Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid waves to fans as he leaves the field after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Five Keys to Victory: Chiefs vs. Eagles Follow Up



Here we are once again, Addicts, doing the follow up to “Five Keys to Victory” after a Chiefs win. As always, my original post will be in normal type and my follow up comments will be in bold. Let’s see how we did this week.

Key #1: Let the Dogs Out Against Michael Vick

What? Too soon? I had to take that shot. Seriously though, I want Vick to watch the game from his back as much as from the sideline. I want Dontari Poe to double his sack count for the season on Vick. I want Justin Houston to set up a ten in the back field. I want Tamba Hali to get on the sack board and get his hands on Vick. When Vick is pressured, Vick runs. When Vick runs, Vick fumbles the ball and throws picks. The Chiefs have to blitz him until he’s crying for his mom to bring him some Campbell’s Chunky Soup. Oh wait…that was the other Eagles quarterback.

The Chiefs got after Vick early and often. Just as I asked for, Houston was in the back field a lot, racking up 3.5 sacks. Tamba Hali got on the sack board with one sack of his own. He could have had more if he was more concerned about sacking Vick than trying to force a fumble. The thing that didn’t happen was Poe getting a sack last night. However, he was being double teamed most of the game and still was able to collapse the pocket, making Vick uncomfortable.

Key #1: Achieved

Key #2: Grind the Ball

Coach Reid has been criticized most of his career for not slowing down the game, running the ball and controlling the clock when that was what needed to be done. The Eagles offense can’t be “offensive” if they’re watching the Chiefs offense from the sidelines. Jamaal Charles, Cyrus Gray and Knile Davis should all be prepared for a healthy dose of carries tonight, so the Chiefs can own the time of possession battle.

While the Chiefs still threw a lot more than this fan base is accustomed to, they ground it out when they needed to. This was no more evident than the drive in the fourth quarter that went 75 yards and took more than eight minutes off the clock. The Chiefs did, in fact, own the TOP battle, as I said, controlling two thirds of the game, only allowing the Eagles to have the ball for 20 minutes.

Key #2: Achieved

Key #3: Expose the Eagles D for What they Are

After two weeks, the Eagles defense is sitting around the bottom of the league in all major categories. Some say it’s because there are only two weeks’ worth of stats to pull from, but I say it’s because they’re not that good. We were told there would be “Bombs over Baghdad.” I’m still waiting for them to start falling. The Eagles offense will score points, and the Chiefs “O” is going to have to keep pace with them. Facing a mediocre “D” will help them do this.

Yeah, about this one. I may have slightly underestimated the Eagles defense. The Chiefs offense definitely has some work to do, but I don’t think Philly’s defense is as horrible as they were originally made out to be. They played tough when then they had to and the only “Bomb over Baghdad” was a failed Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half. At least we know that Smith can launch the ball for 45 yards if he has to…only after he does three spin moves in the backfield, does the hokey pokey and proves once and for all that it truly is “what it’s all about.”

Key #3: Not Achieved

Key #4: Special Teams…special teams…echo…echo…

I’m going to keep beating this drum until it happens. We were promised special teams play that is “out of this world.” It flashed in the preseason before the roster tweaking that happened after the final preseason game. Since then, all the special teams have done is allow blocked kicks and fumbles. A punt and/or kick return for a touchdown can be a game changer with the swing of emotion and momentum that’s involved. If there was ever a game that the visiting team could use that, it’s this game.

Hey guys, glad you could finally join the party! Other than the Dexter McCluster fumble (which he quickly recovered, so we’ll overlook) the special teams started to regain some of their glimmer. Chiefs kick returner Quentin Demps looked really good on the couple of opportunities he had, and very nearly broke one to the house. I’m hoping with ten days of rest, perhaps we’ll see more of this improvement next time.

Key #4: Achieved

Key #5: Control the Turn Over Situation

Perhaps the biggest (unsung) improvement this team has had since last season is the dramatic swing in the turnover game. After two weeks, the Chiefs are +4 in the turnover column. That means they’ve forced four more turnovers than they’ve had. For those keeping score at home, the 2013 Chiefs haven’t turned the ball over a single time this season, and they’ve forced two fumbles and had two picks. That’s sure a damn sight better than last year. That needs to continue into tonight.

