Thursday is the night Eagles fans have been waiting for since the schedule-makers released the dates and times for this season's matchups. Former Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid will return to his coaching stomping grounds of the last 14 years and will witness his former quarterback, Donovan McNabb, have his number retired in front of the fans at Lincoln Financial Field. Oh, and there is also a football game on Thursday night.
The Eagles enter Week 3 at 1-1, tied for the division lead and with the ability to pull away from the Giants and Redskins with a win against the visiting Chiefs. Kansas City is at 2-0 with optimism surrounding their new regime, which just so happen to be led by Reid. The Eagles' defense will be in for major tests against running back Jamaal Charles and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, while the offense will deal with pass rushers like Justin Houston and Tamba Hali along with cornerbacks Sean Smith and Brandon Flowers.
For the Eagles to win this game, the offense needs to spread the field and make the Chiefs' secondary work, so that LeSean McCoy can have easy access to holes. On defense, the Eagles just need to competent. This will likely be a high-scoring game, so Philadelphia needs to pressure quarterback Alex Smith and get the ball out his hands.
When and Where to Watch
The Philadelphia Eagles lead the all-time series against the Chiefs with a record of 4-2. The Eagles have won the last three meetings, with Andy Reid coaching for all three wins. The last loss to the Chiefs was in 1998, before Reid took over as head coach.
The last game game between the Chiefs and Eagles was on September 27, 2009. The Eagles won at home 34-14. Kevin Kolb was the starting quarterback and was 24-of-34 for 327 yards and two passing touchdowns. He also added another score on the ground. DeSean Jackson had 149 receiving yards and a touchdown in the game. LeSean McCoy added 84 rushing yards and a touchdown of his own.
Former Eagles on the Other Sideline
WR Chad Hall (2010-2011)
LB Akeem Jordan (2007-2012)
S Quintin Demps (2008-2009)
HC Andy Reid (1999-2012)
OC Doug Pederson (2009-2010 as coach, 1999 as player)
WRs David Culley (1999-2012)
ST Dave Toub (2001-2003)
RBs Eric Bieniemy (1999 as a player)
DL Tommy Brasher (three separate times; latest 2012)
Brad Childress (1999-2005)
DBs Al Harris (player as 1998-2002)
TEs Tom Melvin (1999-2012)
QBs Matt Nagy (2008-2012)
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