Comeback Effort Falls Flat as Eagles lose on the Road by Daniel Farr
The Philadelphia Eagles fell to the Kansas City Chiefs 27-20 bringing their record to 1-1. Although the Eagles and especially their defense impressed many, they must correct some things. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz threw the ball 46 times while the team had less than 20 rushing attempts throughout the game. Wentz looked poised and full of potential, but this unbalanced attack puts to much weight on the quarterback and receivers’ shoulders. The second year quarterback went 25-for-46 , had over 300 passing yards, and two touchdowns, but another one of his passes was tipped at the line and intercepted. New Eagle, Alshon Jeffrey had seven catches, 93-yards, and a touchdown while Torrey Smith had multiple drops, and four catches for 66-yards. Tight end Zach Ertz had five catches for 97-yards. Running back, Darren Sproles was involved heavily this week and showed he's still very serviceable, but the veteran had a costly fumble. While the Eagles turned the ball over twice, their new kicker, Jake Elliot missed a 30-yard filed goal as well. These miscues truly hurt the Eagles, who were quite the underdog going into this game. The Eagles defense proved that they are very solid, they constantly got pressure on Alex Smith who went 21-for-28. Smith had over 200 passing yards and one-touchdown. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce played well, he grabbed eight passes for over 100-yards and a touchdown. Philadelphia did a great job containing the elusive Tyreke Hill, but allowed Kareem Hunt to score on a 53-yard touchdown run. Hunt only had 81-rushing yards, proof of how dominant the Eagles’ defense was. Doug Pederson, head coach of the Eagles, has to call more run plays to help out the defense, his quarterback, and the receivers. Even in a losing effort, Philadelphia appears to be very tough and even a top-eight team in the NFL. The Eagles have their first home game of the season next Sunday, and will face the New York Giants in a divisional battle.