Eagles: Three players to watch vs. Chargers
1 October 2017 Eagles News
The Eagles travel to Los Angelas to take on the Chargers. The Chargers stadium holds just 25,000, a venue they may work in the Eagles favor. Coming off of a win versus the New York Giants, the Eagles are in good spirits and will look to win their second game on the road this year.
Here are my three players to watch tomorrow versus the Chargers, these players will have a major role and for the Eagles to win, they need these three to perform.
1. Wendell Smallwood
Tomorrow can be the beginning of a long career as a Philadelphia Eagle for Smallwood. With Darren Sproles out injured, Smallwood is the running back every is expecting to get the majority of the snaps at the position.
With that being said, the Chargers have the 30th ranked run defense. Smallwood has the opportunity to feast on the ground today. If things go to plan and Smallwood is the feature back, watch out. Every time Smallwood has rushed more than 10 times, he has rushed for over 70 yards.
2. Beau Allen
Filling in for the injured Fletcher Cox is going to be Beau Allen. Allen is a good player and has played with the first team defense before, most notably when former Eagles defensive lineman Bennie Logan was hurt last year. However, Cox is a better player than Logan, so the void left by Cox will be a lot harder to fill by Allen.
Allen needs to have a good game for the Eagles, especially against the run. The Eagles have had a lot of success getting interior pressure this season and now without Cox, the Eagles might struggle. Allen needs to make today seem as if Cox was playing and if he does, the Eagles should have no problem at the defensive tackle position.
3. Zach Ertz
So far this season, it has been the year of Zack Ertz. He has amassed 245 yards in three games, which leads all tight ends and is 10th in the whole league. He has been Carson Wentz’s go to target and has had a lot of success.
The Chargers have had a lot of success defending tight ends this season, holding Travis Kelce to one reception for one yard last week. Let’s see if Ertz can find a way to have the same success versus the Chargers. He’s been great all year, let’s see how he does again this week.