When the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Kansas City Chiefs, the Birds’ defense will certainly be tested in this matchup. The Eagles (1-0) and Chiefs (1-0) will battle on Sunday at 1 p.m. (FOX 29) from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
The Eagles are coming off a big season-opening 30-17 win over their NFC East rivals, the Washington Redskins. In that game, the Eagles were able to move the ball and put some points on the scoreboard.
In this game, the defense has to really step up. Kansas City had an impressive 42-27 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., to open the season. They were led by quarterback Alex Smith, who completed 28-of-35 passes for 368 yards and four touchdown passes. Smith is a veteran signal-caller who doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. The Eagles pass rushers up front — Fletcher Cox, Tim Jernigan, Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry — have to get some pressure on Smith, who can move around in the pocket.
“He’s a good athlete,” said Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. “They run a lot more read option-type plays than most teams that we’ll face. So, you have to account for that. The bootleg passes, you have to account for that. He does throw the ball quick, but he has the ability to escape if he doesn’t throw it quick. You couldn’t have a much better game plan than he had in Week One. The guy has been around a long time.”
This is Smith’s 12th season. He has some great players on offense like rookie running back Kareem Hunt and wide receiver and kick returner Tyreek Hill. Hunt had 17 carries or 148 yards and one touchdown against the Patriots. He also had five receptions for 98 yards, including a 78-yard scoring reception. Hunt picked up a second touchdown on the ground. Hill had seven catches for 133 yards. He averaged 19 yards a catch.
“They’re both talented guys and I think what stands out about it is if you pay too much attention to any one guy that another guy can make you pay,” Schwartz said.
If the Eagles can contain the Chiefs high-scoring offense, this could make this game an interesting one on the road.