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Chiefs 27, Eagles 20: Five takeaways from the game plus your questions and comments.

Posted by Arrowhead Pride: For Kansas City Chiefs Fans on Sunday, September 17, 2017

Andy Reid, Chiefs hold off pupil Doug Pedersen, Eagles |

5. There really is no soft spot in Kansas City's schedule this year, but if there was a softer place, it would be over the next two weeks. Andy Reid and Co. head to Los Angeles to face the Chargers and then come home for a Monday Night Football game against the Redskins before traveling to Houston to face the Texans. We could be looking at a pair of undefeated teams on Sunday, Oct. 15 if the Steelers, who also have a fortuitous run (Bears, Ravens, Jaguars), stay on course.

Instant reaction to KC Chiefs' game vs. Eagles | The Kansas City Star

The Travis Kelce Experience is a hell of a thing. This is the third consecutive game he’s taken a blank-brained penalty for what amounts to unsportsmanlike conduct. There are excuses for each one. The Steelers’ d-back pushed him first. The Patriots’ linebacker forearmed his facemask. Maybe today was just some brotherly stuff, going over to haze his sibling (Jason, who plays for Philly) a little bit.

But it’s a weekly thing now, and there is little doubt that it’s going to cost the Chiefs in a significant way.

LeGarrette Blount on his role in Eagles' offense after 1 touch vs. Chiefs: 'Ask Doug Pederson' |

"You've got to ask Doug," Blount said after the Eagles' 27-20 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. "I don't know how things are going to go next week. I can't really predict the future, that's something for him to answer."

How The 2-0 Chiefs Have Changed | 610 Sports Radio

By the time the 4th quarter came around, and really a couple minutes before the 4th quarter, the Eagles were tired of tackling Kareem Hunt. That’s when he turned it on. The Chiefs offense has been dominant in the 4th quarter. Outscoring their opponents 35-10. This has made people wonder, what’s different about this team? The answer is Kareem Hunt.

Eagles report card: Grades from 27-20 loss to Kansas City Chiefs | Carson Wentz, LeGarrette Blount, Isaac Seumao |

The impact of the poor play of the Eagles' offensive line was felt throughout the offense at large. Isaac Seumalo was a turnstile up front, Lane Johnson struggled against Dee Ford and Justin Houston, and Jason Peters allowed one of the Chiefs' six sacks.

As if the Eagles' struggles in pass protection weren't bad enough, the offense averaged just 4.0 yards per carry if Wentz's four rushes are taken out of the equation.

Wentz has now been sacked eight times through two games and the running backs have combined for 104 rushing yards as this line continues to struggle mightily getting any push up front.

Chiefs center Mitch Morse has a sprained foot | The Kansas City Star

“He’s kind of the glue for those five guys, making sure everyone is on the same page –– run and pass,” Smith said. “Then there’s a lot of unspoken communication between the center and I, especially with Mitch though. It’s a big adjustment when he goes out.”

Philadelphia Eagles crumple late, suffer 27-20 loss to Chiefs |

Kansas City couldn't take advantage consistently, though. And the Birds' defensive line deserves credit for that.

Philadelphia sacked Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith four times Sunday and bothered him throughout the game. The pressure helped alleviate some of Philly's ills in the defensive backfield by not giving Smith time to set his feet and throw.

KC Chiefs vs Philadelphia Eagles grades, 9/17/17 | The Kansas City Star

Player of the game: Outside linebacker Justin Houston was outstanding, racking up five tackles, two quarterback hits, a sack and a pass deflection. The deflection directly resulted in a fourth-quarter interception by Chris Jones, which led to the go-ahead score. Houston also excelled at setting the edge, and was terrific against the run. An elite performance.

Eric Murray's hustle saves a touchdown for Chiefs | The Kansas City Star

“Without the tip it’s an incomplete pass,” Murray said. “But he was in the right place at the right time.”

Mitchell looked stunned. Murray knew he had to keep chugging.

“At that point, I’m already behind,” he said. “So, on a play that seemingly looks like it’s over, it’s not over. You’ve got to keep going. I just chased him and did my best to get him down so we could keep playing.”

Eagles-Chiefs Final Score: 11 things we learned from Philadelphia’s game against Kansas City | Bleeding Green Nation

I still feel pretty good about Carson, though. He looks like a legitimate franchise QB. This was a tough spot and he didn’t look overwhelmed by the moment. He was keeping the team in the game with his arm and his legs. There was a lot of pressure on him to perform given that he didn’t have a lot of help in the run game.

Alex Smith of Kansas City Chiefs likely on the block in 2018 | ESPN

The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to listen to trade offers for quarterback Alex Smith after this season, according to league sources.

