5 Things Philadelphia Eagles taught us by losing to Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 17: Tight end Travis Kelce
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 17: Tight end Travis Kelce /

As expected by many, the Eagles left Arrowhead Stadium with a loss, and they taught us a few things in the process.

First of all, everyone needs to calm down. The Philadelphia Eagles, in week two, did what most of us believed they would do. They lost a game to the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that’s currently better than they are, and they looked good and bad at times while doing it.

They turned the ball over on a fumble by running back Darren Sproles, and they gave it up once on an interception that came by way of a tipped pass. As much as there were moments that frustrated everyone who watched the game in hopes that the guys in the all-white jerseys would pull it out, there were some things to walk away and feel positive about.

Philly fought hard and lost by seven points in a game that they easiy could have gotten blown out in.

Here are some notes from the game:

1. Carson Wentz is STILL being asked to do too much.

Carson Wentz threw the ball 46 times on Sunday. That really doesn’t need a ton of explanation does it? That’s just way too many pass attempts.

2. We shouldn’t have to beg the Eagles’ coaching staff to run the ball.

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Those 46 pass attempts were matched by 13 rushing attempts. Philly got nothing from LeGarrette Blount, but there isn’t much Blount can do if he doesn’t get a single carry. We may also need to come to the realization that this team doesn’t believe Donnel Pumphrey can play.

The leading rusher in the game at Arrowhead was actually, get this, Carson Wentz.

3. Philly’s pass rush is a joy to watch.

You’ve seen them. Be honest. Isn’t this the best you’ve felt about the Eagles’ defensive line in quite some time?

4. Jake Elliott‘s pro career won’t exceed Caleb Sturgis‘ return.

On Sunday, following a phenomenal reception off of a tipped pass (that should have been an interception), Zach Ertz put the Eagles in position to tie the game late in the first half. All newly-signed Jake Elliott had to do was make a field goal. He didn’t.

It was the first time an Eagles kicker missed from 30 yards or less since 2012. Caleb Sturgis will be given his job back when he’s healthy enough to play.

5. The secondary is doing a much better job than we expected them to.

A good pass rush and good coverage in the secondary go hand in hand. Philadelphia has shown us both. We expected much from the defensive line. They’ve met and exceeded expectations.

The secondary will be tested all year. They’ll win at times and lose at others, but they’ve done a good job in the first two games. Keep in mind they’re missing the two best cornerbacks on the roster, Ronald Darby and Sidney Jones, and they’re asking young guys to play very important roles.