TV Schedule: Thursday, Sept. 19, 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
Weather: Low 60, High 76
Line: Philadelphia (-3)
Entering the 2013 season, no one knew what to think of the Philadelphia Eagles and new head coach Chip Kelly. Through two weeks, everyone is starting figure out just how dangerous of an offense the 1-1 Eagles have. Veteran quarterback Michael Vick has had somewhat of a resurgence this season, passing for 631 yards and four touchdowns to go along with no interceptions. After a poor year last season, no one guessed that Vick would be back and better than in recent years. Running back LeSean McCoy leads the league in rushing yards with 237, but his workload has been heavy. DeSean Jackson is also benefiting from the Kelly offense, leading the league in receiving yards with 297.
Andy Reid was the head coach of the Eagles from 1999-2012, but failure to win a Super Bowl doomed him. He is now the man in charge of the Kansas City Chiefs and gets to face off against his former team. The Chiefs were a poor team in 2012, but adding veteran quarterback Alex Smith to an improved roster has helped out majorly so far this season. He is about as consistent and reliable as they come, passing for 396 yards and four touchdowns through two games. Jamaal Charles will need to step up his run game against the Eagles because Smith can’t carry the offense. The unbeaten Chiefs will rely heavily on Charles’ run game to take down the Eagles and improve to 3-0.
Defensively, the Chiefs are one of the best squads in the league. They have allowed just 18 points through the first two games — lowest total in the league — and allowing just 245 yards per game. Facing a tough Eagles offense will be different than their first two games and could pose some potential problems. On the other hand, the Eagles have one of the lower-tier defenses in the NFL. They allow an average of 30 points per game so far this season, but Philadelphia’s opponents have been better offensively than the Cheifs’.
PREDICTION: Chiefs 21, Eagles 27