Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) carries the ball during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs vs. Eagles Stats: What The Numbers Say About Kansas City’s Win


Last night the Kansas City Chiefs became one of only five teams in NFL history to get off to a 3-0 start after losing 14 games the previous season. Andy Reid won another game at Lincoln Financial Field from an unfamiliar place, beating the Philadelphia Eagles 26-16 from the visitor’s sideline. Reid had this to say in a post-game interview with NFL Network’s Alex Flanagan:

We are 3-0. It makes the plane ride easier, but we’re still early in the year. We’ve got so much room to improve, I can’t tell you.

Let’s take a look at the numbers from the game and see what they can tell us about Thursday night’s victory for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Turnovers: 5 (Kansas City)

Kansas City Chiefs had a +5 turnover differential in their TNF game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Michael Vick threw two interceptions (the first was a pick-6 to Eric Berry that put Kansas City up 10-0). Philly’s generosity didn’t end there. Cornerback Sean Smith later picked off a pass intended for wide receiver Riley Cooper. The Eagles also put the ball on the ground four times (the Chiefs recovered three of those four fumbles). Studies suggest that teams who have a +3 or greater turnover differential in a given game win about 93% of the time. On the season, the Kansas City Chiefs are +9 in the giveaway/takeaway category.

Sacks: 5 (Kansas City)

Bob Sutton did a masterful job of putting pressure on quarterback Michael Vick on Thursday night. Sutton’s defense dumped Vick five times in the game. Justin Houston, Kansas City’s emerging superstar at outside linebacker, had his second three-sack day of the season, posting 3.5 sacks in the game. The other 1.5 sacks came from two other Chiefs’ linebackers: Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali. Kansas City as a team leads the league in sacks with 14 on the year.

Net Yards Rushing: 260 (Philadelphia)

Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy were quite the headache for the Chiefs’ run defense last night. Together they ran the ball 25 times for 253 rushing yards at an eye-popping 10.1 yards per clip. Coming into the “Thursday Night Football” matchup, the Chiefs had only surrendered 54 rushing yards per game. The bulk of Vick’s yardage came on a 61-yard scamper eight minutes into the first quarter. McCoy was a more consistent presence throughout the evening. He left the game late in the second quarter with what appeared to be a very serious injury to his right leg. McCoy returned in the second half and on his first carry burst through the middle of Kansas City’s defense for a 30-yard gain. Overall, the Eagles’ run game accounted for more than 60% of their total offense on Thursday night.

Time of Possession: 39:07 (Kansas City)

Kansas City dominated the ToP battle, possessing the football for close to 40 minutes. Roughly 20% of that total can be attributed to a 15-play fourth quarter drive (with a shade over 11 minutes to play in the game). The Chiefs had the ball for 12:35 of the final frame, limiting offensive opportunities for Philadelphia. The Eagles had just 12 offensive plays on three drives in the fourth quarter.

Penalties: 9 for 65 yards (Kansas City)

This is the second consecutive week that the Chiefs have committed at least 9 penalties (they were flagged 10 times in the game against the Cowboys). Over half of those yellow flags were simple mental errors. Kansas City was thrice penalized for illegal formation, Alex Smith was responsible for a delay of game penalty, and Brandon Albert contributed a false start. Those infractions point squarely to a lack of focus. The Chiefs committed only one penalty defensively, when safety Eric Berry was dinged for a third quarter illegal contact penalty. Andy Reid likes a disciplined football team so I suspect he’ll work on minimizing these mistakes as the season wears on.

Donnie Avery: 141 receiving yards (Kansas City)

Philadelphia’s defensive coordinator Billy Davis made a concerted effort to take Dwayne Bowe away last night. For most of the evening, Bowe was bracketed and unable to help Kansas City’s passing offense. In situations like those, it’s up to your secondary and tertiary receivers to take advantage of 1-on-1 matchups. Five-year veteran receiver Donnie Avery did exactly that hauling 7 passes in for 141 yards. He did most of his damage on crossing routes. Three of those catches helped convert key third down situations. Avery was one of just two offensive skill position players (the other being Charles) to make a real contribution last night.

DeSean Jackson: 62 receiving yards (Philadelphia)

Jackson was relatively quiet through the opening two quarters of the game. By halftime, he had just one catch for nine yards. He finished the game with only three. The longest of his three receptions came on a third down play where he beat Brandon Flowers up the right sideline for 40 yards. Jackson benefited from Flowers playing man coverage and Kendrick Lewis, the single high safety, not having time to get over and help. For the most part, Bob Sutton was able to keep Jackson in check. If you take away the big play, DeSean Jackson catches only 2 balls for 22 yards.

