KC Chiefs vs. Eagles: Five things to expect in Week 4

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field on September 19, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field on September 19, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /
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Sep 19, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward (35) makes a catch before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward (35) makes a catch before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

Chiefs second-tier options should have a bigger offensive impact

Considering the defensive attention will be primarily focused on Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, look forward to Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson, and others having a much more productive day than in weeks past. The Eagles are looking to take the ball out of dynamic playmakers’ hands and “make someone else beat them” as evidence by their game against Dallas where they let tight end Dalton Schultz run wild for 80 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns, while Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb combined for 6 catches and 92 yards.

Given what this Eagles defense has shown in the previous three games, Dallas has shown a blueprint for how to exploit Philadelphia: pound the ball on the ground and take what’s given in the passing game.

Look for this to be a turnaround game for KC from top to bottom

With losses in back-to-back weeks in which the defense exhibited a “bend don’t break” mentality, allowing teams to march up and down the field, look for the Kansas City to have gone back to the drawing board defensively. With 3 weeks of film to look over, the defense understands its shortcomings, and this week against a lesser opponent should give them the opportunity to bounce back in a big way and set the table for a turnaround performance early in the season.

These losses have also been categorized by turnovers and lots of them. Look for ball security to be a focal point both in the air and on the ground. With Mahomes having 2 interceptions last week against Los Angeles, the idea will be to return to the basics, and take what the Eagles defense give them versus forcing the issue.

As for the ground game, except the same inside the tackles running approach which proved successful for Edwards-Helaire in Week 3, as well as added focus on ball security in wrapping up and ensuring they don’t give the opposing offense any more chances than they need to.