This game marks the return of legendary Eagles coach Andy Reid back home to Philadelphia, He spent over 10 years as the head coach of the Eagles and now will dominate most of the headlines, however it will be the players on the field that make this game the most compelling matchup of week 3. When Michael Vick was released from prison he had a few suitors and picked the Eagles. It didn’t take long before Andy Reid made him his starting quarterback and success soon followed. However over the coming seasons injuries and poor play by Vick in Reid’s “West Coast” offense eventually led to Reid heading to Kansas City.
The Eagles are off to a 1-1 start under new head coach Chip Kelly who has invigorated the offense with his up tempo spread attack that resulted in big games in week 2 for Vick (23-36 for 428 yards and 2 touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown), Wide receiver Desean Jackson (9 catches for 193 yards and a touchdown) and running back Lesean McCoy (11 carries for 53 yards and 5 catches for 114 yards) Coach Kelly has proven that he can implement his offense into the NFL and the future looks bright on that side of the ball. The problem appears to be on defense where they allowed almost 550 yards of total offense to the Chargers this past Sunday. They are implementing defensive coordinator Bill Davis’s new system with a lot of new players and will need to make the proper adjustments quickly in order to give their team a chance to win games. 31 points should always be enough for a team to win a game in the NFL.
The Chiefs won their second game of the season on Sunday to improve their record to 2-0 and match their win total from the entire 2012 season. This dramatic turnaround is an example of the impact a head coach and a quarterback in the right situation can have. Vick was never comfortable in Reid’s short passing game heavy offense, while it is the perfect offense for new quarterback Alex Smith who is arguably the best “game manager” in the NFL and looks very comfortable in Reid’s system. However it was not the performance of the offense but the defense that has made this team look like this years surprise team in the NFL. It was easy to overlook the defense in their dominance of the inferior Jaguars in week one. However it can’t be overlooked that they held the high powered Cowboys to merely 2 second half field goals in their 17-16 win on Sunday. The defensive dominance combined with the all around play of Smith (2 touchdown passes with no interceptions) has things looking up for the fans in Kansas City.
In the end this game will be dissected and discussed to no end. Reid’s return will be the focus of plenty of media attention. Drawing attention away from the fact that The Chiefs are well on their way to being the NFL’s surprise team this season.
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