The numbers tell two very different stories about this football team, but it’s clear that Reid was ultimately right about them. There’s plenty of room left for the Kansas City Chiefs to grow. Time will tell if they can continue to mature and learn from the mistakes they’ve made through the early part of the 2013 season.

Are there any particular stats, from last night’s game, that got your attention? Use the comment section below to tell us about them. As always, we appreciate your readership and support!

Until next time, Addicts!

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  • Kurt Rauch

    How about 13 plays and 8 minutes of a field goal drive to seal the victory? That was awesome!! Twice now, this team has controlled the clock in the 4th quarter when needed. Can there be any greater testament to a team’s potential superiority?

    • berttheclock

      Great testimony to the coaching staff to make necessary adjustments.

      • sidibeke

        And an O line that can run block when asked, and the other team knows it’s coming. O line still needs work, but I like that part they’ve shown me thus far.

    • KCMikeG

      For all the complaints about the offense they have had long time consuming points that have put the defense in a great position. I believe our offense is 100% converting Red Zone scores (TD or FG). Our OL will gel as Fisher develops and adjusts to the NFL level play. Hudson is back after missing a year and Allen is starting for the first time. Over the next few weeks they will come together, our TE’s will return and AS11 will continue to develop rapport with the receivers and greatness will follow!

  • berttheclock

    As to that illegal contact call against Berry, I still believe the NFL should adopt the NCAA rule. Berry had position down field and Celek ran directly into him. I don’t believe the pass was in the air, yet, but, Vick threw the pass towards a different direction. Whether it was in the air or not, it did not look as though Berry came up and bumped Celek. It really looked as though there was illegal contact made by Celek.
    BTW, the league has just awarded Houston one more sack.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Did they? I thought his sack total has been amended in the other direction.

    • sidibeke

      That’s how it looked to me, and then I was suspicious when the NFL network cut short the replay and never showed it. Looked like Celek ran into Berry.

    • KCMikeG

      Totally agree!! Not only was there the penalty but it erased another turnover. Celek was completely at fault running over Berry. So it is 4.5 right? Good! That’s what I counted but kept seeing different reports.

  • berttheclock

    Philly paid the price for double teaming Bowe. It left Avery to roam underneath the coverage. Love his speed after the catch.

    • Jim Harper

      Not only that but the plays called for the other receivers to block and that is what gave Avery so many extra yards.

      • John Palmer

        That game last night was purely about making philly pay for double teaming bowe. As Mr. Smith stated above, teams will probably decide against that as there were a few times where if Avery had the corner he was gone! Whoever that was who ran him down on that 2nd big play had some wheels! This offense has shown, and let me be the first to say that if needs some room for improvement which I think we can all agree on, that they can beat you a number of different ways with unknown players lol…i’ll take it! Great post/response guys

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Teams may decide against that going forward. Avery had the 2nd-best game of his career against Philly behind that.

    • John Palmer

      Berttheclock, they absolutely did and that’s why I love having a fantastic coach in Reid. I truly believe he looks out 3-4 games and plans what players/routes to use. For example, he knew he had Philly coming up and knew what type of personnel and plays to call best conducive for a win against Philly, so he didn’t tip his hand (really use Avery’s crossing routes in the Dallas game). I give credit where credit is due to John Dorsey…he’s given us very good depth by players who can contribute and now everybody knows Avery has wheels and can beat you deep. It’s going to be interesting once that OLine gels…GO CHIEFS!!

  • Troy Utt

    Mind you our Chiefs put up these numbers on 3 days rest/prep + travel to Phil… I’d say that is pretty stout!

    • Jim Harper

      That is absolutely true Troy. All in all they played lights out!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      A fair point.

  • Chris Tarrants

    The main stat that worries me in this game was red zone %. We went from being perfect on the season to having the wheels absolutely fall off? Alex is smart with the football but man he has got to learn to take some chances because our running game for two weeks straight hasn’t picked up into late in the fourth quarter and why is that? Because the defense isn’t scared of the pass and put 8 in the box and Charles has nowhere to go! It isn’t until late when the defenses are getting gassed then Charles has a few holes to hit because the backers are too winded to keep up. If we pass LONG even 10% of the passing plays then I think our running game could be opened up early and often

    • Jim Harper

      Personally I am much happier with Alex continuing to be smart with the ball and NOT take chances that end drives, not to mention time of possession. I am very happy with having zero turnovers. You will win far more games with that than you will with multiple interceptions. Have you forgotten how lousy it felt when Cassel threw his?

