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Eagles give KC all they can handle in tough loss at Arrowhead…

Mama always told me to accentuate the positive… sometimes that’s hard to do if you’re an Eagles fan.

But we were right there step-for-step with the Chieves through 3 quarters. Then one horribly-timed gaffe turned the tide.

It was 13-all in the fourth quarter and Philadelphia had the ball when Carson Wentz threw a pass that bounced off the Chiefs’ Justin Houston and into the arms of Chris Jones. The pick gave Kansas City the ball deep in Eagles territory, and Travis Kelce hurdled into the end zone five plays later.

I hated that play call. I think it was a bubble screen—whatever it was, it was poorly executed, and besides, the Chiefs’ defense had it read anyway—almost as if they KNEW OUR PLAYBOOK! (which of course they do, and Doug Pederson should have known that the Chieves knew, etc.)

Why we were not more aware that it was time to probe the middle of the field at that point, as the Chieves were anticipating the horizontal “conservative” call?

Anyway, things fell apart from there.

Chiefs rookie Kareem Hunt reached the end zone twice, Travis Kelce took a shovel pass 15 yards for the go-ahead touchdown and Kansas City held on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 on Sunday.

Alex Smith had 251 yards passing for the Chiefs (2-0). Cairo Santos was 2 for 2 on field goals.

Wentz finished with 333 yards and two touchdowns passing, despite facing relentless pressure all afternoon. He also led the Eagles (1-1) with 55 yards rushing…which is not necessarily a good thing.

Alshon Jeffery appeared to get on the same page with Wentz at Arrowhead Stadium. He finished with seven catches for 92 yards. That’s a good sign of things to come, I reckon.

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz had five catches for 97 yards, including a 53-yard catch late in the first half that ricocheted off the Chiefs’ Terrance Mitchell. That play appeared to have set up a chip-shot field goal, but Jake Elliott‘s attempt missed as the half expired.

That miss hurt because it changed the math affecting the way the Eagles would run their offense in the 2nd half. If that FG was made, maybe that bum screen call by Doug in the 4th never has to be made.

The Eagles defense lost two more players when starting safety Rodney McLeod and backup cornerback Jaylen Watkins left with hamstring injuries in the first half.

Eagles’ secondary backups stepped up, though. It wasn’t their fault this game got away from us.

Final:

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 3 0 7 10 20
KC 3 3 7 14 27

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER PHI KC
FG
11:22
Cairo Santos 34 Yd Field Goal
8 plays, 73 yards, 3:38
0 3
FG
4:28
Jake Elliott 34 Yd Field Goal
11 plays, 58 yards, 6:54
3 3
SECOND QUARTER PHI KC
FG
0:17
Cairo Santos 39 Yd Field Goal
4 plays, 3 yards, 0:49
3 6
THIRD QUARTER PHI KC
TD
4:08
Alshon Jeffery 16 Yd pass from Carson Wentz (Jake Elliott Kick)
7 plays, 81 yards, 4:20
10 6
TD
1:20
Kareem Hunt 53 Yd Run (Cairo Santos Kick)
5 plays, 83 yards, 2:48
10 13
FOURTH QUARTER PHI KC
FG
11:57
Jake Elliott 40 Yd Field Goal
10 plays, 44 yards, 4:23
13 13
TD
6:25
Travis Kelce 15 Yd pass from Alex Smith (Cairo Santos Kick)
5 plays, 31 yards, 2:51
13 20
TD
2:14
Kareem Hunt 2 Yd Run (Cairo Santos Kick)
6 plays, 56 yards, 3:13
13 27
TD
0:08
Nelson Agholor 9 Yd pass from Carson Wentz (Jake Elliott Kick)
13 plays, 75 yards, 2:06
20 27
Matchup
1st Downs 27 16
Passing 1st downs 19 10
Rushing 1st downs 6 6
1st downs from penalties 2 0
3rd down efficiency 8-15 5-12
4th down efficiency 0-0 0-0
Total Plays 69 51
Total Yards 406 344
Total Drives 11 10
Yards per Play 5.9 6.7
Passing 299 232
Comp-Att 25-46 21-28
Yards per pass 5.8 7.3
Interceptions thrown 1 0
Sacks-Yards Lost 6-34 4-19
Rushing 107 112
Rushing Attempts 17 19
Yards per rush 6.3 5.9
Red Zone (Made-Att) 2-5 2-3
Penalties 4-30 5-40
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles lost 1 0
Interceptions thrown 1 0

