The Kansas City Chiefs have dealt with some issues on offense so far this season after two games. In Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the offense was held scoreless in the second half. Against the Cowboys, the Chiefs did not take advantage of the opportunities given to them, scoring only a pair of touchdowns.
Despite some of the struggles on offense, it's been more than enough to help the team kick off 2013 with a 2-0 record, equaling last year's win total. The offense has yet to commit a turnover and is playing much better than last season.
Going into Philadelphia, the Chiefs face an Eagles defense which ranks 30th in total defense and 31st against the pass. The Eagles allowed 60 points in two games.
Thursday night is a perfect chance for Kansas City's offense to turn the tide and work on some of its kinks.
Passing: 310 yards, 29-of-40, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
Rushing: 35 yards, 7 scrambles
Despite being below league average in percentage of completed passes, Alex Smith has done a good job of taking care of the football. His ability to secure the football has played a big part in giving the Chiefs a 2-0 start to the season.
Against a weak Eagles defense, Smith should have an easy time distributing the ball and moving his offense. Expect him to achieve his fourth career 300-yard game and take advantage of the poor defense to help put Kansas City in position to win.
Rushing: 15 rushes, 65 yards
Receiving: 10 catches, 90 yards, 1 touchdown
Rushing: 2 rushes, 4 yards
Rushing: 2 rushes, 7 yards
Rushing: 1 rush, 4 yards
Jamaal Charles was busy last week, getting 24 touches for 103 yards and one touchdown. He led the team in receptions with eight against the Cowboys. With Philadelphia's defense still a work in progress, Chiefs fans can expect Smith and Charles to connect through the air a little bit more.
With Charles' speed, he should do a lot of damage against the Eagle and give the Chiefs a lift on offense.
The backup running backs for the Chiefs aren't as reliable as Andy Reid would have hoped. Knile Davis still has issues with fumbles, giving Cyrus Gray a few more touches on offense.
Receiving: 3 catches, 27 yards
Receiving: 1 catch, 8 yards
With Tony Moeaki already out, the Chiefs became thinner at tight end as Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce appear on Kansas City’s injury report. This forced the Chiefs to sign Kevin Brock, who fell short of making the 53-man roster after the preseason.
Brock might get a chance to prove himself as a Chief because of the team being short on tight ends.
Sean McGrath contributed last week against the Cowboys when he pulled in two catches. With Fasano and Kelce facing the possibility of missing Thursday’s game, Smith will have McGrath and Brock as his tight ends.
Receiving: 7 catches, 115 yards
Receiving: 6 catches, 50 yards
Receiving: 2 catches, 20 yards
Along with Charles helping out the offense in the passing game, Dwayne Bowe should pull through and make a big impact against Philadelphia’s defense. Bowe helped hold off the Cowboys with four catches. His biggest one came in the third quarter to take the lead. He’s caught four passes in each of the two games, but expect him to be more active against the Eagles.
Smith will also search for Donnie Avery and Dexter McCluster to help move the ball.