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PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-0) at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-0)
January 24 2018, 01:56 | Sammy Rose
Eagles HC Doug Pederson draws parallel between Alex Smith and Carson Wentz
That dynamic left the game hanging in the balance in the fourth quarter - and just as the sun finally peeked out behind the clouds overhead, Kansas City's might emerged.
8th regular-season meeting. His score gave the Eagles their first lead on the afternoon at 10-6. The Chiefs defense made the Eagles work for every inch. The big storyline heading into this matchup is one of mentor vs. pupil.
Almost four years ago to the date, Andy Reid got his revenge against the franchise he coached for 14 years.
Sure, Smith is 33 years old and in his 12th National Football League season, but he still is really good - as evidenced by his 368-yard, four-touchdown performance in outclassing Tom Brady and the Patriots in last week's season opener. Limiting big plays, which the Eagles did very well in Week 1, will once again be the key to success for the Philadelphia D. The Eagles present a tough, physical pressure defense that will test the nimble and athletic Chiefs offensive front. If the ball is thrown just a tad higher, it allows Jeffery to go up, high point it, and possibly make the catch. Smith will be dueling it out with second-year quarterback Carson Wentz. Pederson didn't change much at all as the game developed.
Going into the defending champion's home field on opening night is never an easy task, but the Chiefs handled it brilliantly in a 42-27 upset.
The Eagles' ailing secondary lost two more players when starting safety Rodney McLeod and backup cornerback Jaylen Watkins left with hamstring injuries in the first half of their game in Kansas City.
Kareem Hunt somehow finds a way to muscle in another touchdown minutes later, his second touchdown carry on the day. A healthy Justin Houston looks to disrupt quarterbacks all season, Carson Wentz specifically this week.
Both coaches abandoned their running games early - although, to be fair, they sort of deserved to be abandoned.
The Chiefs next head to Los Angeles to face the Chargers in Week 3.
The Chiefs trailed much of the game against New England but they always felt in control.
Hunt broke free for a 53-yard touchdown run with 1:20 remaining in the third quarter to give the Chiefs a 13-10 lead. Chiefs Pro Bowl Tight End Travis Kelce will be on one sideline while his brother OL Jason Kelce stands on the visitor's sideline. Whether it's on their receivers or the speed they've got in the backfield, or it's their tight end or it's their quarterback getting rid of the ball. The second-year player has five career 300-yard games and is 4-0 in September. The Eagles racked up four sacks of Cousins, including two by Brandon Graham. Five of those games happened when the Eagles were on the road. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson served as an assistant under Chiefs head coach Andy Reid for six years, most recently in 2015, when Pederson served as offensive coordinator for the Chiefs. Filling in for McLeod, Corey Graham took a terrible angle on Hunt's 57-yard touchdown run, so the absence hurt. He also scored three TDs.