It wasn’t pretty by any means, but the Kansas City Chiefs proved to be too much, especially on the offensive side, for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4 in a 42-30 victory that moves the Chiefs back to even in the standings.
The Chiefs and Eagles both came into Week 4 on two-game losing streaks, which meant someone was destined to move to 1-3. For the Chiefs, who face the Buffalo Bills in Week 5 for a key AFC matchup, it would have been disastrous to lose on the road here, but the Eagles made the win as tough as they could, giving the Chiefs defense all they could handle.
From the beginning, the Chiefs defense rolled over the Eagles with three touchdowns on three first-half drives, each one at least 75 yards or more. Mahomes had three first-half touchdown passes including a nice one strike to Tyreek Hill, who had nearly 100 yards receiving in the first half alone.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, the Eagles were able to keep pace with them given the defense for the Chiefs continued to showcase every kind of mistake that has plagued them all year. Several players were missing tackles or taking poor angles. There was clear miscommunications that even kept the Chiefs from lining up properly on defense and special teams. Penalties helped to extend some important drives as well.
It didn’t help that the Chiefs didn’t capitalize on turnovers, such as in the first half when Eagles running back Kenneth Gainwell fumbled the ball but the refs missed it. The Eagles hurried to the line to run the next play and the Chiefs never got their act together to challenge the play. The drive finished with Dallas Goedert’s first touchdown catch on the day.
The Chiefs offensive efficiency continued into the second half, although the Eagles did see a ray of light shortly after halftime when Mahomes was pressured and threw the ball behind Travis Kelce and into the hands of linebacker Eric Wilson. From there, the Eagles were unable to get into the end zone due to a penalty and settled for a 31-year field goal by Jake Elliott.
From there, the Chiefs would never look back. The Eagles did their best to stay in stride, but the Chiefs ground game churned out one first down after another to the tune of 201 yards on the day (and an impressive 6.5 yards/carry). Meanwhile, Mahomes continued to efficiently move the chains as well and even threw his two more touchdowns in the second half, both to Hill who ended the day with 186 yards and 3 touchdowns. Mahomes ended the day with a line of 24 completions on 30 attempts for 278 passing yards and 5 touchdowns to go with 1 interception.
After Hill’s second touchdown put the Chiefs up 12 in the fourth quarter, the Eagles had Devonta Smith deep for a touchdown but a penalty (their ninth on the day) brought it back and they could not convert on a fourth down attempt. From there the Chiefs added another score on a deep strike to a wide-open Hill in the end zone for a 19-point lead. The Eagles were able to add a late touchdown pass to Greg Ward with seconds left, but it was too little too late at that point.
The Chiefs will now look ahead to another primetime matchup, this time against the Buffalo Bills in Week 5 on Sunday Night Football.