Eagles 26, Chargers 24: Up-Down Drill

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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

LeGarrette Blount

UP: Since getting zero carries in the Chiefs game, Blount has run with purpose. The Eagles running back rarely goes down after first contact and had multiple rushes over 5-plus yards against the Chargers. His 68-yard refusal to go down was breathtaking.

Doug Pederson

UP: The Eagles won last week, but Pederson’s decision to gamble on fourth down and eight against the Giants turned into a week-long debate in Philly. Whether he should have or shouldn’t have, the coach called one of his best games against the Chargers.

Jason Peters

UP: His near-dominance can sometimes be taken for granted, but the probable future Hall of Fame tackle helped neutralize dangerous defensive ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. And how about Peters taking two defenders out on Wendell Smallwood’s fourth quarter touchdown run?

Eagles fans

UP: Los Angeles-area football fans haven’t exactly embraced the Chargers, and a large contingent of Eagles followers were expected to make the pilgrimage to southern California, but the crowd at StubHub Center had a decidedly Philly slant. And it made a difference.

Carson Wentz

UP: The Eagles quarterback didn’t turn the ball over for the second straight week. He continues to hold the ball a touch too long, but Wentz had another strong outing in another Eagles victory.

Jake Elliott

UP: The Eagles didn’t need their new kicker to pull off the incredible again, but Elliott overall was just as good as he was in last week’s thriller. He booted field goals from 45, 40, 53, and 47 yards and each of his kickoffs were touchbacks.

Rasul Douglas

DOWN: The rookie cornerback, who had played solidly in his first two NFL games, took his lumps against Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Rodney McLeod bit the cheese and Douglas had no over-the-top help on Trevor Williams’ 75-yard touchdown catch. But he still got beat down the field and had several other cringe-worthy moments.

Zach Ertz

UP: The tight end has been Wentz’s go-to guy through four games. When Ertz beat linebacker Jatavis Brown down the field for a 38-yard catch it took the Eagles deep out of their own territory.

Stefen Wisniewski

UP: He started ahead of Chance Warmack, but the Eagles continued to rotate the two at left guard. The drop off when Warmack played wasn’t significant, but the offense appeared to perform better with Wisniewski, who helped pave the way on Smallwood’s touchdown plunge.

Nigel Bradham

DOWN: The linebacker hasn’t been as consistent as he was last season. Bradham’s shaky play continued Sunday when he missed multiple open-field tackles. Should that open the door for more Mychal Kendricks?

Beau Allen

UP: Fletcher Cox who? OK, that may be exaggerating the impact Allen had starting in place of the injured defensive tackle. But he filled in admirably and recorded his first career solo sack.

Torrey Smith

DOWN: Wentz made the correct read and went to a vertical Smith vs. a Chargers zone. But the receiver couldn’t pull in the second quarter pass that hit him in the hands. Smith already has five drops on the season.

Chris Long

UP: The defensive end provided an early spark when he sacked Philip Rivers from behind and karate-chopped the ball loose for a fumble. The Eagles offense scored seven points off the turnover and never looked back.