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What we learned in the Chargers' 26-24 loss to Philadelphia

05 October 2017

The Los Angeles Chargers will stand and lock arms during the singing of the national anthem before Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles at StubHub Center, coach Anthony Lynn said.

After an early injury to Darren Sproles in the win over the Giants, it might have seemed like the ideal time for coach Doug Pederson to dump the run and go pass-heavy for the remainder of the game and, possibly, even the season.

Blount burst through San Diego's line on the second play of the drive, and he welcomed anyone who dared try tackling him. His 68-yard run was the longest of his career. The green-clad horde chanted and sang throughout the game, with its roars getting loudest when the Eagles' offense ran out the clock on another victory.

Blount finished with 136 yards on 16 carries (8.5 ypc) to pace a ground game that racked up 214 yards, following up another strong showing, against the New York Giants, in which they finished with 193 yards on the ground. The Bolts trailed 19-17 early in the fourth quarter, until LeGarrett Blount pushed the defense aside for a 59 yard run into the rezone for Philadelphia.

"It's sad when you're home and it feels like it's away", said running back Melvin Gordon.

The Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) have snapped another dreaded losing streak this regular season.

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To Pederson's point, three Eagles defensive backs - Ronald Darby (ankle), Corey Graham (hamstring) and Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) - have missed the past two games, which forced third-round rookie cornerback Rasul Douglas to assume a large role.

"Hell yeah, he's been pissed off the last two weeks", guard Brandon Brooks said.

The game can be heard nationally on SiriuxXM Radio. "It's been incredible, it's been unreal".

But those two scores bookended a three-yard touchdown run by Eagles tailback Wendell Smallwood, keeping the Chargers from ever pulling ahead.

Philadelphia's roster includes receiver Nelson Agholor, a USC alumnus, and linebacker Joe Walker, a former Palos Verdes High standout.

The Chargers Philip Rivers has the ball stripped from his hand by the Eagles Chris Long during the first quarter Sunday.

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Blount has been the biggest factor, both literally and figuratively. "It wasn't that hard to see".

Stop me if you've read this but the Chargers aren't your average 0-and-whatever team. "He is a really good guy and he is around the facility a lot". Coming off a 299-carry season, at age 30, many wondered if a big dropoff was to follow.

After a slow start, Carson sure came up big in Carson. At home, with a chip on their shoulder, the Giants may be able to handle the Chargers easily. "I know I'm one of the better backs in this league".

In a division with teams that like to pound the rock, that's not going to work.

Lynn said he hopes the dispute over standing for the national anthem - which began last season with then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a protest of shootings of blacks by police officers - "does something positive, do something that will effect change". Though he figures to get more attention than Antonio Gates, Henry has gotten zero targets in two games this season so far, which doesn't look good for his prospects this week.

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What we learned in the Chargers' 26-24 loss to Philadelphia