With the play of rookie Patrick Mahomes II in training camp, it was thought that the Chiefs would have entertained offers for Smith this summer, but no team stepped up to make a deal happen.

Kansas City Chiefs have NFL's best resume after win over Eagles | ESPN

“Really meaningful,’’ quarterback Alex Smith said of the Chiefs’ ability to win a second game with different strengths. “No two games are alike in this league. You’ve got to find ways to make adjustments sometimes.

“I thought it was big that we didn’t get frustrated. We made adjustments at halftime and came out in the second half and down the line pieced together some big drives that were able to open that game up.

KC Chiefs vs Philadelphia Eagles mailbag, 9/17/17 | The Kansas City Star

Reid did not throw him under the bus after the game, but it’s clear his patience is running thin. He was asked three times about Kelce after the game, and Reid offered short, sharp responses to each. “You have to be smarter than that,” Reid said, when asked the first time. By the way, please don’t think Reid is just some big teddy bear who doesn’t know how to reign his players in –– you don’t last as long as he has in the NFL without having some teeth. You have to wonder if Reid might soon be approaching the point where he shows them.

Alex Smith helps Chiefs beat Eagles | 9/17/17 | The Kansas City Star

You can pick your moment here, because the Chiefs had a lot of them. Justin Houston got deep enough in the backfield that a pass deflected off his shoulder pad and into Chris Jones’ hands. Eric Murray saved a touchdown on a wild and fluky play down the left sideline just before halftime. Rookie Kareem Hunt had two more touchdowns.

But Smith’s moment, as much as any other, broke the Eagles. It was a third and four at the Philadelphia 25, midway through the fourth quarter, score tied. A stop there, and the Chiefs would hope for a field goal. Smith was five yards behind the center when he took the snap, but it was still less than three seconds before Vinny Curry — a bear of a man, at 6-foot-3 and 279 pounds — eurostepped left tackle Eric Fisher and had his hands around Smith’s waist.

Darren Sproles returns to Kansas City to play Chiefs | The Kansas City Star

In late December, Sproles announced his intention to make 2017 his final NFL season, though he has since somewhat pulled back those comments to a certain degree, telling the Philadelphia Inquirer this summer, “We’re going to see. Right after we make the playoffs, come back and ask me.”

If it is the final season, what a ride it’s been.

Chiefs’ Chris Jones talking about his interception is too much fun | Arrowhead Pride

Jones is fun to talk to in the locker room but more importantly he is a beast on the field. He is going to go to multiple Pro Bowls in his career. All he did today was rack up three sacks and an interception. He briefly went down with an injury that scared the hell out of us but it was all good in the locker room after.

Chris Jones has big game and Snickers moment | The Kansas City Star

On third-and-12 from the Eagles 31, Wentz’s screen pass went off Justin Houston’s shoulder pad and into the air. Jones was in the right place to snag it.

After he caught it, Jones started heading in the wrong direction before he was tackled. Officially, the return lost three yards.

“I was headed home,” Jones said. “Not the end zone, but to Overland Park. I had to realize where I was at. I had a Snickers moment. But it was a great feeling.”

Kareem Hunt gets 2 TDs in Chiefs win’ over Eagles | The Kansas City Star

Hunt has 30 carries for 229 yards and three touchdowns in two games. He’s added eight catches for 126 yards and two more scores.

On Hunt’s long touchdown run Sunday, teammate Travis Kelce drew a flag for taunting the Eagles’ bench.

Even teammates are excited about what Hunt brings to the table.

“Kareem Hunt went to the house,” Kelce said. “He can play some football. The O-line blocked it perfectly up front, and from there, it was just to the house.”

Kareem Hunt scores twice as Chiefs hold on to beat Eagles 27-20 in home opener | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports

NAMING RIGHTS: The Chiefs renamed the TV booths at Arrowhead Stadium in honor of Len Dawson, their Hall of Fame quarterback and broadcaster. He is retiring from doing radio analysis after the season.

Eagles vs. Chiefs Final Score: Observations from Philadelphia’s loss to Kansas City, 27-20 | Bleeding Green Nation

The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium by a final score of 27 to 20. The Eagles drop to 1-1 on the 2017 NFL regular season. Read on for a recap and observations from the game. Up next for Philadelphia is their first home game of the year: a battle against the New York Giants. Watch the BGN Radio postgame show LIVE in the video below (click here if you can’t see it).

How Chiefs' parking worked during home opener | The Kansas City Star

Donovan said 91 percent of vehicles arrived with advanced passes already purchased. Most games last season were along the lines of 70-80 percent.

The Chiefs bumped the price of day-of-event parking to $60 this season, but it’s still $35 for the advanced pass. The $25 discrepancy is an effort to encourage fans to purchase the advanced passes.

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