Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (34) is pursued by Kansas City Chiefs linebackers Justin Houston (50) and Akeem Jordan (55) and defensive lineman Mike DeVito (70)at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs vs. Eagles: Kansas City Beats Andy Reid’s Old Team


The Kansas City Chiefs came into Lincoln Financial Field as the three point underdog. The Philadelphia crowd cheered when Andy Reid entered the field wearing foreign red, but that was the last time during the game any good will was sent his way.

From the jump, Kansas City’s defense dominated the game. Eric Berry was able to fulfill a lifelong dream and return a Michael Vick interception for a touchdown. The defense didn’t look back.

While the Chiefs offense continued to struggle (especially Alex Smith whose nearly 273 passing yards are quite deceptive) Charles ran the ball well when he was given the opportunity. All in all, Charles carried the ball 20 times for 92 yards and caught seven passes out of the backfield for another 80 yards of offensive production. Another standout offensive player tonight was Chiefs wide receiver, Donnie Avery who had an astonishing 141 yards of receiving. Avery was really the “go to guy,” especially on third down and long when Avery converted three third downs that were longer than 15 yards to go.

However, as is their style thus far this season, the Chiefs offense scored when they needed to, driving down the field and scoring on a Charles touchdown on the ground. Alex Smith, who struggled throughout the game, was nearly perfect on the drive and several members stepped up on the drive, including new fan favorite, tight end Sean McGrath.

But, to take anything away from this Chiefs defense, would be an injustice. They are the talk of the league right now, from watercoolers to ESPN. Tonight, perhaps, they proved that they are a legitimate force in the NFL.

On the night, the defense had six sacks, including a huge four and a half sack performance from linebacker Justin Houston. Houston also had a forced fumble and recovered the ball on the Eagles’ final offensive play of the game. If Houston doesn’t receive the AFC Defensive Player of the Week again this week (he also won in week one) it will be a crime.

Also having a huge game tonight was fourth year safety Eric Berry. As I said earlier, he returned a pick for a touchdown early (marking Michael Vick’s first interception of the season). He also played lights out in coverage. Cornerback Sean Smith also had a pick against Vick on the evening, which was all due to the pressure put on the Eagles’ signal caller.

This was a tough fought win against a good Eagles team. Having only three days off between games is rough on anyone; I don’t care who you are. The good news is, the Chiefs will now have ten days to prepare for the next NFC East opponent in as many weeks: the New York Giants.

The Chiefs move to 3 -0 which is more than any Chiefs fan could have hoped for, but they’ve done it every which way possible. While the offense has a long way to go, and fans are still screaming for Smith to throw more than nine yards at a time, no one can argue with the fact that the Chiefs are still undefeated. Granted, it’s only three games into the season, but who’s counting. Right now, they are the sole leaders in the AFC West, until the Denver Broncos play the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football, that is.

What did you think, Addicts? What did you see tonight? Let us know!

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  • Danny W

    Defense is as good as anyone in the league. Offense is good when were in the running formation and throw from there. Smith had time to throw much of the game. Granted the offensive line had it’s moments but he looked uncomfortable back there all night and had time to convert.

    • Jim Harper

      In the second half the OL kept breaking down which made AS did not have time to go through all progressions. It is so cool to see him do that and then when it ain’t there he does not panic and cause turnovers.

    • Dfrey87

      Yep 5 sacks 6 hits and like a million pressures is all day to throw right? The line was horrible until the 4th qtr. Ant what point did he look uncomfortable? I seen him hit the open man when he had time. If he can still complete 63% of his passes when he so called uncomfortable I’m happy. I just wanna know what game you were watching cuz it wasn’t the Cheifs game. For the most part the time AS11 had was because he made it him self by moving the pocket. They were rushing three at our line and still getting pressure. This is the weakest link on our team, the O line and the WR not getting separation.

  • Aaron

    AS must start throwing the ball down field. Guys are open, he just checks down entirely too much. Our defense is LEGIT!!