Possession       30:49       29:11

Philadelphia Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS RTG
Carson Wentz 25/46 333 7.2 2 1 6-34 83.0
TEAM 25/46 299 7.2 2 1 6-34 83.0
Kansas City Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS RTG
Alex Smith 21/28 251 9.0 1 0 4-19 113.8
TEAM 21/28 232 9.0 1 0 4-19 113.8
Philadelphia Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LONG
Carson Wentz 4 55 13.8 0 24
Darren Sproles 10 48 4.8 0 12
Wendell Smallwood 3 4 1.3 0 8
TEAM 17 107 6.3 0 24
Kansas City Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LONG
Kareem Hunt 13 81 6.2 2 53
Alex Smith 4 21 5.3 0 12
Tyreek Hill 1 6 6.0 0 6
Albert Wilson 1 4 4.0 0 4
TEAM 19 112 5.9 2 53
Philadelphia Receiving
REC YDS AVG TD LONG TGTS
Zach Ertz 5 97 19.4 0 53 10
Alshon Jeffery 7 92 13.1 1 18 13
Torrey Smith 4 66 16.5 0 24 8
Mack Hollins 3 32 10.7 0 13 3
Darren Sproles 2 30 15.0 0 16 4
Trey Burton 1 10 10.0 0 10 1
Nelson Agholor 1 9 9.0 1 9 3
LeGarrette Blount 1 0 0.0 0 0 1
Wendell Smallwood 1 -3 -3.0 0 -3 2
TEAM 25 333 13.3 2 53 45
Kansas City Receiving
REC YDS AVG TD LONG TGTS
Travis Kelce 8 103 12.9 1 44 10
Chris Conley 4 55 13.8 0 35 4
Tyreek Hill 4 43 10.8 0 18 6
Kareem Hunt 3 28 9.3 0 16 3
Albert Wilson 2 22 11.0 0 12 3
Ross Travis 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
TEAM 21 251 12.0 1 44 27
Philadelphia Defense
TACKLES MISC
TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HTS TD
Malcolm Jenkins 5 5 0 0 0 0 0
Mychal Kendricks 4 4 1 2 1 1 0
Vinny Curry 4 4 0 1 0 1 0
Rasul Douglas 4 4 0 0 1 0 0
Corey Graham 4 3 0 0 0 0 0
Nigel Bradham 4 3 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Graham 4 2 0.5 0 0 1 0
Tim Jernigan 4 2 0.5 1 0 1 0
Jordan Hicks 3 1 0 0 0 2 0
Fletcher Cox 2 2 1 1 0 1 0
Patrick Robinson 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Jalen Mills 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Rodney McLeod 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jaylen Watkins 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Long 1 1 1 1 0 1 0
Dexter McDougle 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Beau Allen 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
Derek Barnett 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Darren Sproles 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Maragos 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Brooks 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mack Hollins 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 54 40 4 6 2 9 0
Philadelphia Kicking
FG PCT LONG XP PTS
Jake Elliott 2/3 67.0 40 2/2 8
TEAM 2/3 66.7 40 2/2 8

Tim McManus of ESPN.com was harsh in his criticism of the Eagles game plan:

“Quarterback Carson Wentz had to shoulder the load once again, following up his 39 passes in Week 1 with 46 throws Sunday, completing 25 for 333 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a 27-20 loss.

“The projected top back, LeGarrette Blount, did not have a single carry. Coach Doug Pederson instead turned to the 34-year-old Darren Sproles. While Sproles was fairly effective (10 carries, 48 yards), he can only be leaned on so much.

“The Philadelphia Eagles have a balance problem [on offense], and there’s no sign of a cure in sight.”

Fix it, Doug!—-the New York Giants have tape on us!

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