So far, Chip Kelly’s offense has proven to be exciting and innovative. Unfortunately, some coaching blunders and game mismanagement left Eagles fans feeling cold after last week’s 33-30 loss at the hands of Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. The hangover can’t last long, though, as the Birds are flying on a short week with their game tonight against the Kansas City Chiefs, who are a surprising 2-0 under new coach Andy Reid. Remember him?
It’s sure to be an interesting night at the Linc with Reid’s return to Philly after coaching the Eagles for 14 years and—like him or not—spearheading the most successful stretch of football in franchise history. Not only that, but polarizing former quarterback Donovan McNabb will be honored at halftime. How do you think Eagles fans will greet the most successful QB in Eagles history?
As for the game itself, look for the Eagles to try and set the tempo early as they have in their other two games so far this season. So far, Michael Vick has looked great in Chip Kelly’s offense, and although it’s a small sample size, LeSean McCoy and Desean Jackson currently lead the NFL in rushing and receiving yards, respectively. The Chiefs officially have the third best team defense in the NFL at the moment, but keep in mind that their two wins have been over a dismal Jacksonville Jaguars team with maybe the worst offense in NFL history (no, really) and a Dallas Cowboys team that seems to be perpetually overrated.
The Chiefs have a strong running game and a conservative passing game under quarterback Alex Smith. The Eagles’ defense hasn’t looked good so far this season, but they should be able to outscore a team traveling halfway across the country on a short week. These Thursday night games almost always put the home team at a stronger advantage.
Craig Kaplan’s prediction: Eagles 27, Chiefs 24
Bryne Yancey’s prediction: Eagles 31, Chiefs 21