KANSAS CITY, Mo. – There’s no denying the excitement and buzz in Kansas City or Philadelphia leading to Thursday night’s contest between the Chiefs and Eagles.
Local sports talk radio shows in Kansas City have hosted Philadelphia media and vice versa in recent days. Fans of both teams have taken to social media in anticipation of the game.
And the good people at ArrowheadPride.com have a front page worthy of presidential election coverage.
Thursday’s primetime game in front of a national audience is a big deal.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 17, 2013
The contest features Chiefs coach Andy Reid’s return to the City of Brotherly Love, a city where he coached for 14 seasons; the Eagles retiring former quarter Donovan McNabb’s number; the Chiefs 2-0 start; the Eagles’ offense, and so much more.
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— Jeff Rosen (@jeff_rosen88) September 19, 2013
Ultimately, it’s about Xs and Os because there’s still a football game to be played.
And a key to victory for the Chiefs is stopping Eagles coach Chip Kelly’s offense, which has scored 30 or more points in two straight games.
Chiefs beat writer Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star penned an excellent article on how the Chiefs have prepared for the Eagles:
“Before he ever got to Philadelphia, I studied his film in the past out of curiosity because I think it’s a great system,” said (defensive coordinator Bob) Sutton, 62, who was a coach at Army during1983-99.
A common theme in recent days surrounds the speed of Kelly’s system, which Paylor addressed.
So just how fast is Kelly’s system? Here’s where they rank:
In a 33-30 loss to the Chargers on Sunday, the Eagles ran 58 plays in 19 minutes, 43 seconds. Through two games, the Eagles are running a play every 23.2 seconds, tied with Denver — which features a no-huddle attack of its own with star quarterback Peyton Manning — for the fastest pace in the NFL.
Definitely check out Paylor’s article, which comes with a chart of the fastest NFL offenses and quotes from Chiefs offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, who played for Kelly at Oregon.
Meanwhile, for anybody craving non-stop information leading to tonight’s contest, you can never go wrong with ArrowheadPride.com’s Arrowheadlines.
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— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) September 19, 2013