A common post the SB Nation NFL team sites have been done in the past and will continue to do throughout this season is "Which [opposing team's] player would [your favorite team's] fans take?" With the Philadelphia Eagles set to play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, it's time to address the question and familiarize yourself with the opponent's roster.
You already know who I’m going to mention first, right? Yep, it’s Kareem Hunt. It was only one game, but the Chiefs’ rookie running back already looks like a star. 246 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns on 22 touches! (Meanwhile, the fifth string running back the Eagles traded up for in the fourth round will be a healthy scratch all season long.)
Hunt would’ve been a great fit for this offense. Doug Pederson even admitted the Eagles had interest in him.
“I liked him,” said Pederson. “I did. I liked him. I thought he had a good career there in college. [He was] one of the guys that was definitely someone that we had our eye on.”
The Eagles’ run game was abysmal in Week 1; Philly gained 56 rushing yards on 24 carries for an average of 2.3 yards per carry. The blocking needs to be better, for sure, but one would be remiss to suggest the lack of actual running back talent isn’t a problem.
I know, I know — I’m beating a dead horse. Let’s move on. Who else do the Chiefs have?
Tyreek Hill said goodbye to the Pats' defense! pic.twitter.com/ITMbQeBA1U— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 8, 2017
Oh, yeah. That guy.
Tyreek Hill is pretty ridiculous. Just look at this streak of consecutive big play touchdowns he’s scored dating back to last season.
Week 14: His 78-yard punt return against the Raiders in December where the fans were chanting his name before he took it back.
Week 15: The 68-yard rush against the Titans that came three minutes into the game.
Week 16: The 70-yard rush against the Broncos the next week.
Week 17: The 95-yard punt return against the Chargers.
Week 1: The 75-yard touchdown catch against the Patriots.
Wide receiver isn’t the Eagles’ biggest need, but if I’m the Eagles I’d gladly take Hill just so that I wouldn’t have to face him.
Unfortunately the Eagles will have to attempt to cover Hill on Sunday. And Philadelphia will be without their best and fastest cornerback: Ronald Darby. This is a scary mismatch for the Birds.
Travis Kelce is another weapon the Eagles will have to deal with. Kelce and Zach Ertz have similar career numbers.
Kelce — 229 receptions for 2,902 yards and 14 touchdowns
Ertz — 255 receptions for 2,933 yards and 13 touchdowns
The difference, however, is that Kelce has played in 12 fewer games due to an injury issue he dealt with during his rookie season. Kelce has averaged 58 yards per game to Ertz’s 47.3 yards per game.
No one is going to be taking Alex Smith over Carson Wentz in this activity but the Chiefs quarterback looked great against the Patriots. Smith is an accurate passer who doesn’t throw many interceptions. He’s also pretty mobile. The Eagles will need to find a way to rattle him in order to prevent the ball from getting to Kansas City’s offensive weapons.
The Chiefs play a 3-4 defense, so there are some scheme considerations here.
With that said, Justin Houston is a beast. He had two sacks in Week 1. He’s going to give the Eagles some trouble rushing off the edge. Any defense should be glad to have him. Carson Wentz might need to pull off some more pocket elusive magic this weekend.
As far as Philadelphia is concerned, Marcus Peters would fill the biggest need. The two-time Pro Bowl cornerback had a really quiet Week 1 showing because the Patriots didn’t even throw his way. That’s the status he’s reached. The Eagles are bound to test him to some extent on Sunday because it’s not like they’re just going to not target Alshon Jeffery.
So if you were the Eagles, who would you take? Vote in the poll below (click here if you can’t see it).
Which one Chiefs player would you take on the Eagles?
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The Chiefs have one of the best coaches in the NFL. You may have heard of him. I think his name is Andy Reid.
Big Red’s had a lot of success since arriving in KC. He hasn’t been able to get very far in the playoffs (surprise!) but the Chiefs have a 44-21 regular season record under him since 2013. Philly has gone 35-30 in the same span.
Here’s a question I’d like to pose: would you hire Andy back if the Eagles could do that? Vote in the poll below (click here if you can’t see it).
Should the Eagles hire Andy Reid back if they had the chance?
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