Chiefs vs. Eagles: Live Grades & Analysis for Kansas City
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Andy Reid's much-publicized return to Philadelphia ended with a Gatorade shower after the Kansas City Chiefs crippled Chip Kelly's electric offense.
Kansas City - 26
Philadelphia - 16
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vs. Eagles Week 3
Game analysis for the Kansas City Chiefs
Pass Offense: Andy Reid attempted to circumvent poor pass protection through play-action rollouts in the first half. Chip Kelly's halftime adjustments foiled the plan throughout the second half, though. Donnie Avery consistently scorched the Eagles' secondary with in-routes.
Run Offense: For the second week in a row, the offensive line was dominated for three quarters but showed up in the most critical juncture(s) of the game. Jamaal Charles rarely cradled the ball throughout the first half. And when he did, he was stonewalled by Philadelphia's seven-man front. Creases began to form in the fourth quarter and Kansas City's ankle-breaker took full advantage, rushing for 28 yards and a touchdown on his first three carries.
Run Defense: Unlike the first pair of games of the 2013 season, Kansas City's run support faltered against Philadelphia. Coming out of halftime, LeSean McCoy sparked Philadelphia's offense with a 30-yard gain on the ground. The tandem of Michael Vick and McCoy surpassed 200 yards rushing (201) before the third quarter drew to a close.
Pass Defense: Following a woeful passing performance in the first half, Michael Vick temporarily hit a groove after halftime. However, with a comforting lead on the scoreboard, Bob Sutton flooded the field with pass-oriented sub packages, and No. 7 steadily regressed.
Special Teams: Special teams authored two miscues: a missed field goal and a mishandled kickoff return that pinned the offense inside of the 10-yard line. Ryan Succop hammered through four of his five field-goal attempts, while Quintin Demps provided two noteworthy returns.
Coaching: Andy Reid crafted a commendable game plan that amassed 26 points despite shoddy pass protection. Due to the explosiveness of Chip Kelly's offense, Bob Sutton didn't present as many exotic formations as previous weeks, which proved to be the right approach in the end.
First-half analysis for the Kansas City Chiefs
Pass Offense: For the second consecutive week, the pass protection wavered throughout the first half. The Eagles' defensive front applied pressure via three- and four-man pass rushes. On a positive note, Donnie Avery eclipsed the century mark (five receptions, 103 yards).
Run Offense: Andy Reid's ground game was anemic at best, but it wasn't offered many opportunities to be anything but. Jamaal Charles churned out 75 total yards throughout the first half—only 16 of those derived from handoffs.
Run Defense: Throughout much of the half, Dontari Poe plugged the interior like a miniature mammoth and allowed Derrick Johnson and Eric Berry to torpedo inside and finish the job(s). Michael Vick took advantage of Bob Sutton's stacked boxes and scrambled for 85 yards on three rushes, though. LeSean McCoy also netted a pair of long gains.
Pass Defense: Derrick Johnson pounced on a telegraphed hitch route, deflecting a pass into the waiting arms of Eric Berry (who returned it for Kansas City's second pick-six of the season). Justin Houston was also the benefactor of a fumbled shotgun snap.
Special Teams: The Chiefs opened the night with a 58-yard kickoff return by Quintin Demps. The unit then subsequently recovered a muffed punt and tacked on a field goal. Succop did, however, misfire on a 51-yard attempt that would have stretched Kansas City's lead to seven.
Coaching: With the exception of two highlight rushes by Vick, Bob Sutton's defense has suffocated and demoralized Chip Kelly's vaunted Eagles offense. Reid needs to showcase a more balanced play-calling diet in the second half. Otherwise, play action will be rendered useless.
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