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Chiefs Host Eagles As Doug Pederson Returns To Arrowhead

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Chiefs Host Eagles in Week Two

The Kansas City Chiefs kick off their home opener with a visit from the Philadelphia Eagles. Kansas City is playing their first game since their playoff loss to the Steelers back in January; their first home playoff game since 2010. They’re looking to continue their sharp play from week one. Reid and the Chiefs are playing the Eagles for just the second time since Reid was fired in 2012. Not only is Reid playing his former team, but also his protegé. Here are a few things to watch for when Doug Pederson returns to Arrowhead.

Doug Pederson Returns to Arrowhead

For the first time in their coaching careers, Andy Reid and Doug Pederson will face off on Sunday. Pederson, who had been working with Reid for the majority of his career, took the Eagles head coaching job in January of 2016. Pederson was the Kansas City’s co-offensive coordinator at the time. Since both coaches are very familiar with one another, their game plan must be creative.

Can Alex Smith Keep it Up?

After an impressive performance against the Patriots in week one, Smith looks to continue his hot play in week two. His fantastic play earned him AFC player of the week honors, as well as the FedEx Air player of the week. With the lack of pass rush from the Patriots, Smith was able to settle in and throw on target passes down the field. It will be interesting to see how Smith handles pressure from the very talented Eagles defensive line, along with his former offensive coordinator Doug Pederson on the other end of the field. In Smith’s lengthy career, he has never thrown for 300 yards in consecutive games. Tyreek Hill will look to get open often and contribute to another solid game from Smith.

Tyreek Hill

Dating back to last season, Hill has six games with a touchdown of 60 or more yards, which is the most in NFL history. During the whole offseason, the Chiefs were hoping to get the Smith-Hill connection going. Here are a couple of plays the Chiefs were expecting from Hill. With Darby out for the Eagles, Hill will look to be a big target for Smith.

Life Without EB

With Eric Berry gone for the year, the Chiefs secondary will be tested. Steven Nelson is also on IR, which leaves Kansas City thin in the secondary. The Chiefs will lose one of their big-play guys. Eric Berry has a history of making game-changing plays. Ron Parker will play a big part in how the Chiefs secondary will perform. If Parker can take the role of Berry during his absence, the KC can look to Daniel Sorensen or Eric Murray in the other safety spot. This Chiefs defense needs to find a way to keep Blount and the Philly’s running backs out of the end zone. The Chiefs squandered three touchdowns to Gillislee in week one. They will look to rebound against the run this week, but without Berry, this could be tough.

It will be interesting to see if Alex Smith can lead this offense once again. Kareem Hunt is looking to continue his success from week one. Peters looks to continue his dominance on the left side of the field. A healthy Justin Houston looks to disrupt quarterbacks all season, Carson Wentz specifically this week. Kansas City will try to please their fans after a disappointing loss in January. The Chiefs are looking to disrupt Wentz, and continue to stretch the field for downfield plays. When Doug Pederson returns on Sunday, we’ll see how he actually matches up against his teacher, Andy Reid.