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Chiefs vs Eagles: A Matchup Of 2 Teams With Something To Prove

  • The Draft Network
  • October 1, 2021
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This Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs will travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. Both teams are heading into the Week 4 matchup with (1-2) records and are in desperate need of a victory. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are in search of a dominant win to reassert themselves as serious Super Bowl contenders, while Jalen Hurts and the Eagles will look to prove they are not a total joke and gain respect within the NFC East.

There is no doubt that the Chiefs are a better, more talented team throughout. In theory, this should be an easy win for the Chiefs, but with their performances in the past three games, there are serious concerns. One of the biggest factors in this Sunday matchup will be the Chiefs’ defense against the Eagles’ offense.

The matchup between the Chiefs’ faulty defense against Jalen Hurts will play heavily into the Eagles’ favor. Hurts is reeling coming off an embarrassing loss in Week 3 to the Dallas Cowboys. After taking full accountability for the shortfalls in the offense, it can be assumed that Hurts will enter this game with a vengeance to redeem himself and his offense. The only question is, will that be enough to secure a win?

The Chiefs will have trouble corralling the Eagles’ offense as they head into the game without two of their defensive starters, Frank Clark and Charvarius Ward, listed on the injury report as questionable. Clark, defensive end, missed the entirety of training camp as well as the preseason with a hamstring injury; and, thus far, Clark has only been able to play in one game. As for Ward, the defensive back is potentially out with a quad injury. The Chiefs’ defense has struggled as of late, and the gaps within that defense will provide multiple opportunities for the Eagles’ offense to potentially capitalize on.

The Eagles have a considerable amount of talent and speed in wide receivers DeVonta Smith, Jalen Reagor, and Quez Watkins. Reagor and Smith were both first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021, respectively. Smith, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, has had a somewhat slow start to the season accounting for only one touchdown on 11 receptions for 115 yards. However, playing against a penetrable Kansas City defense could give Smith the opportunity to break out. As for Reagor, he continues to put up stats similar to Smith: 13 receptions for 107 yards and one touchdown. And then there is Watkins, who in the last three games has boasted stats of 26 yards-per-catch, with seven receptions for 186 yards. Watkins saw a significant increase in his playing time last week as he looks to become a more integral part of the success of the Eagles’ offense.

The Chiefs’ offense, despite the recent performances, is phenomenal. Over the course of the last three games, Mahomes has thrown for 940 yards and nine touchdowns. While Mahomes has also thrown three uncharacteristic interceptions, he is still playing very well. It helps to also have Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and a brand-new offensive line fortified around him.

At the end of the day, the Chiefs vs. Eagles game will essentially boil down to a battle of the QBs and the offenses—of which Jalen Hurts and the Eagles stand little to no chance.

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