    • Jim Harper

      SHUT UP Have you ever heard of ball control and eating up clock? Do you realize they ate up over 8 minutes on their 4th quarter drive? Jesus you guys need to get off of AS. He is the best thing to happen to KC since Montana only much younger!

      • superman_25_58

        Well while he may be that he did still miss wide open WR’s

      • Derek

        You’re a fool! He’s comparable to a weak armed Trent green. Trent was a better thing than Alex will be. You saw it last night. Granted his line didn’t help for shit but too many times he missed easy throws to open check downs even. He had one decent drive–decent because too many desperate third and longs; avery bailed him out all night otherwise KC nearly gave phili the game AFTER phili tried to give it to us first lol. If this is the kind of happy feet football we can expect for all season then playoffs are out of the picture and frankly KC should be a wild card contender regardless of who the QB is with all the other weapons on this team and what should be the best ground game in the entire AFC

      • paul pace

        I totally agree with you! The guy is getting the job done so what else can you ask of him!

  • Spencer

    Offensive line has a lot of work, Fisher really needs to work on his explosiveness/ability to react to a defensive player faking going to the outside then batting his hands down and going to the inside, its happened every game so far. He’s young and athletic, but he has a lot of work to do, this 10 day break will be big for him. Middle of the O-Line same issues, most of them are better blockers down the field at the 2nd level rathr then the 1st level (Asamoah is exceptional/if not one of the best guards blocking down the field at the 2nd level, at the 1st level/line of scrimmage is another thing)

    Smith, needs to throw it deep, but he did what he always does and will always do, he didn’t do anything stupidly stupid. He played within his talents and didn’t force it, something you can’t say about our last starting QB, at this point that is what we need most.

    Defense, well its great, Poe is just a monster. This Linebacker corps might be the best in Chiefs History, and yes that is saying a LOT, the secondary has stars its self, its a complete group.

    Offense is proving to be “clutch.” It pulls through when you least expect it and in the 4th quarter, they have at least in these last 2 weeks done what has been needed of them, nothing more, but if you win you shouldn’t ask for too mcuh more.

    • formerbagger

      I agree with many of your observations. These Chiefs are explosive and scary on defense in so many ways. The linebackers are very good, but not quite to the level of Bobby Bell and Willie Lanier, two HOFers. Sutton has done what Crenel could never dream of doing.

  • ArrowFan

    I the Offensive strugles are due to two main reasons. First the O line is figuring things out, two this unit as a whole has only played together for like two or three mounths. Wow what a D. Great thinks coming.

  • ArrowFan

    Avery Avery Avery. It looks like Bowe will not be double teamed for much longer.

    • paul pace

      Here, here!

  • ArrowFan

    Demps needs to be the only guy returning KO period.

    • CHIEFFANINAZ

      Agreed , what in HELL was mccluster returning kickoffs.

  • ArrowFan

    Epic Beard time. I’m not shaving for the rest of the season.

    • BigGil

      I might say the same but I only shave once every four months or so anyway… ;-)>

  • berttheclock

    How can anyone keep yelling for Alex Smith to throw the ball deep? For a great part of the game, he had to leave the pocket as the offensive line was not giving him protection. The offensive line keeps being the weakest part of this team. Yes, they did come together late to sustain an exceptional drive. But, no QB in the NFL can throw deep when they have no time to set up. To his credit, Alex Smith refuses to try to make something out of nothing. However, also, to his credit, the play of the game for the Chiefs was the 3nd and ten from the five when Alex threw a pass into very tight coverage of Avery and Avery made the critical grab. That set the tone for the remainder of the game as the Chiefs went on a huge time killing drive. Remember, many thought Avery was a poor pickup as he had been known to drop passes at Indy. Of course, he has just come off an extremely long recovery time and was not really back to being able to play 100 percent, both mentally and physically. To his credit, John Dorsey made a huge pickup when he brought Avery to the team.
    Now, practice, practice, practice and go 4-Zip.

