Philadelphia Eagles versus Chiefs: 3 Major concerns heading into Week 4

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1. Can the Philadelphia Eagles offense keep up with the Chiefs?

This question has a simple yet complex answer. The simple answer is maybe they have a chance. The complicated answer is that their ability to be effective in this game is strictly up to how they perform and execute.

Though the Chiefs can score at a moment’s notice, their defense has been struggling heavily over the past few seasons.

Per Pro Football Focus, the Chiefs defense overall rank since 2019 has been 25th, 21st, and now 32nd. Through the first three weeks of the 2021 season, Kansas City allows an average of 430 yards per game and an average of 31.7 points.

Their biggest weakness has been their pass rush on opposing quarterbacks and defending the run, allowing over 160 yards per game. So there is a weakness that the Eagles can exploit.

To be blunt, what happened in Week 3 cannot happen again. There is absolutely no reason why the pass-to-run ratio should be 3:50 ever again as long as coach Nick Sirianni runs this team.

The Birds have a real chance to exploit the Chiefs’ defense. Like they should have done against Dallas, controlling the clock is the only chance that this team has to keep up with the Chiefs.

Simple game planning can keep this offense in a good position. Shallow crossing routes mixed in with run-pass options can keep the Chiefs’ defense on their toes. Ultimately scoring on Kansas is not a significant concern; keeping them off the scoreboard is.