Philadelphia Eagles vs. Kansas City Chiefs Preview
Where: Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO
When: Sunday, September 17, 2017, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
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Betting on the Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
The Eagles put together a strong performance overall in their 30-17 win on the road against the Washington Redskins.
The offense as a whole had a rocky performance. The offensive line couldn’t help the running game get going, and also struggled mightily in pass protection. But despite being in constant pressure, second-year quarterback Carson Wentz had a solid night throwing the ball as he went 36-of-39 for 307 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.
The Eagles defense more than made up for the offense’s shortcomings, though, as it kept the Redskins offense quiet. Their front, in particular, completely shut down the Washington run game as just 34 rushing yards came from their running backs.
However, the defense suffered a blow as top cornerback Ronald Darby was carted off with an ankle injury. The Eagles secondary was expected to be a possible weakness this season before they traded for Darby, and it could be susceptible to big plays against the Chiefs without their No. 1 guy.
The Eagles line will have to step up and put Alex Smith under much more duress than he was against the Patriots. Philly is certainly capable of ramping up the pressure. They sacked Kirk Cousins four times and forced him to two fumbles, one of which was returned for the game-sealing touchdown.
Betting on the Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
The Chiefs certainly opened a lot of eyes as they thumped the defending champion New England Patriots, 42-27, on the road in the season curtain-raiser.
Alex Smith had an uncharacteristically huge passing game. “Captain Checkdown” went off for 368 yards and four touchdowns. However, he had his explosive weapons to thank for those numbers. Last year’s breakout rookie, Tyreek Hill, had 133 yards on seven catches, including a 75-yard score.
Meanwhile, this year’s breakout rookie, running back Kareem Hunt, stole the show with 246 total yards, including 98 yards and two receiving touchdowns.
Darby’s potential absence in the Eagles secondary bodes well for Hill’s chances of coming up with another huge game. Hunt’s explosiveness and versatility will also be a threat even against a very good Eagles front.
The Kansas City secondary also took a big hit after star safety Eric Berry suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. The Chiefs still have a lot of playmakers on that defense, though, including pass rusher Justin Houston, who looked back to his dominant best against the Pats.
The Eagles line didn’t look too great against the Redskins, and wasn’t helped by left tackle Jason Peters exiting due to a groin injury. If Peters can’t go, Wentz could once again find himself under siege against the Chiefs.
The Chiefs have an impressive home-field advantage at Arrowhead. They are 15-5 in their last 20 home games. However, they have had a hard time covering. They’re just 3-7 against the spread in their last 10.
The Chiefs (-4.5) continue to impress as their offense gets the better of the Eagles defense as they get the 24-17 home win.
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