Eyes on the Enemy: Kansas City Chiefs
The Eagles head into their home game against the Chiefs off the back of an abysmal showing in Dallas on Monday Night Football. It was a frustrating night all around, with the defense struggling to contain the run and the offense failing to sustain any momentum. Philly won't be the only ones looking to bounce back, with the Chiefs heading into this one off the back of back-to-back defeats. In their last game, they lost 30-24 at home to the Chargers in what proved to be a bizarre ending to the game. Eagles fans will be hoping that Nick Sirianni returns to the game plan that was so effective in week one against Atlanta.
Season so far
The Chiefs have had a worrying start to the season, especially on defense. They have given up 29+ points in all three games this season, and their struggles have played a huge role in their1-2 start. They produced a big come from behind win against the Browns thanks to the magic of Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. However, week two happened to be the opposite. Their offense happened to be their downfall, with stupid turnovers ultimately costing them the game. Clyde Edwards-Helaire fumbled as Kansas City was charging into field goal range with the game on the line. They were then caught in a shootout against the Chargers, where a late Mahomes interception set Justin Herbert and co for the go-ahead touchdown. As reliable as their offense has been, they have been too reckless over these first three games.
The Biggest Threat- The Chiefs Offense
It is a no brainer. Yes, Mahomes has made some silly interceptions that have hurt them this season, but there is no bigger threat in the NFL than this offense in full flight. We have seen them put up big points already this season, even with the slow starts and turnovers. It will be a very difficult task for Jonathan Gannon to deal with, especially an offense coming off the back of back-to-back losses. They will be pulling out all of the stops to ensure a convincing win to put the rest of the league back on notice. Kansas City also has one of the greatest one-two receiving threats in NFL history in Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Their skillsets are so different that you cannot focus on just one because the other will be able to excel. It is going to be a stressful afternoon if the Eagles defense cannot hold their offense down.
What to Target- KC Run defense
There will be some irony in this, especially after the Eagles ran the ball three times in Dallas on Monday, but they need to run the ball as much as possible. Not only will it extend drives and keep KC off the field, but it will also open the game up for Hurts and take some of the pressure off of his back. The Chiefs also have the second-worst run defenses in the NFL, averaging 5.4 yards per carry. They have also conceded seven rushing touchdowns. The Chiefs will also struggle more at defending the run with the news that Frank Clark is out for the game. Considering the Eagles passing offense has struggled these past couple of weeks, this appears to be their best chance of beating Kansas City. The fact that Hurts can run with the ball himself will only help the Eagles with his ability to scramble from the pocket and also through the use of designed runs. If the Eagles can run the ball effectively to sustain drives and control the time of possession to an extent, they could give the Chiefs a tough match.