After the Philadelphia Eagles debuted their Chip Kelly led offense in week one, many NFL pundits wondered however in the world another team would be able to stop the high powered unit. The Eagles ran 77 plays in their opener and might have run as many as 90 had Kelly not taken his foot off the gas in the second half. Well here’s a memo for the swooning pundits: The league has already figured out a way to slow down the Kelly offense.
After defeating the Washington Redskins in week one, the Eagles have now fallen to 1-2 with consecutive home losses to the San Diego Chargers and last night losing to the Kansas City Chiefs 26-16.
In the last two weeks, opposing teams have run more plays than the Eagles as the Philadelphia defense has struggled to get opposing offenses off the field. The Chargers and Chiefs held the ball 40 and 39 minutes each respectively.
The Chiefs have now won more games in their first three this season than they did all of last season. QB Alex Smith has been the quintessential game manager, throwing for 669 yards and four scores in those games, while committing no turnovers. Turnovers have been key for the Chiefs success early on. While forcing nine turnovers, the Chiefs have not surrendered the ball once in three games.
While the season started bright for the Eagles, weaknesses in their team are becoming more apparent each week. The defense is unable to stop anyone. Michael Vick is starting to turn the ball over with two interceptions and two fumbles in three games. Vick is also taking a beating, receiving multiple hits and has been sacked 10 times already in three games.
Things are not going to get any easier to the Eagles moving forward. Their next three games are on the road, starting in Denver while five of their next seven are road games. Philadelphia is going to have to find a way to stop opponents on the field or it’s going to be a long rookie season for Chip Kelly and his club.