The Philadelphia Eagles‘ offense looked terrible against the Kansas City Chiefs‘ defense on Thursday night. The Chiefs won the game 26-16 and it appears that teams can build a game plan to stop the Eagles offense.
The problem for teams heading into Thursday night’s game was how to be able to stop quarterback Michael Vick, running back LeSean McCoy and the rest of the explosive offense. Thursday night’s game gave an indication of what teams can do to game plan for the Eagles offense.
Vick has been prone throughout his career to make bad decisions if the defense brings enough pressure. The Chiefs defensive front-seven were able to get past the Eagles’ offensive line many times to force him to make quick decisions.
This led to Vick getting sacked five times, throwing two interceptions, and the offense losing two fumbles. Pressuring him has been the game plan teams have been implementing for years, but another aspect of it has to do with the wide receivers.
This year, the Eagles are without Jeremy Maclin, who suffered a torn ACL in the preseason. They miss him a lot because it leaves Vick with one reliable receiving option, DeSean Jackson.
The Chiefs defense realized that Vick loves throwing the ball to Jackson after he had 16 catches for 297 yards and two touchdowns the first two weeks of the season. The Chiefs decided to have cornerback Brandon Flowers guard Jackson, so he would have trouble getting open.
It worked to perfection, as Jackson was only able to catch three passes for 62 yards. The Chiefs defense made Vick try to beat them by using another receiving option and it worked to perfection.
Vick completed only 13 of 30 passes for 201 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Wide receiver Jason Avant did a good amount of damage against the Chiefs defense by having five catches for 87 yards and a touchdown, but he was not able to do the type of damage that Jackson did to defenses the first two weeks.
The other main component is trying to make the Eagles offense try to play catchup.
Running back Lesean McCoy is a very good running back and is tough to tackle in open space. The problem for McCoy is that the Eagles defense is so bad that they often have to be able to keep pace with the opposing offense.
This leads to Vick throwing more times than head coach Chip Kelly wants him to, so he can make the score closer.
Kelly’s no-huddle, fast paced offense will work well against teams with struggling offenses. However, against strategic or very good offenses it will not work because they can methodically keep the Eagles offense on the sideline during scoring drives.
The Denver Broncos will definitely be taking notes from Thursday night’s game and they will use many techniques the Chiefs defense exceeded at to stop Vick on Sept. 29.