Andy Reid returns to Philadelphia for the first time as Chiefs coach. Image courtesy of cnnse.com
A match-up between two teams that won six games between them the previous season normally doesn’t garner much interest, but the week 3 clash between Philadelphia and Kansas City is no ordinary fixture.
After 14 years as Eagles coach, Andy Reid returns to the City of Brotherly Love with his new team in what is sure to be an emotional homecoming. After a torrid 2-14 season last year, the Chiefs have opened the new campaign with back-to-back wins. They started the year with a crushing 28-2 win over a woeful Jacksonville side before getting up a 17-16 nailbiter against the Cowboys in front of the faithful at Arrowhead Stadium last start. Former 49ers quarterback Alex Smith has slotted in nicely throwing for two TDs in both games and he’s yet to be picked off.
The Eagles are one of the more intriguing teams going around the NFL thanks to the fast-paced no-huddle offence implemented by new head coach Chip Kelly, who had success with that game plan in his four-year College stint at Oregon. Athletic QB Michael Vick is flourishing under his guidance throwing for 631 yards and four touchdowns in his first two starts this season, while DeSean Jackson has come back well from the rib injury that curtailed his 2012 season already pulling in 16 receptions and two TDs. LeSean McCoy has also been active rushing for 237 yards on 42 carries so far, while also catching six passes for another 119 yards.
It’s at the defensive end where the Eagles are struggling. They went down 33-30 against San Diego last weekend after giving up 27 points in the six-point win over Washington to open the regular season.
Philadelphia has won three straight clashes with Kansas City. The last time the teams played was in 2009 with the Eagles getting up at home 34-14 .
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