Eagles coach Chip Kelly talks with running back LeSean McCoy during their season-opening win over the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., on Monday. Kelly will make his regular-season Lincoln Financial Field debut today against the Chargers.

Records: Chargers 0-1; Eagles 1-0

Line: Eagles by 7½ points. Over/under: 54½

TV announcers: Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf (CBS)

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David Weinberg's pick: Eagles 35, Chargers 28 (season record: 1-0)

Last time met: The Chargers beat the Eagles 31-23 in San Diego on Nov. 15, 2009. Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers threw two touchdown passes and running back LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for two TDs in helping build a 28-9 lead. Donovan McNabb threw for 450 yards and two TDs for Philadelphia. Wide receiver Jason Avant had eight catches for 156 yards.

Eagles' best-case scenario: The Eagles win their home opener with another terrific performance under coach Chip Kelly. Michael Vick throws three touchdown passes. Running backs LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown each rush for more than 100 yards. The Eagles' defense collects three sacks and three turnovers. Rivers throws two interceptions.

Eagles' worst-case scenario: Their home woes from last season continue. The Chargers' defense stymies the high-octane Eagles' offense. Vick has no time to throw and no room to run. McCoy and Brown are both contained. The Eagles' defense stumbles and allows Rivers to pick apart the secondary for four TD passes.

Keep an eye on: Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney (No. 93). The former Indianapolis Colts standout had a half-sack on Monday in a 31-28 loss to Houston and has 108 during his 12-year NFL career.

Notable numbers: Chargers lead series 6-4, but the Eagles have won three of four meetings in Philadelphia. ... Chargers are making their first visit to Philly since 2005. ... McCoy's 184 rushing yards against the Redskins were 1 yard short of his career high. ... Eagles ran 53 of their 77 total plays during the first half against Washington. ... Rivers tied his career high with four TD passes against the Texans. ... Rivers' 113 consecutive starts is the second-longest streak among active NFL quartebacks behind Eli Manning's 128.

Assessing the offenses

Eagles: Kelly's high-energy offense was very effective in the opening game. Vick played very well, aside from a mistake on the first series. Tight end Brent Celek and wide receiver DeSean Jackson were his top receivers. McCoy's 31 carries were a career high. Look for Bryce Brown to get more action. The offensive line had some second-half breakdowns but still had a solid game.

Chargers: Like the Eagles, they also got off to a great start. Rivers had his four TD passes but completed less than 50 percent of his passes (14 for 29). Tight end Antonio Gates is still dangerous, as is running back Ryan Matthews. Ex-Eagle Ronnie Brown is Matthews' backup and is coming off a solid game. Ex-Eagle King Dunlap is their starting left tackle.


Assessing the defenses

Eagles: Their new 3-4 scheme produced positive early results against the Redskins before giving up three TDs in the second half. They forced three turnovers and had three sacks. Linebackers Mychal Kendricks and Trent Cole and cornerback Cary Williams were among the standouts. Kendricks led the team with 10 tackles. Cole forced a fumble and recorded a safety. Williams became the third Eagles cornerback since 1960 with a sack and an interception in the same game.

Chargers: They stymied Houston before falling apart late. Linebackers Bront Bird and Donald Butler combined for 27 tackles. Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson had a sack. Freeney leads a strong pass rush. Rookie linebacker Manti Te'o has been sidelined since Aug. 8 with a foot injury.


Assessing the coaches

Eagles: Chip Kelly couldn't have asked for a better debut.

Chargers: New coach Mike McCoy got off to a rough start.



Eagles: Kelly's home debut should be electric.

Chargers: Their internal clocks will be set at 10 a.m.


Other views

Michael Gehlken, San Diego Union-Tribune:

"A depth shortage has the Chargers relying on their starting defensive line more than usual. While that alone could prove problematic, compounding the matter is the matchup that awaits (today against the Eagles)."

Key matchup

Cole (No. 58) vs. Dunlap (No. 77). Dunlap started 19 games during his four seasons for the Eagles. Those starts included 12 last season in place of injured Jason Peters. But he was never viewed as much more than a backup. Cole, who is playing linebacker for the first time this season after eight seasons at defensive end, could have a career day today.

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