Chiefs vs. Eagles: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
Interesting stories and matchups litter the NFL's Week 3 slate, but nothing tops the Thursday Night Football story that is Andy Reid returning to Philadelphia for the first time.
Reid is the winningest coach in Philadelphia Eagles history. In 14 seasons, he led the team to six NFC East titles, nine playoff appearances, five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl berth.
Now, Reid controls the fate of Kansas City, a team that has won two contests thus far. The Chiefs embarrassed Jacksonville in Week 1 before notching a critical victory over Dallas. As expected, Reid's offense is efficient, but it is his defense that is great.
Reid's replacement in Philadelphia is offensive guru Chip Kelly, who has led the Eagles to 63 points through two contests. Kelly's offense is elite, but the defense is subpar, and the team has only mustered a 1-1 record overall.
Here is everything fans need to know about the epic Thursday Night Football contest.
When: Thursday, Sept. 19, at 8:25 p.m. ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.
Watch: NFL Network
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
- Over/Under: 50.5 pts
- Spread: Philadelphia (-3)
Chiefs Injury Report (via NFL.com)
|James-Michael Johnson||LB||--||Full Participation in Practice||--|
|Travis Kelce||TE||--||Limited Participation in Practice||--|
|Dezman Moses||LB||--||Full Participation in Practice||--|
|Anthony Fasano||TE||--||Did Not Participate In Practice||--|
|Brandon Flowers||CB||--||Limited Participation in Practice||--|
|Branden Albert||T||--||Full Participation in Practice||--|
|Nico Johnson||LB||--||Full Participation in Practice||--|
|Mike Devito||DE||--||Full Participation in Practice||--|
Eagles Injury Report (via NFL.com)
|Brandon Hughes||CB||--||Did Not Participate In Practice||--|
|Brent Celek||TE||--||Full Participation in Practice||--|
|Brandon Boykin||CB||--||Full Participation in Practice||--|
|Jason Kelce||C||--||Full Participation in Practice||--|
|Dennis Kelly||T||--||Full Participation in Practice||--|
|Bradley Fletcher||CB||--||Full Participation in Practice||--|
|Mychal Kendricks||LB||--||Full Participation in Practice||--|
Can Kansas City's Defense Slow Philadelphia?
Here's a question NFL fans are going to see a lot in the near future.
Philadelphia was technically slowed by San Diego in Week 2, running just 58 total plays—a far cry from the 77 it ran in Week 1. Even with the drop, the Eagles still racked up 511 total yards and 30 points.
LeSean McCoy is the NFL's leading rusher with 237 yards behind an impressive offensive line, and Michael Vick looks to have turned over a new leaf in Kelly's scheme.
While Philadelphia has been impressive, Reid's defense is well-equipped to handle the unit. Kansas City is tied for the NFL lead with nine sacks, three of those going to dominant young nose tackle Dontari Poe and three more going to talented outside linebacker Justin Houston. Fellow linebacker Tamba Hali has been quiet so far, but that won't last.
With the No. 2 overall defense and a strength for shutting down the pass thanks to stars such as Eric Berry and Brandon Flowers, the Chiefs have what it takes to make Kelly's offense look amateur. The performance from Kansas City's defense will decide the game.
Which team wins?
While the Chiefs' gaudy defensive statistics are largely a result of playing the laughably bad Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1, the fact remains that the unit is one of the best at getting to opposing quarterbacks.
Kansas City has the first defensive unit of the season that is athletic enough to match up well with the speed of Philadelphia—not just in the sense of containing Vick but also keeping speedsters like DeSean Jackson from the big play.
Defense is where Philadelphia has truly struggled, and Reid's efficient offense led by quarterback Alex Smith should have no issues moving the ball. Running back Jamaal Charles and Co. will have a big day as the Chiefs offense keeps Kelly's unit off the field.
Chiefs win 28-23
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