The San Diego Chargers had just about every element working against them entering Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
San Diego was coming off a disappointing loss against the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football. The Chargers had to fly east and play at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Oh, and San Diego’s defense faced the challenge of having to stop Philadelphia’s high-powered offense.
There was only one problem.
Somebody forgot to tell San Diego all of those factors were supposed to matter.
Instead, San Diego rebounded for a 33-30 victory against Philadelphia for coach Mike McCoy’s first victory with the Chargers. San Diego kicker Nick Novak made a 46-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to seal his team’s victory.
San Diego receiver Eddie Royal finally made Chargers fans forget about former receiver Vincent Jackson. Okay, Royal made them not miss him quite as much.
Royal had seven receptions for 90 yards and three touchdown receptions during the victory. He had only two touchdown receptions between 2011 and 2012, but has five touchdown receptions in two games this season. If you played against him in fantasy football, hopefully Aaron Rodgers was your starting quarterback.
Sure, we are only two games into the season, but considering how well San Diego’s offense has played so far, these Chargers seem better than the 2012 version.
And better than the team we saw this past Monday.