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Eagles 26, Chargers 24: Five quick observations | Bob Ford

Bob Ford, STAFF COLUMNIST

Updated: Sunday, October 1, 2017, 7:16 PM

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz runs with the football past Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Chris McCain during the first-quarter.

1. Jake Elliott isn’t a batting practice player. The kicker’s warm-up wasn’t very encouraging Sunday morning in the StubHub Center. He missed the entire screen on a few tries as he hooked the ball left. Once the game started, however, Elliott was as cool as a card player with a pat hand.

Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount runs for a 61-yard gain past Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa in the fourth-quarter on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA.
Eagles defensive tackle Beau Allen celebrates a second-quarter sack with teammate defensive end Derek Barnett against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA.
Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery scores a first-quarter touchdown past Los Angeles Chargers inside linebacker Korey Toomer (left), cornerback Trevor Williams (center) and free safety Tre Boston on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA.
Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson celebrates with his coaches after the Eagles got a late fourth-quarter first down against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA.
Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount runs with at the football as tight end Zach Ertz blocks Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa during the second-quarter Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz tries to run for a first-down against Los Angeles Chargers inside linebacker Jatavis Brown during the second-quarter on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Eagles Jake Elliott kicks a second-quarter field goal with holder Donnie Jones against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor catches the football past Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Desmond King during the first-quarter on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Happy Eagles fan cheer after their team scored a touchdown in the fourth-quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood celebrates his fourth-quarter touchdown with teammate offensive lineman Steven Wisniewski, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and offensive tackle Lane Johnson against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount reaches just short of a late fourth-quarter first down against the Los Angeles Chargers free safety Tre Boston (left) and cornerback Casey Hayward on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery tries to catch the football against Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward during the second-quarter on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Eagles running back Corey Clement runs with the football during the first-quarter as teammate center Jason Kelce (left) blocks Los Angeles Chargers inside linebacker Jatavis Brown and offensive tackle Jason Peters blocks Chargers defensive end Chris McCain (right) on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount hits Los Angeles Chargers free safety Tre Boston during the first-quarter on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams, above, leaps over Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Mychal Kendricks, right, during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Carson, Calif.
Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount reaches just short of a late fourth-quarter first down against the Los Angeles Chargers free safety Tre Boston (left) and cornerback Casey Hayward on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas defends Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen in end zone during the second-quarter on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount and defensive end Vinny Curry celebrate their 26-24 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood runs with the football against Los Angeles Chargers free safety Tre Boston during the first-quarter on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers reacts as he comes off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Carson, Calif. MARK J. TERRILL / AP
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz runs with the football past Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Chris McCain during the first-quarter on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Philadelphia Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood, above center, is stopped by Los Angeles Chargers middle linebacker Nigel Harris during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Carson, Calif. JAE C. HONG / AP
Happy Eagles fan cheer after their team scored a touchdown in the first-quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz catches the football over Los Angeles Chargers inside linebacker Jatavis Brown during the third-quarter on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Eagles defensive end Chris Long forces a first-quarter fumble against Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Carson, CA. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) and free safety Rodney McLeod (23) react during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Carson, Calif. MARK J. TERRILL / AP
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2. Carson Wentz doesn’t just avoid hits. He can take them. Wentz accepted a couple of shots in delivering passes on Sunday, and it was the defender who usually took longer to get up after smacking against him.

3. The Eagles truly liked the left guard platoon between Chance Warmack and Stefen Wisniewski and stuck with it against the Chargers. It wasn’t just a matter of seeing which guy won the job. Apparently, when both are fresh, the running game is better and, amazingly, the cohesion remains good on the offensive line.

4. The losses in the defensive backfield finally showed up as rookie Rasul Douglas had a rookie day while Los Angeles quarterback Philip Rivers picked on him. It would have been more surprising if losing Ronald Darby, Corey Graham and Jaylen Watkins from the backfield hadn’t eventually caught up with the defense.

5. After a guy runs 68 yards, give him a play off. The Eagles didn’t in the case of LeGarrette Blount and what could have been a gimme score turned into an excruciating three-yard march in the fourth quarter.​

Bob Ford, STAFF COLUMNIST

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