EA­GLES (1-0) VS. CHIEFS (1-0)


USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - WEEK 2 MATCH UP - Jor­dan Hicks, Ron­ald Darby Jalen Mills Alex Smith Fletcher Cox Ka­reem Hunt, Eric Berry. Matchup to watch: Ea­gles RT Lane John­son vs. Chiefs OLB Justin Hous­ton. Player to watch: Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill. Num­ber crunch­ing: 246. Spencer Ware Tim Jerni­gan, Al

An­nounc­ers: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver

About the Ea­gles: The Ea­gles got off to a good start in what they view as a sea­son of prom­ise. Sec­ond-year QB was solid with flashes of ex­cel­lence, while the de­fense, led by DT and LB

held the Washington Red­skins to 264 yards. It also cre­ated four turnovers, one re­turned by Cox for the clinch­ing touch­down. But that de­fense took a hit when tal­ented CB went down with a dis­lo­cated an­kle, leav­ing as the top cover guy.

About the Chiefs: Kansas City’s ex­pec­ta­tions took a de­cided leap up last week with a stun­ning road vic­tory against the de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pion New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots. The good news was le­gion – the record-set­ting de­but of rookie RB a de­fense that smoth­ered Tom Brady and the fact QB

out­shined Brady. But there was bad news, too – 15 penal­ties for 139 yards and a sea­son-end­ing Achilles ten­don in­jury to SS Hous­ton says he’s re­cov­ered from the nag­ging knee in­jury that cost him most of last sea­son. He had two sacks, four quar­ter­back hits, two tack­les for loss and a key stop on fourth-and-1 in Week 1. He’ll line up mostly against John­son, who strug­gled to keep Washington’s Ryan Ker­ri­gan out of the back­field in the opener.

Last week’s 75-yard touch­down catch made Hill the first player in NFL his­tory to score on plays of more than 60 yards in five Chiefs wide re­ceiver Tyreek Hill shows great ver­sa­til­ity in mak­ing big plays.

reg­u­lar-sea­son games in a row. Those plays in­clude two rushes and two punt re­turns.

With start­ing RB on in­jured re­serve with a knee in­jury, Hunt, a third-round draft choice from Toledo, was tossed into the fray right away. Af­ter fum­bling his first carry, the kid was spec­tac­u­lar, show­ing speed, burst and vi­sion as he posted 246 yards from scrim­mage – the most ever in an NFL de­but. Cox, Hicks and DT


among oth­ers, give Philadel­phia the horses to stop the run. They helped hold Washington’s run­ning backs to 34 yards and 2.6 yards per carry.


1. Turn up the heat: With Darby out, cor­ner­back is a weak link for an oth­er­wise strong Philadel­phia de­fense. That makes the pass rush cru­cial to keep­ing quar­ter­backs from pick­ing apart the sec­ondary. Last week, the Ea­gles sacked Kirk Cousins four times and forced him to fumble twice. Those hits will need to keep com­ing.

2. Get wide­outs in­volved: The Ea­gles went on an off­sea­son shop­ping spree to find big-time tar­gets for Wentz and landed WRs

and Nei­ther was a fac­tor in the opener, but pre­vi­ously dis­ap­point­ing WR emerged at last in his new role as slot re­ceiver. Philly needs its big­gest guns to fire con­sis­tently.

Berry is a star and the team’s in­spi­ra­tional leader. The on-the-field part will be ad­dressed by big-hitting

con­verted CB ly signed vet­eran com­bi­na­tion of the three.

4. Air it out: In his 12 pre­vi­ous pro sea­sons, Smith has been the prover­bial “bus driver” quar­ter­back, mak­ing safe throws to min­i­mize risk and pro­tect the ball but mak­ing few big plays. But at New Eng­land, he bombed away for 368 yards and four TDs, in­clud­ing two passes of 75 of more yards. He could do more against Philadel­phia’s shaky cor­ners.

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