The Chiefs have continued to play mistake free football, going three full games without turning the ball over. The Eagles weren’t so lucky. On the night, the birds from Philly turned the rock over five times. Vick who, prior to the game, was alongside Alex Smith as one of four un-intercepted QBs in the league was picked off twice in the game. One of those was the fulfillment of a childhood dream of safety Eric Berry as he returned the ball for a touchdown giving the Chiefs an early 10 – 0 lead. Right now the Chief lead the league in turnover differential with a +9. That could be a huge reason they’re 3 – 0.

Key #5: Achieved

It’s fun to be a Chiefs fan again, Addicts! What do you think about the Chiefs? Did they meet your expectations last night? Sound off below!



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  • Justin R Groth

    Man I love winning but God help us if the D has a bad game. Our O looked weak.

    • superman_25_58

      we will pick back up when our top 2 TE’s get back bc the new TE got tore up a few times

  • Deaudrey Dre-Mac MacDonald

    Jason the only thing that bothered me was all of the play action when we wasn’t running the ball!!! Now Andy knows he has JC in the backfield granted he can break 1 at anytime… But because of the rook at RT and no Fasano we can’t afford to have Chase Daniels trying to win us games. We need Alex all season. We have to do what we did in the 4th quarter in the 1st. Avery can be a weapon but I thought DWayne Bowe was going to be on a milk carton bythe end of the game. We have some work to do but if it gets better we can beat the bronco’s and march into the playoffs this year. Also I like the new tightend Sean “Duck Dynasty” McGrath. That beard has animals living in it!! Lol

    • berttheclock

      Bowe was being double teamed, which is one of the reasons Avery kept getting open underneath. In addition, the Chiefs really didn’t have the luxury of having an extra TE to stay in and block.

    • superman_25_58

      Ya the play action calls were ridiculous at times lol. Who the hell is going to fall for play action when you haven’t been running the ball? This I do agree with that it has to get better. While I like Double D McGrath I can’t wait til our other two TE’s get back.

  • Chris Tarrants

    Still waiting for our offense to gel and become a solid-dependable unit! I’m digging the mistake free football but I want to see some form of fireworks. Other than that I am loving being a chiefs fan again! I wore my Berry jearsey today and I don’t feel ashamed of it, it’s been a long time since I could say that

  • berttheclock

    Jason, as to underestimating the defense of the Eagles, remember one of their best corners did not play against the Bolts. Many posters thought Smith could shred their defense in the manner of Rivers, but, their defense changed up with the return of that corner.

  • chief4ever

    Great Win! Lots of Props to D-line : Jackson,Poe and DeVito deserve attention too…they stand up and set up ! Great jobs Chiefs “D” and “O”. Go Chiefs !

  • berttheclock

    This 10 day break may do wonders to Special Teams, as Toub has had to insert several new players into the teams. The current teams are not the ones from training camp and pre-season play.

  • chief4ever

    Not worried about the “O” AS LONG AS we get our TE’s back soon ! Great props to McGrath , but we need Fasano and Kelce back (thought from some days in St. Joe. that Harris would be helpful, but it must be too early for him still). Go Chiefs !

  • berttheclock

    As great a job Dorsey has done in bringing in new players, I wonder why he didn’t go after Chris Harper when he was cut by Seattle. All Seattle was trying to do, and they tried to do the same with McGrath, is slip him through waivers and place him on their practice squad. Trent Baalke of the Niners saw through this and signed Harper and they are going to use him as a TE/H-Back. He was very tough for K-State.
    However, next time the coaches call for Dexter to sweep the end, try to appreciate the speed of the opposing LBs. Kendrick did a faster 40 at the combine than Dexter. 4.49 for a LB is kind of quick.

  • Blake Molina

    I’m just glad there’s 9 days of rest for the players, as well as a chance to fine-tune the special teams as offensive line