The Eagles are coming off a tough loss against the San Diego Chargers and the Chiefs are coming into Thursday’s game with a 2-0 record. The Chiefs were able to take down an NFC East opponent on Sunday’s game by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 17-16 which helped the Eagles out a lot. The Chiefs’ offense didn’t look stellar in that match-up which is a good thing if you are a member of the Eagles’ secondary. However, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith isn’t the same quarterback he once was earlier in his career. This is an accurate quarterback that can manage a game behind a strong running attack and a solid defense, two things that the Chiefs ironically have in their hands.
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is similar to Eagles running back LeSean McCoy in the sense that he can take it to the house on almost any play. Charles is excellent coming out of the backfield on screens and swing routes, and he also has the ability to make defenders miss. Since the Eagles are not a very good tackling team, be prepared for Charles to have a solid performance against the Eagles’ defense on the ground or through the air.
Another offensive weapon on the Chiefs’ side of the ball is wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Now in both games the Chiefs have played, Bowe hasn’t exactly had a phenomenal performance. He has eight catches for 86 and a touchdown so far this season, but this is a big receiver that can torture this Eagles’ secondary if he chooses to. For example, Malcom Floyd terrorized the Eagles’ defense Sunday, and he was considered an average wide receiver coming into the game. So if the Eagles aren’t careful, I could easily see Bowe having a solid performance against their struggling secondary. So in my opinion the Eagles may have another tough assignment this week against the Chiefs’ offense. Can the Eagles’ defense slow them down? Of course they can, but they need to put pressure on Smith and slow down Charles to have a shot.
Now let’s see what the Eagles’ offense is going up against.
The Eagles’ offense will be facing a talented defense that had multiple Pro-Bowlers on a 2-14 team last season, which is not good. However, the good news is the Eagles have McCoy to utilize. The Eagles need to get McCoy in space, simple as that. They need to beat Reid at his own game, and that’s experimenting with screens and draws. Then when the defense creeps up to slow down McCoy, utilize the deep passing game with DeSean Jackson. McCoy and Jackson will be the difference makers in this ball game and need to bring everything they have to get this team to 2-1. The Chiefs have solid pass-rushers, a great secondary, and some good run-stuffers. So as you can see, this game will not be a walk in the park for the Birds.
The Eagles face a tough team this week, but they definitely have enough talent to squeeze out a win and get above .500. If the Eagles do not win this game Thursday night, then they will have to face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium with a 1-2 record and could easily slip to 1-3.
Sonny Bryan is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SonnyBryan50