The Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs meet on Sunday after both clubs looked strong in Week 1. The Chiefs kicked the 2017 NFL season off against the New England Patriots last Thursday in Foxboro, shocking the world. The Chiefs made it look easy against the defending Super Bowl Champions, beating them by a score of 42-27. It was a whopping that no one could have predicted.
It’s one thing to predict that the Chiefs were going to win the game, which was a bold move as well, but to say they’d win by two touchdowns was unheard of. The Chiefs’ offense looked like something we’ve never seen before. Alex Smith played confidently and was delivering the ball downfield more often than what I’ve seen in the past. Conversely, the Patriots’ defense looked bad, very bad.
The worse thing the Chiefs could do is relax now, though. For some teams, a win like that could end up doing more harm than good. It seems a little odd, but if a blowout against the Patriots causes them to believe it’s going to be that easy every week, they have another thing coming. With that said, the Chiefs are led by a veteran bunch, including a veteran head coach, I don’t think the win is going to hamper them. They do not have a cupcake competitor in Week 2 to follow up Week 1 with. The idea that they were going to be able to relax isn’t going to happen.
The Eagles and Carson Wentz march into KC with a win of their own in Week 1. It wasn’t nearly as impressive as the Chiefs’ win, a 30-17 win over the Redskins, but it’s a nice win on the road regardless. It’s a tough couple of weeks of the Eagles, having to play Week 1 and 2 on the road. This is where a spot in the playoffs can me made or broken, though. Wentz passed for 2 touchdowns and 1 interception last week, opening his sophomore campaign relatively well.
Wentz is coming off a pretty predictable rookie season. He threw for 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, which for a starting rookie, is about par for the course. He’s been compared to Ben Roethlisberger, and that’s just around where Big Ben was in the early stages of his career. Roethlisberger ultimately turned in a quarterback who wins game, not just acts as a guide. The Eagles are hoping Wentz will turn that corner, too. Get our free Eagles vs. Chiefs pick for Week 2 in the NFL below.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. K.C. Chiefs Betting Odds:
vs. Chiefs +6(-110)
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Eagles vs. Chiefs Pick:
Wentz must come into his own over the next couple of years. Remember, Roethlisberger had one hell of a defense behind him when he won Super Bowl 40 in Detroit. Wentz does not have that luxury, so from a team success standpoint, it’s difficult to separate the two. Nevertheless, I expect Wentz to continue to improve in 2017 and should be glad to know that Aaron Berry will be out in this one. Elite safety Eric Berry, will be out for the year with a ruptured Achilles. Depth on the backend of the secondary is not particularly a strong point for the Chiefs all the sudden. Including Berry, Steven Nelson will be unavailable in Week 2, too.
The Chiefs’ defense did a good job preparing for Tom Brady and the Patriots’ offense. Brady looked awfully off, though, and missed a few passes he makes 99 times out of 100. The Kansas City offense looked the best it’s looked in years. Rookie Kareem Hunt stole the show last Thursday. After fumbling the very first carry of his career, he came back and ran for 148 yards and a touchdown. He also hauled in 5 balls for 98 yards an additional touchdown receiving. Hunt is the jolt the Chiefs’ offense needed, but producing consistently is the key in the NFL.
The Eagles’ defense allowed 342.8 yards per game for 20th in the NFL. They looked good against the Redskins in Week 1, holding their offense to 17 points. The Eagles will get pressure in this game, something the Patriots were unable to do. They got zero push, and Alex Smith was able to sit back in the pocket and pick them to pieces. The line in this game should be -3 or -3.5, not -6 which is the current line at Bovada/Bodog. Due to their showing last week against the Patriots, everyone will jump on the Chiefs no matter the line. I think we’re getting value on the Eagles here. I’d make a pick on the Eagles and the points.
PICK: EAGLES +6 (-110)