"In this game you always have to be on alert. As a quarterback, guys are gunning for you and they want to hit you," Vick said. "You have to just keep your head on a swivel and understand that you can be hit at any moment, not take anything lightly, and give it 110 percent effort each and every down. Things are going to happen, but just leave it in the hands of the referees."
In one career start against the Chargers, Vick completed 12-of-21 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. Vick, who added nine carries for 35 yards in a 21-20 victory over San Diego in 2004, has won seven of his past nine starts against the AFC.
Another aspect to take into consideration after Monday's win was that the players were not used to playing all four quarters following a limited preseason. The Eagles' offensive line, which is an area of concern conditioning wise, showed no signs of slowing down as evidenced by McCoy's performance. His shiftiness and elusiveness had a lot to do with his final numbers, too.
The Chargers will try not to make the same mistakes the Redskins did, but then again all Washington had to work with was Philadelphia's film from the preseason and perhaps some footage of Kelly's days with Oregon. At least now the Chargers have somewhat of an idea what's coming and that's why the game will be closer than most think. Plus, Pagano's defense doesn't want to climb out of a hole from the jump.
San Diego and Philadelphia did break down in their respective second half on Monday night, while the Eagles had good reason with a sizable advantage. The Eagles created a buzz leading up to Sunday's home opener after what they did to the Redskins and Kelly feels there's still room for improvement.
"I felt like it was slow to be honest with you," Kelly said. "I'm not joking. We have to do a better job. We left the ball on the ground too much. We didn't get the ball to the officials. We could have sped things up from a process in between plays, and that's something we need to continue to work on."
Get those oxygen tanks ready, San Diego.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Eagles 27, Chargers 20