Dropped Chiefs

By: Kylan Watson

The Philadelphia Eagles traveled to Kansas City for a super bowl rematch against a well-rested Chiefs squad. Kansas City jumped on the Eagles early on as they were able to put pressure on Jalen Hurts and shutdown Philly’s offense. However, the Eagles offense finally showed up and Hurts scored two late rushing touchdowns to beat them 21-17.

Early in this game the Eagles clearly left the offense in Philly, they just did not have it throughout the first-half. They only had one big drive that was capped off by a D’Andre Swift (12 carries, for 76-yards, and one touchdown) rushing touchdown. A weapon the Eagles added in the offseason that was not present in the Super Bowl. He featured a lot in this game and made his presence known although it’s a headscratcher why they didn’t use him more throughout this game besides DeVonta Smith (6-receptions, for 99-yards) he was the best weapon the Eagles had on the offensive side. Philly still has some work to do on the offensive side. It took them until midway through the third quarter to get it going offensively again. Credit to Kansas City’s defensive unit they took full advantage of the Eagles failure to communicate throughout this game. They took advantage of the Eagles’ o-line being slow to get to their speedy rushers and sacked Hurts five-times in this game. The usually reliable Eagles offensive line struggled in this game and that is being generous they would have had better luck stopping a cold than the Chiefs defensive line in this contest. However, they adjusted in the second half and limited the Chiefs’ chances to put Jalen on the ground. Once he had time, Hurts was able to rush for his first touchdown which put the Eagles back in the game. Then on another drive he found DeVonta Smith for a deep pass that put the Eagles on the one-yard line. That drive was capped off by a brotherly shove to put Philly ahead permanently in this contest.

Kansas City had plenty of chances to put this game away they put the Eagles on their heels in the first-half. Patrick Mahomes recovered from Philly’s defensive unit sacking him early and was carving them up like Thanksgiving dinner. He completed two touchdown passes and Philly was able to force him into one interception. Philly’s defensive unit made some huge adjustments at half-time and were able to shutout the Chiefs explosive offense. They forced Mahomes and his receivers to be perfect tonight and they could not do it unlike in the super bowl matchup. Mahomes threw some perfect passes that were dropped by his receivers, one by Marquez Valdes-Scantling would have put the Chiefs back in the lead but he dropped the ball diving for the end zone. Fortunate for Philly because he was wide-open running for the end zone. Late game execution really was not there on that play for the Eagles. This has happened in the last two games against the Cowboys and tonight against the Chiefs. Where the Eagles secondary is either not communicating or not going to their assignments which leaves a receiver wide-open for a touchdown catch or a big play.  That needs to be cleaned up if the Eagles want to return to the super bowl in February.

On what led to tonight’s comeback victory, “We are relentless. We are dawgs at the end of the day. We preach dawg mentality,” said Eagles Defensive End Hassan Reddick.

The Eagles will now prepare to face the Buffalo Bills on Sunday Afternoon, they will need to put pressure on Josh Allen if they want to keep Buffalo’s explosive offense in check. Additionally, the Eagles offensively will need to take advantage of an aggressive Bills defense by utilizing the screen game and Swift’s explosiveness like they did against the Chiefs. If they can implement these things, they will be able to get their 10th win of the season.

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