“I’m motivated to win the game. I don’t need the Super Bowl [loss] to motivate me to beat my brother, or [his former coach] Andy Reid. I’ve never beaten them in my career. I’m more motivated maybe by that,” he said. “I don’t buy into Super Bowl revenge games. Each season is different . This team is not the same, that team is not the same. Nothing that happens on Monday night is going to at all change or make anything different about what happened last year.”
The Eagles lost a 38-35 heartbreaker to the Chiefs in the Super Bowl last season. The matchup between the Kelce brothers on the game’s biggest stage only enhanced their growing popularity. That has since ballooned to full-out stardom thanks in large part to Travis’ romantic link to Taylor Swift and the success of their “New Heights” podcast. It has led them to unexpected places, including the cover of People Magazine for Jason as a finalist for Sexiest Man Alive.
Philadelphia Eagles at Kansas City Chiefs
“This is the game of the week, a rematch of last February’s Super Bowl. The Chiefs won that won, despite an amazing game by Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts. He hasn’t looked healthy this season. The Chiefs defense is playing really good football. That will be the difference as they slow down the Eagles offense. Patrick Mahomes wins this battle again.”
That’s Pete Prisco’s take on Monday’s massive Eagles-Chiefs showdown; you can see all of Pete’s picks here.
Before you make any Eagles vs. Chiefs picks or any other NFL predictions, you need to see which side Emory Hunt is on.
Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007. He is a former running back for the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and knows the game from a player’s perspective. Hunt’s dedication to analysis of all levels of college and professional football helped him finish 48-38 on all XFL and USFL spread picks in 2023, and he’s off to a 49-35-1 start in the CFL this year. Hunt has a read on the pulse of the Eagles. In fact, he is a blistering 40-25-1 (+1141) on his last 66 picks in games involving Philadelphia!
The Eagles-Chiefs feels like it will give ESPN/ABC viewers a sense of what a Super Bowl could be like on your network. What a massive game. How do you see it?
I totally agree. (Ackels) and I had that conversation this week. Troy and I have done six Super Bowls, we’ve done 20 (conference) championship games, we’ve done big games throughout. This is as big a regular-season game as he and I have ever done in 22 years. I said this with Steve: We have to act like we’ve been there before even if some people on our crew haven’t been. We have to go in ready for whatever is about to happen but not get too hyper and flustered. You just do the game.
He thought it was good we started the season with all the hype of Aaron Rodgers being a Jet and they’re playing the Bills and Damar Hamlin. We were just getting to know each other then. I didn’t know Derek Mobley, our director. I didn’t really know Steve Ackels that well, and certainly in this role. I thought we handled it really well, and we all came out of that feeling good about ourselves with a lot of work to do. Now is when I think that pays off. I think we’ll meet the challenge and do really well.
Walder: Five key stat trends that could determine the winners
Can the Chiefs stop the Eagles’ ground attack?
The Chiefs have received plenty of deserving praise for their defense this season, but it’s important to note that it has really been the pass defense that has excelled. Against the run, the numbers are actually pretty rough. The Chiefs rank 30th in opponent expected points added (EPA) per designed carry and 31st in run stop win rate.
That looks like a matchup problem to me! The Eagles rank seventh in EPA per designed carry and first in run block win rate. Philadelphia’s best move might be to go run-heavy on Monday night with Jalen Hurts and D’Andre Swift.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Kris Jenkins DL
MICHIGAN • SR • 6’3” / 305 LBS
Kansas City adds depth to its interior defensive line with the addition of Michigan’s Kris Jenkins.
When Patsy and Danny Roberts pulled up to a Kansas gas station, they had no intentions of going inside the convenience store.
But then the couple from Lyndon discovered the card reader at the pump was broken, according to a Nov. 15 news release from the Kansas Lottery.
Danny Roberts went inside to pay for gas, and he spotted the $10 Kansas City Chiefs World Champions instant tickets, officials said.
“And he just couldn’t resist those Chiefs tickets!” his wife, Patsy, told lottery officials.
He decided to buy four Chiefs lottery tickets, then he gave them to his wife so she could scratch them as he continued driving, according to the release.
“I like to play one number at a time, that way I don’t miss anything when I’m counting up winning symbols,” Patsy Roberts told lottery officials. “On the second ticket, I had a winning spot.
“I revealed the prize amount underneath and it said ‘$75,000’ on it,” she continued. But she didn’t believe she had actually won the game’s top prize.
“I just assumed I was reading it wrong,” she recalled.
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Burrow suffered the injury in the first half of Thursday night’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, leaving the contest after throwing a touchdown pass to running back Joe Mixon to give Cincinnati a 10-7 lead. He attempted to test the injury by throwing on the sideline, but was visibly frustrated when he realized he couldn’t throw without pain.
“The play before it happened, I landed on the wrist a little bit, and the next play, the touchdown pass, just felt a pop in the middle of the throw,” Burrow said on Friday. “Tried to give it a go but just couldn’t get it done, and obviously got the news today, so not great.”
Burrow also said that the injury ending his season had nothing to do with what was thought to be a brace on his right wrist ahead of Thursday night’s game.
“It’s not uncommon for guys to wear compression sleeves on a plane because when you go up to that altitude things can swell up,” Burrow said. “In football you have a lot of bumps and bruises. This is a completely new injury.”
The Steelers are getting all the breaks! They are 6-3 despite not exactly looking like a 6-3 team. It’s the best record in NFL history by a team that has been outgained in nine straight games! Pittsburgh has six comeback wins this season (most in the NFL), and is a league-best 6-0 in one-score games.
The Steelers defense is feisty and T.J. Watt is always going to get pressure on the quarterback, but injuries at the linebacker position are really something to watch. It doesn’t look like the Steelers are going to part ways with offensive coordinator Matt Canada, so fans will just have to hold out hope he can find a way to improve this offensive attack. It looks like Jaylen Warren is going to play a larger role moving forward, and quarterback Kenny Pickett has now gone five straight games without a turnover. The offense has potential, but very clearly has underperformed.
It looks like the Steelers will make the playoffs. Check out their remaining schedule. It’s mostly backup quarterbacks!
Playoff chances after Watson injury: 62%
Playoff chances after Burrow injury: 82.8%
Odds to make playoffs: OFF
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But those are just some of those in a group that is tied for the league lead in points allowed per game (15.9). The unit is stacked with quality players like Mike Danna, George Karlaftis, Derrick Nnadi and newcomer Charles Omenihu — and head coach Andy Reid knows it.
“It starts up front,” Reid told reporters on Thursday. “You have a couple of no-names up there that don’t get a lot of credit — with Danna being one of them; he is playing really good football right now. George is a year improved — and playing real good football. Nnadi gets no credit — I don’t think he wants the credit— but he doesn’t get any credit; he’s a stout player inside. Charles is coming on… that’s a nice addition to that mix.”
Two of those no-names top the team’s sacks leaderboard: Karlaftis has six and Danna is at 5.5. Obviously, part of this stems from the extra attention Jones continues to receive from opponents’ offensive lines (although he also has 5.5 sacks).
“Thankfully, I have guys that have been excelling around me,” Jones said on Thursday. “[Like] George Karlaftis, Mike Danna [and] Tershawn Wharton — [who is] is having an outstanding year so far. We have to keep it up [and] take advantage of our one-on-ones. As long as we’re able to do that, I’m able to get free and cause a little havoc.”
A tweet to make you think
A battle of the best under primetime lights. pic.twitter.com/asL2nkRNEw— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) November 18, 2023