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Head coach Andy Reid returned to Philly with his Kansas City Chiefs and stunned the Eagles on a night that Donovan McNabb's jersey was retired, and that the high-flying Chip Kelly offense was to be unleashed.
The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 26-16 in a game that Philadelphia really needed to have. The Chiefs move to an impressive 3-0 to start the season.
The Eagles fall to 1-2.
McNabb was honored and Reid was cheered by the tough Philly fans, but Kelly's offense never got off the ground. This game showcased the Chiefs' defense and the five turnovers they forced the Eagles and quarterback Michael Vick into.
Safety Eric Berry intercepted Vick for an early pick six in the game. Outside Linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali combined for 4 and 1/2 sacks, and nose tackle Dontari Poe and the Chiefs' overall push made it difficult for the Eagles.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was 22-35 for 273 yards, and he did not turn the ball over. He found wide receiver Donnie Avery seven times for a 141 yards and on crucial third down plays, Avery was found open, and helped salt away the victory and keep the potent Philly offense off the field. The former Colt took full advantage of the opportunity and showed some impressive speed after the catch.
Time of possession was controlled by the Alex Smith and the Kansas City offense. Stalling in the red zone was a concern, but kicking field goals and keeping the Eagles' fast paced offense off the field was imperative.
Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton has this unit clicking and his coaching skills have turned last year's underachieving group around.
Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis maybe an up and coming talent in this league; however, he needs to lose the Rocky Balboa side line cards used to change defensive signals. Sure that card waving, hip girating, signal calling used in the college ranks is entertaining and all, but it's a little juvenile for the NFL.
Reid was stoic and focused before the game and avoided discussing his old team. After the victory he let his guard down gave several hugs to former Eagles players including Vick.
"It was strange to be on the other side of the field, I am used to be over there. But nothing beats this, this is great," Reid said smiling after the game.
After going to 2-14 last year, everyone in Kansas City agrees.