On Thursday night all eyes will turn to Philadelphia as Andy Reid leads the undefeated Chiefs against the 1-1 Eagles. This will be Reid’s first time back to Philadelphia, after coaching the Eagles for 13 years, including an NFC Championship in 2004, a Coach Of The Year Award in 2002, and a spot in the Philadelphia Eagles 75th Anniversary Team. Reid has the new look Chiefs looking entertaining and this should certainly be a good game to watch.
The Eagles started their season with a win on Monday Night Football against the Redskins. This game was the unveiling of Chip Kelly’s new offensive scheme, which looked potent and powerful during the first half. Things did slow down for the Eagles in the second, but overall it was still enough to hold off the ‘Skins in the end.
Last week the Eagles were edged out by the Chargers with a 33-30 defeat. The irony of this score was that while the Eagles were successful in week one on MNF, the Chargers lost in the second game on the same evening. The Chargers loss to the Texans surely left them angry and hungry for their first win of the season against the Eagles and it was apparent with the close, yet high-scoring, final score.
The interesting thing to look for with the Eagles will be the potency of Chip Kelly’s college-style offense. After week one many believed that this type of play would be the new craze of NFL football with option quarterbacks like Michael Vick. While the Eagles still racked up 30 in their week 2 loss to the Chargers, it’ll be interesting to see how the Chiefs defense prepares for this game and whether or not this style of play can remain successful in the NFL. Remember how well the Dolphins used the wildcat a few years ago and how infrequently you see that formation in today’s games. Nonetheless, the Eagles will look to score early and often against the Chiefs and see if they can keep up.
Alex Smith and Andy Reid have looked comfortable in KC in their first two games. In all truthfulness, Smith certainly never looked bad in San Francisco, but rather the success of Colin Kaepernick led for an early departure for the former top pick. Nonetheless, Smith has taken advantage of his new home in KC and looks ready to have continued success in Reid’s offense.
Much like Smith, Reid wasn’t necessarily booted from his old job because or lack of success, but rather just the high expectations set in place. Reid has been a top coach for years and was in high demand after his departure from Philly. While high-profile players like Donovan McNabb, Terrell Owens and Vick have come to Philly with varying success, Reid was the face of that franchise for over a decade. With no love lost, Reid will presumably look forward to his return to Philly and the opportunity to show his old team what they are missing. Another win for KC could also have big implications on the league. With a 3-0 record, the Chiefs would only improve their standing in the NFL as an undefeated team.
The season is still young, but this matchup could be a telling game for both teams involved. Whether or not Kelly’s offense is a viable option in the NFL is yet to be seen. And whether or not the newness of the connection between Reid and Smith can continue will also be in display. Either way, as the only game on Thursday night, we expect week 3 of the NFL season to start off with a bang with this matchup.
301 Kansas City Chiefs +3½ (-115)
302 Philadelphia Eagles -3½ (-105)
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301 Kansas City Chiefs +3 (+100)
302 Philadelphia Eagles -3 (-120)
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