Weekly Wrap - KC @ PHI
The Phildaelphia Eagles lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 42-30 in their second home game of the season.
This game was closer than the scoreboard indicates. Although KC held the lead from the second quarter on, the Eagles were able to keep it close for majority of the game. If not for a few costly penalties, the conclusion and perhaps outcome of this game could have been very different.
The Eagles have struggled with penalties all season, leading the league in number of flags thrown against their team heading into this game. Perhaps the impact of penalties has not been more felt than it was this week, with three touchdowns being taken off the board in this one, due to offensive penalties.
The Eagles were without 4 of 5 starting offensive lineman. There were many instances where the line broke down quickly, forcing Jalen Hurts to scramble.
Defensively, the team has been inadequate. Allowing 83 points over a couple weeks, which is most in the NFL. Granted, it was against two of the best offenses in the league. They are susceptible to the run and unable to get to the QB. The lone sack came from Javon Hargave who is one of the few, consistent bright spots on this defense.
Mahomes was able to extent a few key plays and convert on some big third downs. They need to get more pressure on the QB, and they desperately need a linebacker.
Travis Kelce was surprisingly quiet in this one. Likely the result of game plan from the Chiefs who’s WR Tyreek Hill posted a monstrous 186 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Finally, the Eagles had an opportunity to execute a two minute drill at the end of the first half. This saw two big catches from DeVonta Smith who accumulated 122 yards or 7 catches in the day. It also saw a nearly catastrophic fumble, but the hustle of Nate Herbig, prevented the turnover.
Ultimately, I still believe the Eagles need to run the ball more. Jalen Hurts remains the teams leading rushing, and I do not feel this is a recipe for success. Miles Sanders has explosive play ability, they need to get the ball into his hands more and control the clock. I am unsure why the coaching staff thinks we can outscore these better offenses. Beating teams like that requires running the ball and controlling the tempo/clock.
We will see if adjustments are made heading into Carolina, or if we will have another shootout on our hands.
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