-4), thinking this surely can’t be a big game. Think again.