5 reasons why the Eagles could upset the Chiefs – Philadelphia Eagles News

5 reasons why the Eagles could upset the Chiefs – Philadelphia Eagles News

The Eagles are rightfully underdogs against the Chiefs on Sunday. Kansas City is the better team, and they have the advantages of being at home with a few extra days of rest and preparation. But this is the NFL, where upsets happen. And there are a few reasons why the Eagles could pull it off.

Kansas City’s play against New England is not sustainable

The Chiefs win last Thursday was only the second blown 8+ point lead by the Patriots at home since 2001, the other being the Eagles upset win in 2015, and we all know that game was a fluke. This game was a sum greater than its parts: they lost the turnover battle (though it was just 1-0); came from behind having trailed 17-7 midway through the 2nd quarter; they committed 15 penalties for 139 to New England’s 6 for 55; got most of their yardage in big chunks, with over half of Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill’s total yardage coming on 3 plays; and were poor on 3rd down, converting on just 36% of attempts. Individually, none of those are restrictive or unusual. But combined, they shouldn’t add up to a win, and they aren’t sustainable.

In some ways, that actually benefits the Chiefs. They should improve on third down and commit fewer penalties. But they won’t be winning week in a week out with multiple 50+ yard scores. And Alex Smith is not going to play out his mind every game.

Alex Smith’s play is also not sustainable… except where it is

Smith had a great game last Thursday against the Patriots. A great game. Four touchdowns, no turnovers, 368 yards, 80% completion percentage. It’s almost certain he will not be repeating that on Sunday. It was one of the…

click here to read the rest of this story

Share this post

Post Comment