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This week's matchup will feature our top teams from both sides of the ball. The Philadelphia Eagles are at home, and ranked the number one team in our Offensive Hog Index. They also are the only offense to have a top ten ranking in every category we use. The Kansas City Chiefs are on the road and feature the top defensive front in football. They also are the only team to have a top ten ranking in every category in the Defensive Hog Index.
To say this is going to be fun is an understatement. Michael Vick and that offense versus Dontari Poe and the Chiefs defense.
The Philadelphia Eagles are an improved offense and an improved offensive line. Most would argue that the percentages for them are skewed due to the sheer number of plays they run. I would contribute it more to the productivity of their run game. Think about this, the Eagles are the number four ranked offense in ypc using our system, and have accomplished that with the third most rushing attempts in the league. That is scary productivity and to top it off they also sport the leading receiver yardage wise in DeSean Jackson.
Michael Vick is running this offense to perfection and the offensive line is playing well. For all that Todd Herremans and Lane Johnson lack in pass blocking, they have doubled that produciton in the run game. The biggest and best story nobody is talking about with the Eagles offensive line is the return of a healthy Jason Peters. When healthy and on his game, Jason Peters is the best left tackle in football. Before you disagree with me on my last statement, cut on the tape of their game versus the Chargers and watch him throw Corey Liuget around for four quarters.
The Kansas City Chiefs come in with new life and the Eagles old coach. They bring with them the 6'3" 340lb beast named Dontari Poe. Through two weeks the football community is a buzz with how dominant he's played. He has always looked the part, but he's now finally starting to put it all together. The Chiefs also have dominant edge rushers in Tamba Hali and Justin Houston and the run stuffing under appreciated Mike Devito. This defensive front compliments each other so perfecty now that Poe is playing at this level. With his 3.5 sacks up the middle and dominant run defense it is forcing things to the edges. The biggest contributor to this defense success so far is their efficiency on third down. They are holding opponents to 26.67% on third down which is good for second in the league behind only Detroit. What do both of those teams have in common? Dominant interior defensive lineman.
Thursdays game will come down to the Chiefs offense being able to sustain drives, and Jason Kelce's ability to handle Dontari Poe. Poe is pacing the defense and the Eagles are wearing people down with their rushing attack. Pay close attention to the Tamba Hali vs. Jason Peters matchup on the left side. Both seasoned veterans, who I'm sure had this game circled since the off-season.