Keep an eye on the Chiefs defense when the Eagles offense is operating.
Yes friends, the Eagles may need to rely on that silent snap count when they have the ball. When the Chiefs get on a roll, and their defense needs a stop, it can sometimes feel like the opposing offense is under attack at Arrowhead Stadium.
Here are an unlucky seven guys that Steve Spagnuolo will be relying upon when the Birds have the rock. Write their names down. All are capable of changing the game on a single play.
6. Drue Tranquill, linebacker
Drue Tranquill leads the Chiefs in total tackles (56) and is second on the team in solo stops (38). Add that to the pair of forced fumbles and 3.5 sacks that he has already logged this season, and you have someone the Eagles MUST keep tabs on.
7. Trent McDuffie & L'Jarius Sneed, cornerbacks
Cornerback Trent McDuffie leads K.C. in solo stops (39). He and his partner in crime, L'Jarius Sneed, have combined for 92 total tackles, ten pass breakups, and an interception.
In Week 11, they draw A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith duty. The battle on the outside should be must-see television.
8. George Karlaftis & Mike Danna, defensive ends
Jordan Mailata and Lane Johnson have their hands full. The Chiefs' starting defensive ends are George Karlaftis and Mike Danna.
The latter pair has combined for 35 solo tackles, 59 total tackles, 11.5 sacks, five pass breakups, and a forced fumble.
9. Justin Reid & Bryan Cook, safeties
Well, we can't mention McDuffie and Sneed and not discuss the Chiefs starting safety tandem. These guys can ball.
Justin Reid and Bryan Cook have combined for 42 total tackles, a sack, six pass breakups, a forced fumble, and an interception
10. Chris Jones, defensive tackle
The Eagles learned their process of roster construction from Andy Reid. As Philly's head coach, everything began in the trenches for 'Big Red'. He has carried that theory with him to Kansas City.
Look no further than Chris Jones if you need an example of that theory. He's one of pro football's best at his position.
He missed the Chiefs' first game versus the Detroit Lions, but has stacked 17 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 13 additional quarterback hits, and three pass breakups since then.