Game Recap: Eagles vs. Chiefs 2017 NFL regular season week 2 takeaways

Eagles vs. Chiefs
Sep 17, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) leaves the field after the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately in the NFL, not every game can be a win. The Eagles did great in the first three quarters but didn’t have enough juice in the tank to take this one. They ultimately ended up losing 27-20 to a great Kansas City team coached by Andy Reid. The ending was quite thrilling as the Eagles got an onside kick for one more heave, but ultimately failed. This game was known to many as being a lost when the schedule came out and that’s what it ended up being. As this was a loss there were many positives and this team did show the potential to be a playoff team.

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The Eagles passing game showed huge potential as Carson Wentz had great chemistry with Alshon Jeffrey and Zach Ertz. Carson Wentz went 25-for-46 for two touchdowns and an interception. The interception was a tip drill pick off the helmet of Justin Houston and caught by defensive MVP of the game, Chris Jones. Jones had three sacks and that pick. Wentz connected with Ertz and Jeffrey, five and seven times, respectively. Ertz took those five receptions for 97 yards and Jeffrey went for 92 yards. Jeffrey also added on his first Eagles touchdown. Newly acquired Torrey Smith also had an okay game as he went four receptions for 66 yards. The problem with Smith is that his game should’ve been better, he had two very catchable balls that he couldn’t hold on to. One was for a touchdown and the other was going to be a long reception. Wentz made both of those plays possible but Smith couldn’t hold his part. The line for the most part was good until they got down late in the fourth. The running game actually looked somewhat effective today but it wasn’t from who everyone expected it from. Doug Pederson opted to use his 34-year old running back, Darren Sproles. Sproles was thought to be just a third down back this year but just like last year, he ended up getting more carries than he even thought he would. The 13-year veteran ended up carrying the ball 10 times for 48 yards. The only other back to get touches on the ground was Wendell Smallwood who took his three carries for a disappointing four yards. This is pretty alarming that the Eagles have to use Sproles as their lead back. Legarrette Blount seems like he is really going to be a non factor and a free agent bust. Wendell Smallwood hasn’t followed up his great preseason as he has mightily struggled to get anything going. This team is going to get carried by Wentz but this running game has to find its meaning. Phily also showed the ability to convert on third down which is inspiring. This offense is on to face a great New York Giants defense next week. Outside linebacker Isaac Seumalo performed poorly against the Chiefs allowing three sacks and several pressures.

Jim Schwartz had the Chiefs looking lost for the first half of the game. Alex Smith was getting completely bombarded with pressure by the Eagles great defensive line. The Eagles had constant pressure in the first half and sacked Smith three times. Then came the second half. It looked to be a nice start as the Eagles forced the Chiefs to punt and recorded yet another fumble. Rookie, Kareem Hunt then went off for a 50-yard touchdown and the Chiefs next possession. That run really changed the dynamics of the game as the Chiefs offense then had their way with the Eagles defense. After an interception from Wentz, Vinny Curry then missed a crucial tackle on Alex Smith that would’ve forced the Chiefs to kick a field goal. Alex Smith ended up breaking that tackle though and extended the drive which ended in Travis Kelce hopping over every person in his way for a touchdown. The Chiefs then score again on their next drive as Hunt just ran in through the Eagles after Smith set him up with a great throw to Chris Conley. This defense just faltered in the end and couldn’t cover the Chiefs abundance of weapons. Travis Kelce had eight receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. The Chiefs emerging running back, Kareem Hunt carried the ball 13 times for 81 yards with two touchdowns and also had 28 yards receiving. The Eagles did though stop the electrifying, Tyreek Hill. He was held for 43 yards on six catches. Quarterback Alex Smith had 251 yards for a touchdown and a QBR of 113.8.  Overall this team does look like they have the defense to make a run at the playoffs. This pass rush might honestly be the best in the league as they gathered up four sacks. There were no turnovers for this defense but it sure is good. Look for them to rebound next week against the struggling New York Giants offense.

If there was one thing that was disappointing for the Eagles it was the special teams play. This unit proved to be the difference in this game as the few key miscues really gave this game to the Chiefs. With just over a minute left in the first half, the great Darren Sproles was a mental mistake as he decided to take a punt instead of taking a fair catch to hand it over to the offense. Sproles ended up fumbling on a great tackle by Anthony Sherman and this gave the Chiefs great field position. The Chiefs then capitalized and got a field goal with little remaining in the first half. Eagles pulled a magic trick as Ertz somehow caught a ball that went off Terrance Mitchell’s hand for 53 yards. This gave Eagles and newly acquired kicker, Jake Elliott great field position. It turned out to not be good enough as Elliott missed the 30-yard chip which proved to be vital to the loss.

The Eagles will look to rebound next week against division rival, the New York Giants. The Giants offense looks immensely troubling right now and the Eagles will look to take advantage of them. It is also the Eagles home opener so they will be looking to give this crowd a nice homewarming gift. On the Giants. #FlyEaglesFly

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