The Kansas City Chiefs have been stingy when it comes to allowing points this season. In wins over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys, the Chiefs have allowed a combined 18 points. That means it will be imperative that the Philadelphia Eagles make every opportunity count in the red zone against Kansas City on Thursday night.
Points have not been an issue for Philadelphia in their first two games as they have scored a whopping 63 of them. With that being said, it will all come down to efficiency. Considering the Eagles have proven unable to stop opponents from reaching the end zone, it is clear field goals will not cut it against the Chiefs.
“Every game we’re going to play is going to be close,” head coach Chip Kelly said, according to PhiladelphiaEagles.com. “I saw a stat this morning that said there have been 31 games played, 22 of them have been decided by a touchdown or less. So that just makes us understand how important it is to execute every single snap. If you get an opportunity to get out there on the field, you have to execute to the utmost because that play right there could be the difference between winning and losing the football game. That’s the message I had for our guys today. We’re going to jump back into it right here because we have a game on Thursday.”
The assumption is that Philadelphia will be able to sling it all over the field against Kansas City. However, the Chiefs have been fantastic defensively through the first two weeks. Not to mention, head coach Andy Reid is sure to have a few tricks up his sleeve for his former team.
With that being said, if the dam breaks and Kansas City is unable to stop Michael Vick and the high-flying offense, I do not see how the Chiefs will keep up. Alex Smith is an efficient quarterback, but I am not sure he possesses the necessary fire power to go blow-for-blow with an explosive offense.
One thing is for certain, the highly anticipated matchup for Thursday night should not disappoint.