5 Observations From Philadelphia Eagles vs. Kansas City Chiefs Game
5 Observations From Philadelphia Eagles vs Kansas City Chiefs Game
The Philadelphia Eagles have struggled the past two weeks in very different phases of the game. Last week, the defense was torched by Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. This week, the Kansas City Chiefs excellent defensive front brought the up tempo Eagles offense to a screeching halt.
It is head coach Chip Kelly's job to stop this from snowballing and getting out of control. The Eagles have three straight road games coming up starting with next Sunday's affair against the Super Bowl Contending Denver Broncos in Mile High Stadium. It certainly looks like a daunting task. We will see what Kelly is made of facing adversity.
He quite frankly hasn't dealt with much hardship in his head coaching career. His Oregon teams were always excellent losing 1-2 games a year tops. He’s already experienced that much loss in three weeks.
I believe Kelly is the type of coach that faces adversity head on. He knows the Eagles have beaten themselves for two weeks now with mistakes that include turnovers, special teams blunders and mental and physical mistakes on defense.
It is the coaching staff's job with the long layoff between now and the Broncos to get the mental mistakes on both sides of the ball cleaned up. Billy Davis has to eliminate the mental errors by the defensive unit on third down. The Chiefs once again gashed them, this time on third and long. The tackling also has to be practiced and preached. On offense turnovers have to be eliminated period. You can't turn it over against any team in this league let alone good ones like the Chiefs or Broncos. That spells disaster.
That said, let's take a look at five observations from the Chiefs vs. Eagles game.
5. LeSean McCoy Once Again Was Brilliant in a Loss
LeSean McCoy once again was masterful despite a loss. He moved well between the tackles and made a really solid defensive unit look foolish at times with his ankle breaking jukes and cuts. He is playing like the best running back in the league.
4. Michael Vick and the Offense Struggled Immensely on this Night
Michael Vick and the offense struggled to get anything done especially through the air. DeSean Jackson was practically shut out of the game. This forced Vick to go to his secondary options which he failed to do. A night to forget for Vick.
3. The Eagles Offensive Line Was Dominated by the Chiefs Front 7
The Philadelphia Eagles front five was taken to school by the Chiefs defensive line and linebackers. It was a woeful performance by a usually solid unit. Hopefully this will be a learning experience to their benefit and mistakes like this won't happen again.
2. The Chiefs Defense is One Menacing Unit
The Chiefs defensive performance was nothing short of outstanding. The d-line and linebackers particularly Justin Houston really got after it. Houston finished with 3.5 sacks and it felt like he was living in the backfield. This team is a dark horse in the AFC and can go a long way if the defense keeps playing at this high a level.
1. The Philadelphia Eagles Defense Showed Major Improvement
One positive to take out of this loss is the Philadelphia Eagles defense. They showed major improvement. They held the Chiefs essentially to 16 points as 10 points were gifted to the Chiefs. The pass rush and coverage improved immensely. Hopefully this defensive effort is something to build on for Billy Davis and his troops moving forward.