We have entered the dog days of summer, where most of us wait for football to return. Here, we will continue to look at the Chiefs schedule and dissect each game. After a tough loss in week one, the Chiefs look to bounce back against the Eagles. Will they rebound in week two? Let’s take a look.
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Most Recent Meeting
September 19th, 2013: Chiefs 26, Eagles 16
The most recent meeting between the Chiefs and Eagles occurred in the first year of Andy Reid’s tenure. On Thursday Night Football, the Chiefs pulled through in a defensive battle. They forced Eagles quarterback Michael Vick into two interceptions, and won on offense with the ground and pound. The one thing they struggled with in that game was containing LeSean McCoy. McCoy rushed for 158 yards on 20 carries. Luckily for the Chiefs, they don’t have to worry about McCoy this time. But, they will most likely need to win a defensive battle again.
Eagles On The Move
The Eagles have made some changes since their last meeting. They still boast a very good defense, but the offense has drastically changed. Carson Wentz now leads the offense as the quarterback of the future. They have also added new weapons to the offense. Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith have joined the receiving core. LeGarrette Blount is the new early down back. With Wentz having more weapons in his arsenal, the Eagles look primed to take a step forward on offense.
Defensively, the Eagles continue to reload. They added Derek Barnett and Sidney Jones early in the draft. Both players can be pieces for them down the road. The Eagles defense brings plenty of force to the table. They can cause fits for the Chiefs offense.
Why The Chiefs Can Win
The Chiefs have one big advantage over the Eagles: experience. Alex Smith and Andy Reid continue to outsmart teams on offense. The trenches figure to be the key in this game. The offensive line needs to keep the pressure off of Smith. Barnett and Brandon Graham will be a dangerous duo off the edge. Expect the Chiefs to use a combination of quick passing and creative runs to neutralize the pass rush. Travis Kelce should be a matchup nightmare for the linebacking core. Kansas City should find plenty of ways to move the ball. Also, don’t forget about home field advantage.
Why The Chiefs Could Falter
There’s always intrigue when a coach goes up against a former coordinator. Doug Pederson knows how Andy Reid runs the offense, and that gives defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz a chance to plan for the offense. If the Eagles catch the Chiefs off guard, Schwartz can unleash the full tilt of his scheme, which could stall the Kansas City offense. Also, you can’t sleep on what the Eagles can do offensively. Kansas City has struggled with defending the run, and the addition of Blount could prove tough for the Chiefs defensive line. The running game opens up play action, where Wentz can thrive. If the game is indeed a defensive battle, a couple deep shots from Wentz to Jeffery could decide the outcome.
The experience component, combined with a better roster, give the Chiefs the advantage here. Expect Andy Reid to come out with everything he has on offense to prove that he is the better coach. The pass rush combo of Justin Houston, Dee Ford, and Tamba Hali could give Carson Wentz fits on passing downs, and the Chris Jones/Bennie Logan duo could improve the Chiefs run defense. Returning home after a trip to Foxborough, Kansas City won’t drop to 0-2 here.
Chiefs 23, Eagles 14
Current Projected Record: 1-1
— Jake Schyvinck is a Managing Editor for cover32 and covers the Kansas City Chiefs. He can be followed on Twitter here.