Philadelphia Eagles vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 9-17-2017 - Pick and Prediction
Written by: Chris Kubala
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, 0-1 O/U) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, 1-0 O/U)
NFL: Sunday, September 17, 2017, Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri, 1 pm ET
Spread: Kansas City -4.5; Over/Under: 47.5
It’s an inter-conference matchup in week 2 of the NFL schedule coming to you from the Midwest. The Philadelphia Eagles travel west as they take on the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday afternoon. Philadelphia opened their season with a 30-17 divisional road win over the Redskins Sunday. Kansas City opened their season with an impressive 42-27 road win over defending Super Bowl champion New England last Thursday. The Eagles have a 4-3 edge in the all-time series but the Chiefs claimed a 26-16 win on September 19, 2013 on the road in the most recent meeting.
Philadelphia Eagles Try to Soar to 2-0
Philadelphia got their season off on the right talon as they picked up a win within the division on the road. The Eagles led just 19-17 in the fourth quarter before scoring 11 points in a 30-second span in the final two minutes to put the game away. Philadelphia outgained Washington 356-264 and picked up 19 first downs to the Redskins’ 16 in the contest. The Eagles also dominated time of possession by holding the ball for 34:16 to Washington’s 25:44 and forced four turnovers while committing two. Both teams scored a defensive touchdown.
Carson Wentz hit 26 of 39 passes for 307 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception. The run game was pretty much kept in check: the Eagles ran the ball 24 times for a total of 58 yards in the contest. LeGarrette Blount led the Eagles with 16 carries for 46 yards though he did catch a one-yard touchdown pass. Tight end Zach Ertz led Philadelphia with eight receptions for 93 yards while Nelson Agholor caught six balls for 86 yards and a touchdown. Free agent acquisition Alshon Jeffery had three catches for 38 yards in the game. Fletcher Cox returned a fumble 20 yards for the game clinching score with 1:29 to play in the contest. Caleb Sturgis was only two of three on extra points but hit on all three field goals as he connected from 50, 42 and 37 yards.
Kansas City Chiefs Look to Build Off Impressive Opener
Kansas City went on the road and punched the defending Super Bowl champions in the mouth. The Chiefs trailed 27-21 after three quarters only to stun New England with three fourth quarter touchdowns to get the victory. Kansas City piled up a 537-371 advantage in total yards while holding a 26-25 advantage in first downs. The Chiefs had a slim 30:14 to 29:46 edge in time of possession and overcame committing the game’s only turnover. Kansas City had two touchdowns that covered at least 75 yards in the victory.
Alex Smith had a big game for the Chiefs as he completed 28 of 35 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns. Rookie Kareem Hunt, taking over for the injured Spencer Ware, had a massive debut: despite losing a fumble, he ran the ball 17 times for 148 yards plus a score while adding five catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Charcandrick West made the most of his one carry, taking it 21 yards to the house. Tyreek Hill reeled in seven passes for 133 yards and a score while Travis Kelce (40 yards) and Albert Wilson (37 yards) each had five receptions. Cairo Santos booted all six extra point attempts and did not have a field goal try in the game. There was some bad news for the Chiefs as safety Eric Berry suffered a torn Achilles and is expected to be out for the year.
- Eagles are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 2
- Eagles are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games
- Chiefs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game
- Chiefs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game
Philadelphia came up a winner on the road in week 1 but they did get a little help from the officials. It appeared that the arm of Kirk Cousins was coming forward on Cox’s return for a score. Had that been ruled an incomplete pass, the Redskins still would have had possession trailing by five. Kansas City put together what may have been the most impressive performance of the week as they shocked the Patriots. Smith isn’t going to throw for over 300 yards very often but the dynamic that Hunt brings to the table is something that teams aren’t ready for from the Chiefs. Look for Kansas City to improve to 2-0 with a home win.
Pick: Kansas City Chiefs -4.5
Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. He keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college, the NHL, the NBA and college basketball and MLB.
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