The Philadelphia Eagles suffered another frustrating loss at the hands of the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night, dropping a 26-16 contest that was never close. Andy Reid’s new team played turnover-free football once again, controlling the tempo, clock and ultimately the outcome in a prime-time win.
Chip Kelly’s offense never found its rhythm, despite another game of gaudy statistics from All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy. The Eagles became just the sixth team since 2000 to lose a game in which they rushed for at least 264 yards. The fact they lost the turnover battle by five is the more telling factor.
There’s a lot of time to watch game film from this loss, as the Eagles don’t suit up again for another 10 days. That game will take place in Denver against 12-time Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning—a player who is still playing elite football even at the age of 37.
If the Eagles want to have any chance of winning that game, they’re going to need to put forth a much different game plan than the one they had on Thursday.