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Chiefs 6, Eagles 3 — THIRD QUARTER

Chiefs 6, Eagles 3 — THIRD QUARTER”

Now Andy Reid welcomes his old team and his old coaching protege to town when the 1-0 Eagles face the 1-0 Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. It will be interesting to see how Smith handles pressure from the very talented Eagles defensive line, along with his former offensive coordinator Doug Pederson on the other end of the field.

Smith has been the poster child for the back-handed-compliment buzzword phrase "game manager" for quarterbacks who aren't considered prolific enough to carry their respective teams but are just good enough to stay out of the way. They will be facing a Kansas City squad which is coming off a very impressive win over New England.

"He'll come over and say, 'Hey, what are you thinking?' And I've circled ... two, three, four plays on my sheet", Pederson said. Kansas City will try to please their fans after a disappointing loss in January. Last week's game marked his first National Football League regular-season game at guard. Hill's sophomore campaign isn't off to a bad start, either. Kareem Hunt is looking to continue his success from week one.

In the trade up to get Mahomes, the Chiefs gave up their 27th pick and a third-rounder as well as their 2018 first-round pick. The rookie picked up 11 yards on three inside rushes.

The Eagles actually had the ball in the fourth quarter with a chance to take a lead, but turned it over and the Chiefs took control. West can run as well as catch the ball out of the backfield.

Carson Wentz connects with Alshon Jeffery on a touchdown pass to give Philadelphia its first lead of the game. I'd be hesitant to see Derrick Johnson or another linebacker cover Ertz because that could be a mismatch, but one of the Chiefs' safeties may be able to do the job. "The guys who want to be the best play a lot of years". However, Peters nearly never shadows one particular receiver. Nelson Agholor was running down the middle of the field in a one on one situation, where he for sure would have out ran his man given, the opportunity to do so.

Never had their quarterback, Alex Smith (28-for-35, 368 yards, 4 TDs), taken as many successful deep shots as he did when the Chiefs punished New England, 42-27, on September 7. A matchup against a lackluster Philadelphia secondary that just lost top cornerback Ronald Darby to an ankle injury should help Smith's cause on Sunday.

Philadelphia significantly bolstered its defensive line with offseason acquisitions Chris Long and Tim Jernigan. The Eagles have built a solid roster and have some risky weapons. But it's also hard and rare for any team to repeat such a dominating effort.

425.5 - In the past two matchups, the Eagles' offense has put up an average of 425.5 total net yards.

And for most of the game, the defensive minds were getting the best of the chess match. This Chiefs defense needs to find a way to keep Blount and the Philly's running backs out of the end zone. The team averaged just 343 yards per game, ranking 20th in the NFL.

Wentz looked really good in the Eagles' win over the Washington Redskins last week. The Chiefs are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games, 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

He's thrown 81 TDs to just 63 INTs with the Chiefs (161-91 in his career) and has completed 64.8 percent of his passes (61.9 percent in his career).

Maybe it is the fact that his career in Kansas City is being written as dead at the end of this season, but Alex Smith is playing on another level in 2017.

- Written by Rob McVey, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network.



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