      • John Palmer

        Mr. Jim Harper, I LOVE reading your post as well! You always have a unique perspective on our beloved Red & Gold and I respect the fact that you always have a reference point of our Chiefs history when commenting. To your point about Alex, the biggest throw last night was that 4th quarter throw to Donnie Avery on 3rd down….it was either complete or a drop, dang near 0% chance for INT AND he protected the receiver. I love my “Game Manager”…if he can manage to get us to 10-6 or better, a playoff spot and a couple of playoff wins, I might manage to be happy lol! Manage on AS11….

        • Jim Harper

          Thanks for your kind words John. We must be kindred spirits or perhaps that brother from another mother. I used to get nervous whenever Cassel dropped back to pass because I just knew something bad was about to happen. With Alex I don’t worry about such things. Now I know at some point he will throw an interception, but I know in my heart he is going to do all he can to protect that football.

      • Suzi Conger

        For sure Jim… joke; how would Chiefs like to have ck7 instead of Alex? lol Here in the Bay, it’s been amazing how many people are hollerin they wish Alex was still with SF….I’m mega glad Alex is with AReid/Chiefs… :-)

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Tough call. Being too conservative can hurt a team, but you’re going to be in just about every game if you aren’t turning it over. We did get field goals out of those red zone trips at least. There will come a game when trading FG’s for TD’s will cost us. Hopefully we’ll see him get more comfortable as the year goes on.

      • John Palmer

        Mr. Smith, always love your articles and opinions. Maybe it’s me, but the absent of Fasano or tightend that AS11 has/had chemistry with REALLY hurt this offense last night. If he’s in the game we hang 40 spots on philly. We definitely have room for improvement but it seems the mentality to me thus far for this team has been, attack, destroy, move-on….chiefs smash, chiefs bash! Ok…maybe a little hulk coming out but that defense’s attitude is they are daring you to beat them, which is a beautiful sight to see. I am truthfully just sitting back and taking ALL of this in…love my red and gold brother! JP

        • Stacy D. Smith

          I think he’ll get comfy with McGrath until Fasano’s back.

          • berttheclock

            I read a Seattle Times article recently which addressed how well McGrath fit with the other Seahawks. Great waiver wire pickup as I believe Schneider thought he could slip him through waivers and put him on the practice squad. Sharp eye by Dorsey.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            The guy seems to have good hands.

          • KCMikeG

            Just wait until we get Fasano & Kelce on the field. McGrath is being productive as our #1 TE just imagine the damage he will do as our THIRD OPTION AT TE! Another great move by R&D!

      • KCMikeG

        Ordinarily I think you would be right but with this defense I believe the chances of FG over TD won’t cost us as long as we continue to avoid turning the ball over.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          This defense will eventually play a bad game. The offense will eventually turn it over.

          • KCMikeG

            The odds of them both happening during the same game are slim. I agree with you that the offense will turn the ball over as there have been a few near misses already but the likelihood of our defense playing bad diminishes each week unless there is a critical injury. The Eagles and Boys offenses are #9 & #10 in points per game at 26 points per game and we didn’t allowed either of them over 16 points. I know TD’s vs FG’s can come back to haunt you but if the offense keeps putting up 23.7 per game (#14 in the league) I think that will keep us on our winning ways. Plus our ST’s are bound to produce some points based on the success we saw in preseason and the near misses in taking one to the house during the first three weeks.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            If one of those things happens in a game we could find trouble trading FG’s for TD’s. Bottom line? We need to convert when we’re in the red zone.

  • Jim Harper

    The only thing I got upset with was 3 stupid penalties by Albert. Twice for lining up to deep. The guy is getting paid over $9 mil for crying out loud. He needs to keep his head in the game.

    • berttheclock

      The second call for not lining up properly was really ridiculous. Geez, if you are flagged once by the refs, don’t you think the refs are watching you? Trying to fudge backwards towards Lancaster wasn’t the smartest play that second time.

    • Jordan

      Albert looks like ass he should humble himself and take kc’s next offer if he even gets one because he is embarrassing

    • Suzi Conger

      me too and ditto

  • Mark Bustamante

    Way to many offensive penalties. When they shore these mental mistakes the offense will start to click more efficiently. Also once Avery starts to be more productive Bowe will get more looks because the opoponents defense can’t key on just one receiver.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I get the feeling that we won’t see as much coverage being rolled to Bowe going forward.

  • Suzi Conger

    Brandon Albert also committed 2 illegal formation in addition to the false start, EFisher holding, DAvery for ? It has been reported that AS11 received the impression that AReid was to throw a ‘challenge’ with the lack of ‘first down measurement’, but did not; the ‘delay’ was a lack of communication. Great game!!