Vick was 24-for-37 (64.8%) for a career-high 428 yards two touchdowns and no turnovers on Sunday. He also rushed six times for 23 yards and a touchdown. Vick is enjoying a lot of success in Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense as he is 38-for-61 (62.2%) for 631 yards and four touchdowns. It is weird to see but Vick has not turned the ball over yet this season.
Vick's favorite target this season has been wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson had nine receptions for 193 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers and left catches (and points) on the board due to missed opportunities. The 26 year-old leads the NFL in receiving yards with 297 after two games.
A major change of pace between the Eagles under Chip Kelly and the Eagles under Andy Reid is the commitment to the run. LeSean McCoy rushed only 11 times for 53 yards but rushed 31 times for 184 yards in the opener against the Redskins. The Chargers focused on stopping McCoy by forcing Vick to beat them. Vick still found McCoy five times for 114 yards to get the ball into the hands of their best player, whether through the air or on the ground.
The Chiefs defense is led by cornerback Brandon Flowers. The 27 year-old leads Kansas City with 14 tackles, all of them have been solo. The former second-round pick has an interception and two passes defended. He is helped on the defensive side of the ball by 2012 first round pick DT Dontari Poe, taken one pick before the Eagles selected Fletcher Cox, has 3.5 sacks on the year. Right behind Poe is 24 year-old linebacker Justin Houston with 3.0 sacks.
Two San Diego receivers had 102 yards of receiving or more and one of them, Malcom Floyd, didn't even play in the second half due to injury. The Chargers receiver who didn't have 102 yards+ receiving on the day? That was Eddie Royal who only had 90 yards receiving but pulled in three touchdown catches.
To say the Eagles secondary got torched by the Chargers would be an understatement. Safeties Nate Allen and Patrick Chung, who had eight tackles (six solo), struggled with Rivers' passing attack. It did not help that the Eagles simply couldn't get any pressure on Rivers as they had one quarterback hit on Rivers the entire game - a first quarter sack by outside linebacker Connor Barwin.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has been solid in his first two games under Andy Reid in Kansas City. Through two games, Smith is 42-for-70 (60.0%) for 396 yards and four touchdowns. Smith, like Vick, has not turned the ball over this year.
Smith has two solid weapons in running back Jamaal Charles and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Charles has rushed the ball 32 times for 132 yards and one touchdown. He has had 16 rushes in each of his first two starts. Bowe has eight receptions for 86 yards and one touchdown. The 6'2", 221 lbs. Bowe is a big target and will look to attack the Eagles shaky secondary .
Smith, 29, has been great in Kansas City because is not being asked to do too much. In the Chiefs' 17-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Smith was 21-for-36 (58.3%) for 223 yards and two touchdowns. Smith completed passes to seven different players against Dallas with Charles leading the way with eight receptions. He will use his entire arsenal to lead the Chiefs.
Allen, 25, led all Eagles with 11 tackles (seven solo) on Sunday against the Chargers. Don't let that fool you, he was pretty terrible. His ability to tackle seems to be more lost than he is on the field. He's rarely in the right position to make a play. Wrapping up a defender is out of the question. Being able to stick with a receiver or provide help over-the-top is also not an option.
The Eagles will also have a special survey to honor Andy Reid's first draft pick with the Eagles, quarterback Donovan McNabb, and retire his No. 5. McNabb, 36, played 11 seasons for the Eagles leading them to a 91-62-1 record that also includes nine playoff wins. He threw for 32,873 yards with 216 touchdowns and exactly 100 interceptions while completing 59% of his passes. His 32,873 yards, 216 touchdowns, 2,801 completions, and 4,746 attempts are all franchise records while his 3,469 rushing yards are sixth-best in NFL history for a quarterback.
Kickoff on Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia is slated for 8:25 pm. The game can be seen on the NFL Network (locally on 6-ABC) and you can hear Merrill Reese and Mike Quick call the game on the radio on 94.1 WIP.
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