Kansas City Chiefs aim to avoid distractions vs. Philadelphia Eagles


Instead, the hard-rushing Houston was in the way. Alex Smith's numbers through two games this season are arguably the best of any quarterback in the NFL. Back to the running game.

When Sam Bradford's coach says "Maybe the next week".

Ever-volatile Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce incurred a 15-yard flag for taunting after Kareem Hunt's 53-yard touchdown run.

The oxygen was sucked from the Eagles, it seemed. The Chiefs scored on their next two possessions. There is a lot to look forward to with this kid being the face of the team. A minor consolation for the Chiefs cheerleader here is that cameramen of all kinds have a long and inglorious history of being involved in wipeouts, and usually they're the ones being wrecked. For Wentz, the decision was easy. Maybe Colin Kaepernick? I bet we see Kyle Sloter come in, who led the preseason in passer rating. "The crown on my helmet hit me in my eye", the Chiefs' gregarious defensive tackle said.

"If I had that play back, I guarantee that I'd make it and we'd be getting ready for the Giants". We had two turnovers. But what is there to take away from the win and the still-perfect record?

Quarterback Carson Wentz had a good game last week. On the next play, he scrambled left and dashed 13 yards to the sideline-ending with a dive to the stick-for a critical third-down conversion. The potential for big plays between the two is clearly there, they just need to work out the nuts and bolts through practice. After fumbling away his first career National Football League carry, the dynamic running back proceeded to torch the New England defense in Week 1, racking up 246 total yards and three scores in his debut. That might sound good, but it's not a positive.

The run game is bad, granted, and while the offensive line has struggled to create holes for backs that have been disappointingly slow to hit them, it's hard to blame the players when the sample size is so small. The only problem for the Eagles defense going into week two is the loss of their newly acquired star corner Ronald Darby, who will miss 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury. It's not one thing, one guy. Case Keenum struggled to get anything going in Bradford's absence, throwing for 167 yards on 20-of-35 passing. Hunt has also emerged as a solid pass-catching threat, which has been a staple of the Chiefs offense in recent years.

The case can certainly be made a few more runs would've benefited the Eagles - though there's not much evidence to support that claim. Crucially, he was sacked six times. "It wasn't, so from that standpoint, It was tough sledding later in the game when sometimes you want to rely on that run game". "However the game plays out, we try to find a way to win at the end and mistakes obviously cost us today".

Green Bay Packers (1-0) at Atlanta Falcons (1-0), 8:30 p.m. NBC: This is a rematch of last year's NFC Championship game that ended in a blowout victory for the Falcons.

Anybody who reads the Eagles postgame grades with any regularity knows complaints about Doug Pederson's pass-happy play-calling are a staple.