The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Eagles as they fly to Arrowhead Stadium to take on a Chiefs team who dismantled the reigning Super Bowl champions on the NFL’s opening night. Doug Pederson travels back to Kansas City to take on his former team and his mentor, Big Red himself. Here is the crew’s predictions for the game.
Tyler Edgerton (1-0)
Kansas City is one of the noisiest venues, (if not the loudest in the NFL) to play in as an opposing team. The Eagles will have to rely on silent hand signals to communicate. Kansas City has ranked in the top two in turnover differential over the past three seasons, so it is imperative for the Eagles to play a clean game this Sunday.
Andy Reid is 8-3 against coaches who were previously on his coaching staff and I believe that trend will continue. Do not expect Alex Smith to look like Joe Montana, and rookie running back Kareem Hunt to be Barry Sanders in this game like they did last week. Look for the Eagles to exploit the middle of the field once again with All-Pro safety Eric Berry now on IR. Zach Ertz will be the main target, while the defensive line must create pressure to make Smith uncomfortable. It will be a close game until the end of the game where a special team play could be the deciding factor for the winning team. Eagles fall just short of a 2-0 start to the season.
Final Prediction: Eagles 17, Chiefs 20
John Purificato (1-0)
The Eagles are coming off a big divisional win against the Redskins, and now are turning their attention to arguably the hottest team in football. The Chiefs played the spoiler role in Foxborough by utilizing rookie running back Kareem Hunt in the run and passing game. We also saw Alex Smith push the ball down the field, and not take the check downs that he normally does.
On defense, the Chiefs will look to create pressure from the end positions with Justin Houston and Dee Ford. However, the loss of Eric Berry will hurt their secondary. The Eagles had an inconsistent run game and an offensive line that must be improved. On the other side of the ball, the Eagles front seven dominated the Redskins, and as a result, their unproven secondary wasn’t exposed.
This one of the toughest games the Eagles will play this year. I think the offense struggles against the Chiefs, however, the defense keeps them in it all afternoon. I expect the Chiefs to run away at the end with it, and Andy Reid goes to 2-0 against the birds.
Final Prediction: Eagles 16, Chiefs 26
Brett Santos (0-1)
This week two matchup on the road against the Chiefs will be extremely tough for the Eagles. Although the Eagles did much better than I expected last week in stopping Rob Kelly, I think Kareem Hunt is going to be a handful for the Eagles. I see another big day from him as well as Tyreek Hill who I don’t believe the Eagles have anyone in the secondary to contain his speed after loosing Ronald Darby. The Eagles,
The Eagles, however, have a chance to build off what they did last week on the offensive side. I see Alshon Jefferey having a much bigger role this week and another solid game from Carson Wentz. The loss of Eric Berry will prove huge and will allow Wentz to expose the Chiefs secondary. It’s going to be a shootout, but the Eagles front seven will come through with another big play or two to put them over the top.
Final Prediction: Eagles 34, Chiefs 31
Matthew Scott (1-0)
Kansas City is coming off a game where they now have 10 days to prepare for an Eagles team who had a three-and-a-half -quarter slugfest in Washington this past Sunday. Although a small sample, it seems as though rookie running back Kareem Hunt will be able to provide balance to a Chiefs offense who hung 500+ yards and 42 points on a team that has never let up those numbers in the Bill Belichick Era at home.
The Eagles will have to get a running game started early and put up as many points as the did last week. Even without their key safety, the Chiefs style of defense will be able to get after Wentz. Right now, the Chiefs have a better roster with more experience together, and the Eagles are still building to become a playoff team.
Final Prediction: Eagles 13, Chiefs 27
Joe Fabiani (1-0)
The Eagles head into Sunday’s game looking to get their offseason additions of Jeffrey, Smith, and Blount going. In order to do that, they must look to the run game early for Blount to establish a rhythm, and set up the play action pass. A big matchup to watch would be that of the Eagles offensive line against the Chiefs explosive pass rush. They will have a tough task going up against guys like All-Pro Justin Houston, Dee Ford, and Derrick Johnson. Look for the Eagles to try and expose safety Daniel Sorenson, who will be filling in for the injured Eric Berry. I think the Eagles matchup very well against this Chiefs defense. If they are able to win the turnover battle they should be in good shape in this one.
Final Prediction: Eagles 31, Chiefs 27
Tylar Pomroy (0-1)
Eagles former coach Andy Reid got the best of his old team 26-16 a year after being let go in 2015. While the Chiefs are coming off an electric week one win against the Patriots, Alex Smith has never had back-to-back 300-yard games in his career.
One thing every Eagles fan wants to see is an Alshon Jeffrey touchdown. Eric Berry, the star of the Chiefs secondary, will not be playing due to an injury he sustained in the third quarter against the Patriots, and although star cornerback Marcus Peters is an interception machine he does only stand 6’0″ tall, so there’s a good chance Nelson Agholor won’t be the only receiver getting targets. Jeffrey should be able to high-point a few thrown his way in this one. I expect this to be a high-scoring game that hopefully won’t come down to newly-signed, rookie kicker, Jake Elliott. Elliott was signed earlier this week as Caleb Sturgis was placed on the 8-week Injured Reserve list.
Final Prediction: Eagles 35, Chiefs 24