NFL News: Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles 9/19/13 Score, Recap, News, And Notes
Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-2)
September 19, 2013
TV: NFL Network
This week’s “Thursday Night Football” matchup resulted in Andy Reid being a winner in Philadelphia once again, but this time it wasn’t as a member of the Eagles. Let’s take a closer look at the game and break down what happened during the Chiefs’ victory, as well as where these two teams are headed from here.
What Happened: Reid’s job is already safe for at least another year. Through just three weeks, he’s won one more game than the Chiefs did in all of last season after leading his new team to a decisive 26-16 victory over the Eagles. The Kansas City defense dominated for most of the game, bringing Philly’s high-flying offense to a grinding halt with five turnovers and five sacks.
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The Stars: We’re going to give the game’s MVP award to Ryan Succop, the former Mr. Irrelevant and one of the league’s most underrated kickers (if that’s even possible). Succop calmly booted four field goals, ranging in distance from 31 to 38 yards His contributions were the difference in the game, and allowed the KC offense to get off the field with points.
Jamaal Charles was his usual beastly self as well, tallying 92 yards and a score on 20 carries while adding another 80 yards through the air on seven catches.
Alex Smith has the market cornered on the “game manager” tag, but he’s owning it so far. He was an extremely efficient 22-of-35 for 273 yards, no scores and no picks. Donnie Avery was his main beneficiary, posting 141 receiving yards on seven grabs.
On the other side, Philly had a couple of big stat lines, but couldn’t translate them into points. LeSean McCoy finished with 158 rush yards and a score, bolstered by a 41-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. Jason Avant had 87 yards and a score on five catches to lead the Eagles in receiving.
The Goats: Eagles QB Michael Vick couldn’t get anything going against a stout Kansas City defense, posting 201 yards on an ugly 13-of-30 passing line. He managed a TD, but also had two interceptions. If there’s a bright spot here, Vick also had 95 yards on five carries--including a career-high 61-yarder.
Damaris Johnson gets the Special Teams Goat Award, after muffing a punt early in the game which led to a turnover and a Chiefs field goal.
Chip Kelly’s questionable two-point conversion attempt (and failure) leading to a 6-10 deficit in the first half also gets an honorable mention as one of the head-scratchingest coaching calls we've seen thus far in 2013.
Injuries: Both teams came out pretty clean in this one. Vick rolled his ankle late and came out of the game after a fumble, but is expected to be fine. The major concern is McCoy's ankle: he left the game in the first half but was able to return and post a nice line. We'll keep an eye on that one as the week progresses. The Chiefs lost a couple--Jeff Allen (groin) and Brandon Flowers (knee), and we’ll have to check back in on their statuses for next week. The good news is they’ve got an extended rest period.
Outlook: The Eagles need to find a balance between their up-tempo offense and their tired, sloppy defense. That won’t be happening anytime soon, as they’ll be at the mercy of Peyton Manning in Denver next week.
For the Chiefs, they’ll try to keep their hot start going at home against the floundering Giants in Week 4.
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