The coming Eagles vs. Chiefs matchup is loaded with subplots and interesting matchups.
They don't cross paths very often. Unless the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs meet in a Super Bowl, they're only scheduled to play one another once every four NFL seasons.
Hold on... Oh, that's right! They did play one another in the most recent Super Bowl. Frankly, we're still in mourning over how that one ended. As a matter of fact, we haven't enjoyed the past four meetings.
The Birds have yet to beat Andy Reid as an opposing head coach. The all-time tally favors the guys in red. Ten total meetings... Six wins for the Chiefs... Four triumphs for the good guys.
Hope springs eternal that Philly can put one in the win column to close Week 11 on Monday Night Football. The first clash between these proud franchises produced a narrow one-point Eagles victory (21-20 on October 22nd, 1972). Fingers are crossed that the Birds can pull off the road upset.
Doing so would improve their win-loss total to 9-1. Looking at these teams on paper gives us the impression that Philadelphia has some distinct advantages. Let's talk about a few.
A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith vs. Trent McDuffie and L'Jarius Sneed
Time and time again we have learned that the Eagles, more often than not, can beat ANYONE if they rely on running the football. Time and time again, we have also discovered that, even though that's true, they'd much rather be a passing team.
Thank Heaven A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith are on the payroll.
Here's where we find cause to smile. The A.J. and DeVonta tandem are better at their jobs than the Chiefs corners, Trent McDuffie and L'Jarius Sneed, are at doing theirs.
Philly will enjoy some opportunities to cash in on a few big plays. If they recognize those opportunities and take advantage, their chances of winning increase exponentially.