The 2-0 Kansas City Chiefs have a short week to prepare for Thursday night’s matchup with the 1-1 Philadelphia Eagles. Just three days between the 17-16 home victory over the Dallas Cowboys and Andy Reid leading his new team into the hostile confines of his old stadium, to battle his old team. They say Philly is the “City of Brotherly Love”. It won’t be
Much of the media’s focus has been on all the connections between the two teams. Kansas City’s offensive coordinator Doug Pederson is also returning to his old stomping grounds. Pederson was an Eagles’ quarterback in 1999 and coached there the last four years under Reid.
Chiefs Linebacker Akeem Jordan played in 82 games over the last six years adorned in an Eagles uniform. Safety Quintin Demps and wide receiver Chad Hall both played two years in Philadelphia.
Reid says his focus is on “Getting (my) team ready to play.” I hope that includes rewinding the Chiefs tape to 10-24-2004.
On that day, Eagles QB Michael Vick, then at the helm of the Atlanta Falcons offense, came to Arrowhead Stadium. Atlanta was 4-1, Kansas City, 1-4. The Falcons also boasted the best run-defense in the league. The Chiefs set an NFL record that day scoring eight rushing touchdowns.
As for the QB and his renowned run threat, it was nonexistent. He had six carries for 62 yards in the game, but 32 of those came on one run during the opening drive. He was sacked four times that day. His passing was even worse. He was seven for 21 (33%) with no touchdowns and two interceptions. The Chiefs won 56-10.
Vick was caged, tortured and terrorized as he led his team to slaughter. Kansas City let the dogs out! (I’ve always wanted to say that.) They need to do the same on Thursday night.