As if the return of Andy Reid to Philadelphia was not enough of a storyline, the Philadelphia Eagles share first place in the NFC East and most recently dropped the ball on jumping out to 2-0 to begin the season. The Kansas City Chiefs provide an intriguing matchup for the Eagles on both sides of the ball, but especially on the defensive side where they will be the stiffest challenge they’ve seen to date.
Although the Chiefs have jumped out as one of the NFL’s best run stopping defenses, they haven’t faced the likes of a running back with the talents of LeSean McCoy yet. McCoy will bring a multi-faceted attack from the position which the Chiefs have not faced. In addition, if the Chiefs make the decision to commit to stopping McCoy and the Eagles’ ground attack, nothing they’ve matched up against to this point is comparable to DeSean Jackson. If again the Eagles can get out of the gate, keeping the tempo high and forcing the defense make quick decisions, it should be a fun night of football. It may come down to the offensive line’s performance and Michael Vick making the proper, quick decisions when under the pressure of the Chiefs’ front.
On the other side of the ball, the Eagles are looking to rebound after an abysmal performance in Week 2. Alex Smith will not present the same challenge as Philip Rivers did, but he is a more than capable passer. Reid and the Chiefs’ offense will look to take advantage of the lackluster Eagles’ secondary, using the upper hand of their receiver matchups, Donny Avery and Dwayne Bowe. It will be up to the Eagles’ defensive front to impose enough pressure on Smith to force him to make decisions and throws he doesn’t want. In addition to finding a way to make things difficult on Smith, the Eagles will deal with the ever present and dangerous Jamaal Charles.
It would seem that entering the game, both offenses have a bit of an edge. The game will most likely be determined, similarly to Week 2 for Philadelphia, on whether the less than mediocre defense can find ways to stop Kansas City and get off the field, giving Chip Kelly and the offense an opportunity to build a lead and never look back.