Thursday, September 19, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Chiefs 26, Eagles 16
By Adam Teicher
PHILADELPHIA -- A few thoughts on the Kansas City Chiefs' 26-16 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night:
What it means: The Chiefs are 3-0 for the first time since 2010, and they are, for the time being, all alone in first place in the AFC West for the first time since they won the division that same season. (Denver would move back into a first-place tie by winning on Sunday.)
Stock watch: Linebacker Justin Houston had 4.5 sacks, topping the three he had in the season-opening win in Jacksonville. He leads the league in sacks with 7.5. Jamaal Charles overcame a slow start to rush for 92 yards and a touchdown. Rookie tackle Eric Fisher had another lousy game; the Eagles frequently took advantage of him in their pass rush. Actually, it wasn't a strong night for the offensive line as a whole. The other tackle, Branden Albert, was penalized twice for lining up in the backfield instead of on the line of scrimmage.
Avery’s big night: It wasn't quite a career game for wide receiver Donnie Avery, but he carried the Chiefs’ passing game. Avery had seven catches for 141 yards, dwarfing the contributions of any other receiver. Charles had also seven catches, but those produced just 80 yards. Avery's career bests are nine catches and 163 yards.
Turnover party: For the third straight game, the Chiefs didn't commit a turnover. On the other hand, they took the ball away from the Eagles five times. But they scored only 13 points off those takeaways. Safety Eric Berry scored a touchdown on a 38-yard interception return, but otherwise the Chiefs managed just two field goals. The Chiefs entered the game having scored a touchdown on each of their five trips inside the opponent's 20-yard line this season; they were just 1-for-6 Thursday night.
What’s next: The Chiefs are off until Sept. 29, when they return to game action against the New York Giants at Arrowhead Stadium. With a victory, the Chiefs would be 4-0 for the first time since 2003.