On Thursday night, football fans will be treated with one of the most exciting games of the week when the Kansas City Chiefs hit the road to face the Philadelphia Eagles. Both teams seem much improved from their terrible 2012 seasons, especially the Chiefs, who have already matched their win total from last season.
The most intriguing matchup of the game will be when Philly is on offense and KC is on defense. Both crews have been getting a lot of attention for their much improved performances in 2013. Chip Kelly and his ultra up-tempo offense will have their toughest test of the young season with the aggressive Chiefs’ D. Something has to give when Michael Vick and company, who have averaged 477 yards per game, take on a defense that has surrendered just 248 yards per game.
Kansas City has a few advantages in this matchup. First, Andy Reid knows the Eagles’ personnel and their weaknesses. Second, catching people off guard with their new style of offense will be more difficult now with two game tapes to study. And finally, a short week could catch up to the Eagles, who will be going full-speed ahead twice in five days.
One big plus for Philly is that they will be at home. They won’t have to worry about an opposing crowd disrupting their no-huddle offense, and not having to travel during a short week also doesn’t hurt. The Eagles are going to put points on the board, but the big question for Thursday’s game will be whether or not they can make a big enough cushion for the Philly D.
Last week, the defense spent over 40 minutes on the field and surrendered 539 total yards in a 33-30 loss to the San Diego Chargers. The fast-paced Eagles’ offense may be taxing on opposing defenses, but it may prove to be too much for their own D as well.