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

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Fletcher Cox #91, Philadelphia Eagles
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2. How can the Philadelphia Eagles defense slow Kansas City down?

Even with Kanas City entering this game with the same record as the Eagles, the Chiefs still put up almost 400 yards of offense on average. Philly fans can’t dance around this one. If you thought the Cowboys’ offense was going to be a struggle to slow down, the Birds would arguably be facing the best quarterback, tight end, and wide receiver trio in the league.

The Chiefs offense led by star quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, is also accompanied by star wide receiver Tyreek Hill and future hall of fame tight end Travis Kelce. This is a challenging task for any defense; however, as of late, Kansas City has made some costly mistakes that have cost them their last two games.

So what can the Eagles defense do to stop or moderately disrupt this offense? After a rough showing in Week 3, the Birds defense has a lot of items to clean up, primarily in penalties.

Running their hybrid-zone scheme is going to be more suited to help with any big plays going over the top, which the Eagles have had some success In do so. Playing press-man coverage against the Chiefs is about of a bad of an idea as a screen door in a submarine. Not many cornerbacks in this league, if any, can keep pace with Tyreek Hill.

Heck, not many cornerbacks can keep pace with Travis Kelce, so keeping their offense in front is imperative to any form of success. Defensive coordinator, Jonathan Gannon, has to dig deep into his playbook to see what schemes he can come up with, especially if safety Rodney McLeod can still play.