    • BigGil

      He did well enough last year, that I felt okay about it, and, after looking at his statline thought (poor man’s Mike Wallace, maybe?… there stats were very similar last year). Long way to go to cement that thought, but I really like what I saw from him tonight. More, please.

    • CHIEFFANINAZ

      Absolutely agree , I am completely thrilled with no turnovers , but that being said he can “waste” one every now and then on something deep just to help open up things a little . Please just fling it deep . I don’t even care if it’s uncatchable , ( actually preferred if it it means a pick ) . Have I said I want him to throw it deep enough yet ….. Sorry . GO CHIEFS

  • obrien5

    I saw a reason to get Bowe back to single coverage, his name is Donnie and the Chiefs are no longer a one show pony when it comes to receivers!

  • berttheclock

    Mr Sutton really did his homework.

  • BigGil

    I’ll definitely feel much better about this team when the offense starts doing better things more consistently. God love the defense, and ST errors are getting less serious (Game 1- blocked punt/safety, Game 2- blocked FG, Knile muffs kickoff but immediately recovers, Game 3- McCluster drops kickoff, but immediately recovers… maybe Game 4 eliminates all errors?). Right now though, not turning the ball over and the defense putting the team on its back seems to be the winning (though almost certainly unsustainable) formula.

    • sidibeke

      But when the lineup to run in the 4th quarter, they can run. That’s impressive.

      • BigGil

        They definitely have pulled through when it matters most (last week and this), but I definitely can’t wait until a couple weeks from now when they’re gelling more, and can get the kind of TDs they could’ve/should’ve gotten tonight. (I’m only 27 but my heart won’t be able to take much more soon).

    • Dfrey87

      The offense is doing what it has to, to win the games. They put up 19 of the 26 points that’s still enough to win tonight. The offense does still need a lot of work ( I.e. the O line, needs to be more consistent and the recovers need to get more separation. Even when AS11 had time no one was open) but when it comes down to it in clutch time they get it done. I’m not taking anything away from the D they are amazing but you have to give credit to the O as well.

      • BigGil

        (Just to be contrary) I’ll give you 16 of 26. They were in range for the first FG due to an excellently hard to catch punt from Colquitt (love that guy), and not so much due to their O.

  • berttheclock

    Now, Jamie Dukes, do you still believe the Chiefs only have an average defense? If you say that again at NFL Network, you should be laughed off the set.

  • BigGil

    Definitely glad I picked JC up as my #1 fantasy pick. Also picked up Avery halfway through the third (before someone else thought to give him a shot).

  • Chiefswatch

    Offense actually produced when they needed to which is becoming a trend for these Chiefs. This is a defense that can carry the team and as long as we can put up 24 points or more we will be winning a lot of games. Hali needs to get his sacked secured prior to trying to rip the ball out. Houston and Poe are two of the best in the league nobody can say different. Jamaal is just amazing, how Haley ever made this guy inactive for a game is beyond all logical thought. Sean Smith was a GREAT pickup holy hell could he have removed Riley from the game any more than he did? Flowers was awesome tonight, his only problems will arise from huge receivers like Andre, Megatron and Dez should he ever see them. I could not be more happy with this team. Once this offense gets rolling (I truly believe they just need more time) watch the f out.

    • Jason Mickey

      Forget the past!

  • Jason Mickey

    We all thought they would have offensive issues. They do. I wouldn’t have imagined the pure dominance of the defense. Offensively, I hope I’m not alone, I think the will gel. This has been a team effort and the offense will only get better. I’m excited for a competitive season and even more excited for likely contention for a title. The offense may not be what we want at this time but defense CAN win a championship. Can’t wait to see how this all turns out. Easy out no more. Go CHIEFS.

