Expect a valiant effort by the Philadelphia Eagles in this one.
Sure, what you’re thinking is obvious. How does a team play valiantly, rack up a bunch of passing yards, and lose by two touchdowns? The answer is simple. Turnovers.
Pretty often, when teams that are trying to learn how to win play a team that’s already pretty well versed in that area, the games play out in about three ways. The better team blows the lesser team out. The better team is pushed to its limit but finds a way to win.
Then, there’s this one. The lesser team does everything in its power to hang an upset on the superior team, but they find a way to give the game away late.
Those of you who look at this one and wonder how the Philadelphia Eagles have a shot are justified in your thinking. Those of you who believe the Eagles have a shot but won’t win have a nice argument as well.
Here’s how this one’s going to play out. The Eagles will keep it close for much of the contest. They’ll put a couple of nice drives together that stall or end up in turnovers during the first three quarters. Then, with a chance to tie late, pressure will get the best of an inexperienced team and coaching staff with so many new parts.
Another costly turnover in the final stanza will end Philly’s chances, and Kansas City will pull away, tacking on another score as insurance. Throw this one in the category of a learning experience for Jalen Hurts as he puts up some yards (we’ll say 300 passing and 75 rushing yards) versus a Chiefs secondary that might be starting L’Jarius Sneed, Charvarius Ward, and Mike Hughes.
It’s hard to win when you turn the ball over though. That’s true regardless of who you play.