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Chargers vs. Eagles: Bolts have benefit of NFL film on Chip Kelly

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As the San Diego Chargers prepare to face the Philadelphia Eagles in a difficult road test on Sunday, one thing seems lost among the throngs of fans and media singing the praises of Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense as it overwhelmed the Washington Redskins on Monday night — it was only one game. 

There’s more football left to play, and the Chargers will be the Eagles’ first true test in terms of consistency. 

San Diego now has to figure out how to stop a team that will make its first opponent, the Houston Texans, look like molasses from an offensive standpoint. But that doesn’t mean that they’ll be at a major disadvantage. The Chargers have 60 minutes worth of game film to draw from and a week of preparation to break it down. 

“I think they put up the stats through about 50 plays with two minutes left in the first half, linebacker Donald Butler said after Wednesday’s practice. “I thought the stats were crazy. That’s what you have a couple days to prepare for. We just have to be ready for Sunday.”

The stats were crazy — Philadelphia ran 77 offensive plays and gained 443 yards. They were balanced, too.Among the 26 first downs they had, 14 of them were via the run and 11 came on passing plays. One was due to a penalty. 

Despite the early success of Kelly’s system at the NFL level, it’s going to take a larger sample size before there can be any real conclusion as to how well it works. 

“I wasn’t sure, but again it won games,” added Butler. “You still have to see how it is going to progress over a whole 16-game system.”

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His work is also regularly featured on Yahoo! Sports and SB Nation. You can catch up with him on Twitter: @MikeJonesTweets.