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Careless Miscues Can Doom Birds At Arrowhead

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The Eagles Need To Avoid Careless Miscues At Arrowhead

Week one is officially in the books for the Philadelphia Eagles. Philly is off to a great start after bringing down their division foes, the Washington Redskins. The Eagles snapped a five-game losing streak after avoiding careless miscues and are now looking ahead to a Sunday afternoon showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs. This game will have some extra motivation for the team and its coaching staff because of head coach Doug Pederson’s past with Kansas City and head coach Andy Reid.

Pederson And Reid Know Each Other Very Well

Pederson was the Chiefs offensive coordinator for two seasons (2013-2015) under current head coach Andy Reid. Reid doesn’t need an introduction. Anyone who calls themselves an Eagles fan should know about his history with the Birds. But the truth is, Reid has his Tribe playing some great football and the Eagles could be in trouble when they visit Arrowhead this weekend. Can the Eagles avoid the careless miscues that almost cost them at FedEx Field? It seems unlikely.

The Play-Calling Has To Improve For The Birds

Last week’s game against Washington had Philadelphia fans shaking their heads because of shaky play-calling by coach Pederson. Some fans believe that it may have cost the Eagles a chance to score a second touchdown in the first quarter. Philadelphia was up by seven and the second touchdown would have applied more pressure on Washington early in the game. But, the Eagles decided to attempt a backward pass to wide receiver Nelson Agholor that resulted in a turnover. Careless miscues like this can’t happen against Kansas City.

Carson Wentz Did Good, But Can Still Do Better

Quarterback Carson Wentz had a good game last week. His only personal mistake was an interception that resulted in six points for the opposition. This specific play could just be a bad decision and nothing more. Wentz has to avoid turnovers and not give points to a team like the Chiefs that actually have an offense that can put up points like nothing. He needs to play smarter and take what the defense gives him.

The Wide Receivers Need To Step Up

Kansas City is missing the heart of their defense. Safety Eric Berry is out for the season, which leaves a big hole in their defense. The Eagles can take advantage of this and try to take some deep shots downfield. Wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith didn’t have good debuts. They’ll be looking to bounce back against the Chiefs. Oddly enough, the wide receiver that had a good game last week was Agholor. No disrespect to Agholor, but the Eagles are doomed if he’s their most reliable receiver. Philly will need their receivers to make plays and help open things up for the running game that’s also been struggling since the preseason.

This Team Needs Their Running Game To Win Against Kansas City

As a matter of fact, if there’s a game where Philadelphia will need their running game, it’s this one. The Eagles survived against the Redskins with a lackluster running game because of Wentz and the defense. This team will need a good balance of pass and run to take down the Chiefs on their home turf. Coach Pederson needs to rotate his running backs more and mix it up when it comes to play-calling. Kansas City’s defense will feed off of the energy from their home crowd. In addition, they’ll be looking to get this special win for their head coach.


Eyes will be on Reid and Pederson because of their history together. Pederson knows Reid, and Reid knows Pederson. Can the pupil outreach the master? Not in this game. Reid has the better overall team and it’s not hard to admit that. Reid’s Chiefs are coming off an impressive victory against the New England Patriots and will be looking to add another important victory against the Eagles. Sorry Philly fans, I’m rolling with Kansas City 21-10. I hope I am wrong.