Kansas City Chiefs vs Philadelphia Eagles -(3.5)
For the first time in a long time the NFL network seems to have lucked out with an excellent matchup. The 2-0 Kansas City Chiefs head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in a rematch with a lot of familiar faces. Andy Reid’s return to Philadelphia along with Donovan McNabb’s halftime retirement presentation is going to create a very interesting evening as the newly installed Chip Kelly high-powered offense takes on a revamped Chiefs team led by Alex Smith and Andy “Big Red” Reid.
Two Week Recap
Clearly ex-coach Andy Reid and his knowledge of the Philadelphia Eagles tendencies may give him some kind of edge. He drafted many of the team’s players including DeSean Jackson (the NFL’s leading wide receiver). While many will read too much into the past relationship with Andy Reid and many of the Eagles players, it’s the new offensive scheme that should cause the most confusion for the Chiefs in week three. The advantage may not be so much that Reid knows the Eagles on a personal level, but the Eagles offensive players may have insider info on Reid’s playcalling for the Chiefs. DeSean Jackson knows Reid’s system better than anyone and may be able to offer some insight to a struggling Eagles defensive group that was torched by Philip Rivers’s only days ago.
I don’t want to take anything away from the Chiefs impressive 2-0 start this season. They have looked incredibly strong early on. Andy Reid is a very smart coach and the change of location seems to have not only been good, but has helped his new team out drastically.
That being said, the Kansas City Chiefs did play the Jacksonville Jaguars week one. It was a dominating victory as the Chiefs walked all over the Jaguars and earned Andy Reid his first victory of the season. While a win is a win, it was against arguably the worst team in the league. The Eagles in week 2 however, faced off against what I believe is a much underrated Chargers team. The Chargers almost stole a win from the Houston Texans in week one on Monday Night Football. The Chargers put up 28 points against one of last year’s best defenses and kept J.J. Watt at bay. This makes the Eagles loss not as utterly pathetic as many boo-bird fans are making it out to be.
Chip Kelly knows that to win this league you need to be able to lean on home turf. Losing their home opener did not sit well with the fan base, nor any of the Eagles’ personal. To lose two games at home within five days would be a nightmarish start for Chip. I am confident that he focused solely on defense this week and will rebound in a primetime environment. As much as I believe that the Chiefs are destined to have an excellent season, I don’t see them keeping up with the Eagles’ fast paced offense. The Eagles are scoring so quickly that there really isn’t a ton of game film to study. If the Eagles defensive unit can gain a little confidence early on, the offense can carry them the rest of the way.
Eagles Cover, Under 51
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