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The Eagles might not make it to the big game, but for the city of Philadelphia Thursday's matchup with the Eagles and Chiefs is Philadelphia's Super Bowl! It's the return of former Eagles head coach Andy Reid as it will be the 1st time in 15 years that Reid will be at Lincoln Financial Field on that sideline as a vistitor.

It will be an emotional evening for both Reid and the fanbase. Reid led the Eagles to nine playoff appearances, six NFC East Titles, five NFC Championship games, and a Super Bowl Birth and now looks to get the last laugh against the organization that let him go at the end of 2012 and to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2004, when he took the Eagles to the Super Bowl!

Game Notes

-Line: Eagles -4

Injury Report:

-Eagles:Probable: CB Bradley Fletcher

-Chiefs: Doubtful: TE Anthony Fasano; Questionable: CB Brandon Flowers, TE Travis Kelce

Overall Series: Eagles 4-2

Streak: Eagles have won three straight.

Last Meeting: September 27th 2009, Eagles 34-Chiefs 14

-Eagles QB Kevin Kolb gets the start for an injured Donovan McNabb throws for two touchdowns, one to WR Desean Jackson and one to TE Brent Celek. The Defense shutout the Chiefs offense for only 196 total yards

-According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Andy Reid is seeking to become just the 4th head coach in NFL history to start a season 3-0 after missing the playoffs the prior season with a different team. The last head coach to accomplish that feat was Marty Schottenheimer back in 2002 with the Chargers (missed playoffs with Redskins in 2001).
-WR Desean Jackson leads the NFL in receiving yards(297yds) after posting back to back 100+ yard games for the first time since 2010

2013 Tale of the Tape

         KC                                                                       PHI

22.5(t-25th)

PPG

31.5(3rd)

302.5 (26th)

Total Offense

477.0 (2nd)

117.5 (8th)

Rushing Offense

181.5 (2nd)

185.0 (27th)

Passing Offense

295.5 (11th)

9.0 (2nd)

Points Allowed

30.0 (28th)

248.0(3rd)

Total Defense

460.5 (30th)

54.0(2nd)

Rushing Defense

100.0 (19th)

194.0(7th)

Passing Defense

360.5 (31st)

32.0 (26th)

3rd Down Offense%

46.0 (7th)

27.0 (2nd)

3rd Down Defense%

48.0(25th)

+4 (3rd)

Turnover Ratio

+3 (4th)

Keys to the Game

-Win The Turnover Battle: The Eagles have won the turnover battle for two straight weeks and are currently 1-1. What makes this week so important is the rarity of the Chiefs turning the football over. QB Alex Smith hasn't thrown a single interception this season through two games. The Eagles D despite their inefficiencies have done a great job forcing takeaways. They have recorded 5 takeaways this season which is almost half their total of last year which was 13, the least in the NFL. Now if they can do this, it will be up to the offense to take advantage of the opportunities.

-Rattle QB Alex Smith: The Eagles D has to do a better job to get pressure on the quarterback and it all starts with Defensive Coordinator Billy Davis and his gameplan to dial up various blitz packages and find a way to not allow Smith to stand back there in the pocket. Last week, Chargers QB Phillip Rivers had all the time to throw the ball and only got sacked once and hit 4 times. His jersey didn't even get a stain on it. The Eagles need to disrupt Smith's rhythm and by getting a pass rush it sures up the deficiencies in the secondary as they have a tough task going up against big physical freak of a receiver, WR Dwayne Bowe. We know how much Reid loves to throw the football and with the mismatches in the secondary, it could be a big passing day for Smith and the Chiefs if they can't find a way to contain it.

-Redzone Efficiency: The Chiefs might not get into the redzone too often but when they do, they take advantage. Kansas City this season is 5/5 in touchdown efficency this season. The Eagles left too many points out on the board last week going 2/4 inside the 20, including the last drive for the potential go ahead score. Field goals aren't going to win football games and for this high octane offense, they may be able to move the football but they need to finish it in the end.

-Limit Mistakes: I know this is an old cliche that whichever team makes the least amount of mistakes wins the football game but last week was the proof of that. The Eagles were their own worst enemy with penalties, dropped passes, lack of awareness, miss tackles. They have to do a better job to limit these hiccups to stay in this football game.

-Eagles Offense Taking Control: This is probably the toughest task for this Eagles offense up to this point. They face a stout Chiefs defense that doesn't give up a lot of yards nor many points. They can't afford to get off a sluggish start like last week and have to learn to finish in the end. QB Michael Vick has played extremely well with 631yds and 6 Total Touchdowns with no interceptions. He is making great decision making and if he continues to make good plays with the football and wear down the Chiefs defense by controlling the clock they have a shot.

They need to put the ball in their playmaker's hands such like the NFL's leading rusher RB Lesean McCoy who only got 13 carries last week after a week 1 career high 31 carries. They need to show the threat of running the football to open up the read option which will open things up in the passing games. We know this Eagles defense can't be reliable to stop their opponents so it will be all up to Chip and this offense to produce to win this football game. But it won't be easy.

Prediction: Chiefs Over Eagles 28-24…. This is the offense's toughest challenge to date going up against a stingy Chiefs defense. If the Eagles have problems moving the football it's over because I feel Andy Reid will exploit the Eagles issues on defense with RB Jamal Charles and WR Dwayne Bowe. Andy gets the last laugh this time around to stay perfect 3-0, as the Eagles fall 1-2 to now head to Denver for a crucial game with the Broncos!

 

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If you missed this past week's show here is the podcast!

 

Segment 1: Eagles/Chargers Recap: What went wrong? Who is to blame?

 

Segment 2: Eagles/Chiefs Preview: What type of crowd reception will Reid and McNabb get Thursday? The matchups, More!

 

Segment 3: Favorite McNabb moment, Final thoughts, Prediction!

 

 

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