AccuScore Game Preview: Chiefs AT Eagles | Andy Reid Returns Home
While much of the attention in tonight’s Chiefs-Eagles Thursday Night Football game will be on the sidelines with ex-Philly coach Andy Reid, what we really care about is who wins and which players will produce for our fantasy teams. It is, however, important to note that the Chiefs come into Philadelphia with a man who made his name coaching the Eagles for 14 seasons before being fired last year. During his reign, Reid won seven NFC East titles and made five NFC Championship game appearances. His team also earned a Super Bowl berth in 2004.
Side note: Does the color green make you look slimmer? Reid looks even bigger sporting that bright red in Kansas City.
Looking at tonight’s match-up, the numbers are a lot more comparable than some fans might think. The Chiefs have started the year 2-0, and most importantly, have yet to commit a turnover. If you’ve been following along with our game previews, you might remember what we said about the Steelers-Bengals game: that Pittsburgh’s propensity to commit multiple turnovers will cost them the game. Well, guess what? That’s exactly what happened with a fumble and an interception at crucial points of the game. To make matters worse, their defense didn’t force Cincy to stumble with the ball at all.
That’s what the NFL is all about: who can hold on to the ball, and who forces turnovers. The Chiefs having none so far is an indication that the team is moving in the right direction.
The Eagles are slight 52 percent favorites tonight, but given that they are at home, the projection isn’t anything to be proud of. Expect a close game when the home team is favored by this little – the spread is -3 for Philadelphia. The home team always gets a few points, so if the spread is -3, it’s essentially a pick ‘em game.
For Philly to win, their defense needs to show up tonight and force a turnover. Or even two. After two games, Philadelphia ranks 30th in yards allowed, 28th in points against and 31st in passing yards against. They have struggled late in games due to their fast-paced offense, with their D giving up 20 points in each of the previous two weeks’ second halves.
Prediction: Eagles win by 6, DeSean Jackson breaks loose for some big gains in second half
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Today, 5:25 PM (PT)
AccuScore Projection Data
|Kansas City Chiefs||25.6||1.3|
Passing: Michael Vick (PHI) 215.6 yds
Rushing: Jamaal Charles (KAN) 127.3 yds
Receiving: Dwayne Bowe (KAN) 76.6 yds
Kansas City Chiefs