    • sidibeke

      I think the O will get better, too. The offensive line has shown flashes of being good, but can be bad at times. It is also the youngest O line in the league, if I’m not mistaken. This is Hudson’s 2nd season (missing last), no? And fisher, and Allen. Schwartz and Albert are the “old” guys. I think the line will get better and AS will develop more of a rapport with the receivers. And to get either Fasano or Kelce wouldn’t hurt, either.

      • KCMikeG

        There have been numerous injuries to causing the line to be shuffled. Asamoah missed the first game, Allen has missed time too. Fisher is looking like a typical rookie (small school too) but he will come develop. Once they all get in there and have a game or two more they will gel. We forget that AS11 hasn’t played with any of these guys before, everyone is learning a new offense, JC has been banged up on top of the OL issues. It will all come together when Reid figures out how to get Bowe & McCluster involved too.

      • Jim Harper

        I got very upset with Albert tonight. Flagged twice for lining up too deep and he got beat more than usual. But I expect a guy getting paid $9 mil to not make stupid mistakes.

  • Joe Myers

    Really the defense is crazzzzy good !!! Give this offense time they seem to begetting better every week . But its going to come down to the chiefs at denver !!!!

    • sidibeke

      I disagree. I think our best chance is for a split with Den. But Peyton sucks in the post-season, so even if KC gets a wildcard (seems reasonable, AFC is down this year and KC looks legit), someone else will knock of Den before KC has to see them again.

      • Joe Myers

        Yeah I don’t think we will win it in denver win or lose tho we can make a statement to the afc west that the future for kc is vary bright …. but who knows last year we held them to 0 points in the first half . The future coukd be now !!!! …. oh at arrowhead lol

      • KCMikeG

        Dumbver just lost Clady. Peyton crumbles under pressure. They have beaten up on two really crappy defenses and given up lots of points. They won’t have their way with us – definitely not in our house!

        • BigGil

          Not only does Peyton start to crumble under pressure…. there’s a very special kind of pressure Peyton crumbles under most… interior pressure… Poe pressure… muahahaha

          • KCMikeG

            IF he makes it to week #11 which is a BIG IF without Clady it will be like Phyllis River’s “Worst Day Ever” for him at Arrowhead!

      • Jim Harper

        Don’t forget that Denver just lost Clady for the season and Manning can’t run like Vick could. Just sayin

        • sidibeke

          Love the image of Manning lost in a Houston-Poe Boy sandwich.

          • Jim Harper

            Me too!

  • ArrowFan

    I want to here from all the Pro Bowl poopers from last year who didn’t think any of these guys deserved it. How do you like me now?

    • sidibeke

      We like you all just fine. And I’m going to stick it to Pioli: I think his best picks were because of Crennel (horrible HC ,good DC and good evaluator of talent).

  • Calchiefsfan

    Imagine if Matt Cassel had been quarterback tonight. Yup, gives me chills too. Once the Philly D was worn down Charles just kept killing them. He did it last week too. Seems to be a pattern. Looks like we have a playoff contender. How many times was Hali held tonight? I wish the refs would call it from time to time. Monster D, all played great. Bring on the Giants! Really, no team scares me now. Well maybe Denver a little. We need Flowers, Fasano and Kelce to heal up. And our o line to start getting it together.

  • Blake Molina

    Three quick things to draw from this article:

    1) this defense should be feared and will be in the top 5 by the end of the year.

    2) it’s a West Coast offense, so while I’d love to see the “Bombs over Baghdad”, I will not complain about Alex Smith when he’s playing at this high level of efficiency, and most importantly, he’s not turning the ball over.

    3) I really like Sean McGrath (and Anthony Sherman)

    • KCMikeG

      Great points. Remember when many criticized the Sherman for Arenas trade? Looks like HC Reid is smarter than they thought. Sherman made THE block that got JC into the end zone and a huge 3rd down catch. What a huge value trade.

      • sidibeke

        And he has proven to be a clutch receiver when needed. Two big 3rd down conversions.

