I just want to take a moment to thank Eagles management for organizing a halftime retirement ceremony to honor Donovan McNabb at halftime of Andy Reid’s first trip back to Philadelphia. We already saw a world record for the loudest crowd roar set this week. Would be nice to add the record for the longest sustained boo to the list of recent crowd achievements.
Though there might be some lingering animosity from fans, the change of scene has helped both parties. Reid’s Chiefs arrive with a 2-0 record, coming off a hard-fought victory over the Cowboys on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Eagles offense has tallied 954 yards in two games, good enough to be the 13th highest total over a team’s first two games in NFL history. Of course, that sounds more impressive until someone points out that they’re coming off a home loss to the Chargers after which Kelly admitted he wrongly benched Michael Vick for a play because he wasn’t clear on an NFL injury rule. That and clock management issues – not unfamiliar territory for the Eagles – have to be concerning but not altogether unexpected for a head coach just starting out in the NFL.
The real problem with the Eagles remains on defense. Kansas City hardly possesses a blistering offensive attack, but they are efficient and keep turnovers to a minimum. In fact, through two weeks, only the Seahawks have a better turnover differential than the Chiefs +4. Kansad City’s defense looks fairly formidable so far this season, though who knows how much of that is skewed by having one of their two games against the Jaguars. Obviously they’ll be tested this evening, but being the third least penalized defensive unit suggests at least they probably won’t shoot themselves in the foot.