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Chip Kelly might now be smiling after his team plays three games in 10 days.
Kickoff: Sept. 19, 8:25 p.m. ET (Thursday Night Football)
Network: NFL Network
Andy Reid’s former team travels the Kansas City to face his new team.
It’s probably safe to say that Reid knows the Eagles inside and out, but new Eagles coach Chip Kelly is going to do things a lot differently. It’s tough to say just what kind of advantage Reid has because he knows the players when the schemes will be totally different.
One thing is clear about the Eagles—they don’t have many quality defensive players. The offense has potential when healthy, but the defense in Philadelphia desperately needs a talent infusion. Even if the Eagles draft a defensive star, the Chiefs should still be able to attack the Eagles through the air.
The Eagles allowed more touchdown passes last season than any other team and ranked 30th in interceptions. Alex Smith should have a big game against this pass defense, but the Eagles may steal a win on the road thanks to how Kelly uses all his offensive pieces.
LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin can all make big plays. If Kelly fosters the right environment and Michael Vick can execute his scheme, there would be a very good chance the Eagles' offense could carry the defense to victory if not for brutal scheduling.
If Kelly plans on using a fast-paced offense, there's a good chance his team will wear down playing its third game in a 10-day span. The Eagles' early-season schedule doesn't seem to favor what Kelly wants to do on offense, but that's a good thing for the Chiefs.
Prediction: Chiefs 28, Eagles 27