5 lessons we learned in Week 2 of the NFL

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 17 2013 12:52 p.m. MDT

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In the Philadelphia Eagles' home opener, they faced off against the San Diego Chargers. The Eagles came out of the gate fast as usual, and throughout the game, Philadelphia's offense looked very crisp. Quarterback Michael Vick threw for a career-high 428 yards and finished with three touchdowns — one of which he ran in.

The Eagles also won the turnover battle, not turning the ball over once the entire game, whereas the Chargers turned the ball over twice. Under normal circumstances, Philadelphia would have had the recipe to victory — only these weren't normal circumstances.

The Eagles defense couldn't seem to get anything right. Their pass rush was almost nonexistent as they allowed Chargers' quarterback Phillip Rivers to stay comfortable in the pocket and throw for 419 yards and three touchdowns. Behind Rivers arm, the Chargers topped the Eagles 33-30.

With tougher challenges than San Diego remaining on Philadelphia's schedule, the defense will have to make drastic changes in order for the Eagles to make the playoffs.
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