Eagles-Chiefs Pregame ThoughtsBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Mike McCoy and Phillip Rivers really exposed the Eagles’ defense for the potentially historically bad unit that it is, picking them apart for 33 points on over 500 yards, 33 first downs, and converting 10 of 15 third down opportunities.
If the Chargers, with their average offensive talent, could do that much damage to this defense, then the potential is certainly there for Alex Smith and the Chiefs to do the same.
Kansas City has much more explosive weapons in their offensive arsenal, with the likes of Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe being the focal points of their offense. The Chiefs are going to have the opportunity to put up plenty of points on the weak Eagles defense.
However, what really holds the key for Kansas City’s success this week is their defense.
The Kansas City defense is the best unit that the Eagles’ offense has faced so far, and they may have a chance to at least slow the Eagles down a bit. Bob Sutton’s group didn’t allow the Jacksonville Jaguars offense to score a single point in Week 1, and they held a talented Dallas Cowboy team to only 13 points last week.
The Chiefs have held opponents to just 8/30 on third downs through two weeks. They’ve picked up nine sacks, four turnovers, and one defensive touchdown. It’s still early in the season, but so far this defense looks like it has a chance to be good. The Eagles’ offense has been extremely efficient through the first two games of the season, but we’ve seen this team come up with some brutal, clumsy turnovers in the past, and if the Chiefs can throw them off of their game by forcing them into a couple mistakes it could dramatically change the outcome of the game.
Why The Eagles Will Win
Although the Chiefs may have the defensive talent to give the Eagles some problems, the Philadelphia offense has been undeniably explosive through the first two weeks, and I believe its going to be difficult for Reid and Sutton to come up with an effective gameplan to slow this offense down on such a short week.
Add in the fact that the offense has been clicking on all cylinders through two weeks, and its that much harder to imagine the Chiefs slowing them down. Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson both have looked completely rejuvenated so far, and neither player has looked this good since 2010. Vick and Jackson have hooked up 16 times for 297 yards and two touchdowns in the first two games. Vick set a career-high for passing yards last week with 426. With the exception of the flukey backwards pass play against Washington, Vick has done a very good job at protecting the football.
As bad as the Eagles’ defense was against the Chargers, there’s nowhere to go but up, and I believe they’ve got to at least be a little more successful this week. Alex Smith has struggled to throw for over 200 yards in each of his first two games with the Chiefs despite Reid asking him to drop back more than 35 times in each of the first two games.
I think the Chiefs would have a much better chance to win this game if they weren’t operating on a short week.
Having only a couple of days to put in a gameplan to slow down an offense that is very new to the NFL, and then to have to travel across the country really makes things difficult for Kansas City. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chiefs were able to have more success against this offense than the Redskins and Chargers did. Remember, this is a defense with four Pro Bowl players. The Eagles’ offense has been great, but it’d be very interesting to see how they respond to some adversity, a bad turnover or two could throw them out of their element.
As terrible as the Eagles’ defense is, I think that Alex Smith is going to have a difficult time repeating what Phillip Rivers did because of his limited arm strength.
I think this game means much more to the Eagles than it does to the Chiefs. Not because of the drama surrounding Andy Reid’s return, but because if the Eagles don’t win this game its going to really put them behind the eight-ball in the standings. They’ve already let one very winnable game slip away, and if they lose tonight they’ll be 1-2 facing the very real chance of going 1-3 with a date with Peyton Manning and the Broncos looming in Week 4.
I think the Chiefs keep the game close, but the Eagles escape with a win to go to 2-1.
Pick: Eagles 27, Chiefs 23
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