      • Jim Harper

        Right you are Mike. Sherman has turned up to be quite a find. Probably the best fullback we have had since Tony Richardson and Kimble Anders.

  • KCtitleist11

    i liked the constant pressure from poe. the man is developing into a freak. charles was running angry and getting those tough yards too. loved the gatorade bath at the end. that was so great to see the players having a good time on the sidelines enjoying the 3-0 record #bleedredandyellow

  • sidibeke

    Something I haven’t seen written yet: I liked what little I saw of Davis. He held on to the ball, and ran HARD. Got some nice yardage for us, giving Charles a spell. If he can earn the trust of Reid again, he could be a nice backup to Charles….and maybe a returner?

  • kcsparky

    Thank You Defense!!! Offense…..shades of the last 10 years……Scary! Too many penalties and mental mistakes. Run blocking has got to be a major point in upcoming practices. Our Chiefs can’t spend all game passing, didn’t work for AirCoryell in San Diego years ago…..won’t work now. The offense has to have more balance to keep opposing defenses honest. Eli Manning and the New York Giants will not be as sloppy as Vick and the Eagles were tonight. This game should have been/could have been 50 – 16. But as ugly as it was, it was a win and Da Boys are 3 -0!!!!! Go Chiefs!!!!

    • sidibeke

      I don’t know about that. Eli has, what, 7 ints so far. Could be a good day to start KC’s d in fantasy.

      • kcsparky

        Wouldn’t it be sweet to watch Eric Berry and Company tack 7 more on Eli as a gesture of “love and affection”?

      • stephan costa

        They got me 26against the Jags week #1. They got me another 22 tonight!!! Plus Charles 30 & Succop’s 14 offsets Bowie’s 1. But the most important numbers are 3-0 and 1st place baby!!!!! Yeah!!! Go Chiefs!!!!

      • superman_25_58

        I’ve started them every game this year.

    • CHIEFFANINAZ

      Jeez , where do I start . Not a fan of the chargers , but air coryell scored 40 a game but had no defense. We have a great defense and a QB that REFUSES to turn the ball over . The offense is still trying to find its way. It’s still fresh in my mind the great defense of the Derrick Thomas years , with very little offense and also the vermeil years with no defense . I’d be extremely happy somewhere in the middle . Just give it a little time. GO CHIEFS….

  • Jim Harper

    Now with a full 9 days to get ready for the Giants coming to town 4-0 looks very doable. Chance to get healthy too. It was awesome to see so many Chiefs fans at the game probably from Big Charlies, and how about the Reid look alike? It was really funny today, because all the talking heads on NFL network were sayin all day long that the Chiefs would have to score over 31 points to have a chance because the Eagles would put up at least that much. Can’t wait to see what they will have to say tomorrow.

  • cyberry

    Alex Smith throwing deep..and scoring fast might not be such a great ideal.. The Chiefs defense is extremely physical and intense.. The less time on the field will keep them fresher, especially in the 4th quarter.. If you notice those long drives do many things.. It frustrates the opposing offense not being ( Manning say’s watching the offense drives him nuts)..on the field and gives a sense of premature sense of urgency when they do get the ball… Obviously a team can’t score if they are on the sidelines..most of all the last two games we ran the ball, when everybody knew that’s what they were trying to do.. The opposing defenses seemed to be getting tired and frustrated.. because the Chiefs controlled the clock… Keeping your defense as fresh as possible allows for them to be more intense..

    If you notice..Reid speaks of getting his players “rested” often.

    just a thought…

  • John Walsh

    It was tough watching the pass rushers leak through the OL like the OL didn’t know what to do. You want Smith to throw, fine … don’t turn the pass rusher inside, straight to Smith, leaving him no time to setup and throw. If you expect him to last the season, the OL better do a better job than just the last quarter. When it came time to get the first down and keep the drive alive, Smith did it twice. When you needed to keep the defense off the field and the Eagle offense on the bench, Smith went out and chewed up and impressive 8.0 minutes of time off the clock. Sure hope the TE’s get back soon, things are very skimpy for the “O” right now. Well done, Chiefs!

