Wendell Smallwood finds pay dirt as Eagles edge Chargers

Posted October 05, 2017

"They are learning to come together", Pederson said after the game.

After an early injury to Darren Sproles in the win over the Giants, it might have seemed like the flawless time for coach Doug Pederson to dump the run and go pass-heavy for the remainder of the game and, possibly, even the season. When King caught up to him, Blount jammed his left palm into King's throat with a violent stiff-arm that sent him sprawling to the turf. That run, the long one was incredible. Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland on Sunday wisely had left guard Chance Warmack switch to jump sets nearly exclusively, which better suits his skill set. It was the key to a 13-play, 59-yard drive that melted the final 6:44 off the clock Sunday to clinch the win. His 136 yards for the game were the most by an Eagles running back since LeSean McCoy had 154 at Dallas in 2014.

"It's the little things we have to continue to improve on", Lynn said. Wentz was 3-3 for 48 yards and a touchdown on the first drive of the game.

The Eagles would settle for a field goal again on the next possession as Jake Elliott converted on a 53-yard attempt to put the Eagles up 16-7. LeGarrette Blount led the way with 121 yards on 15 carries.

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There has to be a lot of props given to Jim Schwartz for having his unit do enough to pull out wins the past two weeks. "All you've been hearing about is how our running game is this, how it's struggling". We need to run better and we need to score more. "It's been incredible, it's been unreal". Blount replied with a vicious 68-yard run to set up Wendell Smallwood's TD dive with 9:14 to play.

Midway through the second quarter, the veteran quarterback threw a long touchdown to Tyrell Williams, one that cut Philadelphia's lead to six points.

Though most Eagles road game attract green-clad fans, Eagles blockers said the road support was extraordinary by franchise standards.

While Blount, Smallwood and Clement have made literal strides, so have young cornerbacks Rasul Douglas and Jalen Mills, which should make them that much stronger when Darby does return from his ankle injury.

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The two interceptions dug a hole the Chargers could not get out of against a good Chiefs football team. "Ingram is very twitchy, has a good spin move and plays really hard like Bosa". Coming off a 299-carry season, at age 30, many wondered if a big dropoff was to follow.

Quarterback Carson Wentz is a big reason why the odds are starting to slant in the Eagles' favor. At home, with a chip on their shoulder, the Giants may be able to handle the Chargers easily. "Thirty, 29-[years-old], whatever the case may be, I know what I can do". I don't want that to be a distraction for our football team, and for any of us going out there.

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". This season they've dropped two games by three or fewer points.

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