Eagles versus Chiefs: 5 Questions and answers with Arrowhead Addict
KANSAS CITY, MP – JANUARY 15: Running back Spencer Ware #32 of the Kansas City Chiefs is congratulated by quarterback Alex Smith #11 after scoring a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second half in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
4. Now, on to the game. No disrespect, but everyone acts as though Arrowhead is this impossible place to win in, and, historically, the Chiefs have typically lost big games there. Is the home field advantage there overstated? What’s it truly like to view a game there?
The fans at Arrowhead are loud and proud for sure. Andy Reid is 23-9 at Arrowhead since he first arrived, but he’s also been successful on the road as well (21-12), so it’s hard to tell how big of an advantage it is. It’s certainly possible for a team to march into Arrowhead and win on the road, a la the Steelers in the playoffs last year.
5. Who are the guys on offense and defense that the Eagles have to game plan for? Who will be the guys we don’t know about that will be surprises and cause Philly some problems?
On offense, you have to figure out how to contain three players at the same time at all times. Running back Kareem Hunt, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce can all carry the offense and force defensive coordinators to shift their attention. The New England Patriots planned to take Travis Kelce completely out of the picture, which they largely did, but Hill took the lid off of the defense and Kareem Hunt set an NFL record for most yards from scrimmage in a debut appearance. Plan accordingly.
Defensively, this team is loaded even without Eric Berry. Dee Ford had double digit sacks last year and is in a contract year. Justin Houston is healthy and back to his beastly self. Chris Jones is dominant on the front seven. Marcus Peters is the league’s best at takeaways in the secondary. At every level, there is at least one player who will completely force a change in game plan. If you’ve never watched Jones in particular, keep an eye there for a new breakout player (he was last year’s second round choice).