  • John Walsh

    BTW, for some historical perspective, look for a Kwame Harris video on YouTube, you’ll get the gist of what people are talking about when it comes to OL’s. No single 49er player did more to kill an offense than this clown. Smith threw long passes only to watch the yellow flag fly. He almost go broken in half by a pass rusher and all Harris could do is stand there. Yes, those were the days. :)

  • Conman23

    For those of you clamoring away that Alex Smith isn’t getting the job done, just look at his QB rating for the past three games: 94.4, 95.0, 87.0
    For comparison, here are Tom Brady’s last two QB ratings: 76. 4, 71.0

    The fact is, Smith is getting the job done, and has led the Chiefs to a 3-0 record! We should be happy! This goes to show that turnover free gameplay translates to wins!

  • superman_25_58

    Any one seem to think that the refs have it out for our Chiefs? We had a whole bunch of penalties such as holds and it seemed like the refs didn’t miss none. Than you watch our D front seven and you can see the Eagles line holding Houston and Hali (the most) and I was getting so pissed bc they wouldn’t call them for holding even though it was obvious. I dunno it just seemed like they were all over us and letting things slide for the opponent in the last 2 games especially.

  • superman_25_58

    Did Houston get 3.5 or 4.5 sacks tonight? Either way NFL NETWORK nor SC can get it right. They had the final score at 23-16. Idiots!!!

    • Jason Seibel

      Houston ended up with 3.5. That was my bad. I was typing the article as the commentators were talking and they said 4.5. Sorry about that.

      • superman_25_58

        No big deal was just trying to get the stats strait lol

  • freshmeat62

    ” Charles ran the ball well when he was given the opportunity.” From that statement I’m assuming you were as frustrated as me at the play calling. I can’t ever remember a game were I was as frustrated at the offensive game plan, as last nite’s, especially the 1st 3 qtrs. Against this “high school” coach and offense, this should have been a freeking blowout.

    The offense spit and sputtered for 3 qtrs until Reid, or somebody finally decided to pull their head out, and run Charles in the 4th qtr. It was one pass play after another. I tried to find the box score to see how many pass plays the Chiefs ran, and the number of rush plays that Smith had, as all but maybe 1 of his rushes was a pass play that he had to tuck and run.

    I was hoarse from yelling at the TV and about ready to throw something thru it, but luckily I lost my satellite feed for a while because of the heavy rain going on,and was able to cool off some before the TV came back.

    That kind of play calling borders on insanity. After the game the TV crew mentioned that the previous week that Reid wanted to pass even more in the 4th qtr, but Childress told him he needed to run some clock, and then they ran Charles who made good gains and 1st downs. Thank heaven somebody on that offensive crew has some sense.

    • Jason Seibel

      I was a bit frustrated. This has been the biggest knock against Reid even during this time in Philly. Jamaal Charles is the best player on the team. He needs to get the opportunity to run the ball.

      • freshmeat62

        Agree.Charles is so good when he can go along the line, read the block, and when he sees a hole developing, shoot thru it. When he is stopped it’s usually a quick hitter where the hole never was opened for him and he runs into a wall.

  • ILChiefan

    Great win by our boys in red, but I do have a concern that I haven’t heard mentioned – the inability to get one yard on 3rd down. Three times last night the Chiefs failed to pick up only 1-2 yards and ended up punting away. I would like to see more straight handoffs to Charles, following Sherman, to simply pick it up.

  • Dominic Ridgard

    Man Andy Reid coached a smart ball game. Big Red deserved a big W. But whats been the most underrated part of this Chiefs 3-0 start?

    http://thegoalpostjournal.com/tnf-takeaways-big-red-earns-a-big-w-in-philly/