Kansas City Chiefs vs. Philadelphia Eagles Matchup Preview (10/3/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Philadelphia Eagles Matchup Preview (10/3/21)

The Chiefs are coming off a second-straight loss, the first time they have lost two games in a row since October 2019. It was an uncharacteristic game for them in many ways, primarily in terms of the mistakes they made – they had four turnovers in the game. Kansas City’s defense has some issues it needs to work out, but it was more surprising to see Patrick Mahomes struggle to maintain long drives and keep possession of the football. The Eagles are also coming off a primetime loss to the Cowboys in which they had 13 penalties and converted just 33% of their third-down attempts. Both of these teams will be looking for a bounce-back in this game.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Philadelphia Eagles Betting Odds

The Chiefs are just 1-7 ATS in their last eight games and 0-5-1 ATS in their previous six games on the road. That lack of success against the spread is partially due to the public heavily backing the Chiefs ATS, which pushes the line further in their favor. That has already happened in this game as Kansas City opened as 5.5-point favorites, and the line has already been moved to -7 or -7.5 following a strong push from the public in their favor. While I’m wary of the Chiefs covering the spread in any game, I believe they will play angry in this game and reaffirm everyone’s beliefs that they are in their own tier among contenders in the AFC. On the back of a monstrous effort from Mahomes against an injured Philly defense, the Chiefs remind everyone why they have made the Super Bowl for two straight years.

My predictions: Chiefs win 38-24, Chiefs cover, over 54.5 points

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TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, October 3rd
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA
TV Coverage: CBS

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Philadelphia Eagles Live Stream

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Kansas City Chiefs: CB Charvarius Ward (quadriceps) Q, DE Frank Clark (hamstring) Q, DB Rashad Fenton (concussion) O, LB Willie Gay Jr. (toe) IR, OG Kyle Long (knee) PUP
Philadelphia Eagles: DT Fletcher Cox (lower body) Q, S Rodney McLeod (knee) Q, OT Jordan Mailata (knee – MCL) O, OT Jack Driscoll (pectoral) IR, S K’Von Wallace (shoulder – AC joint) IR, OG Brandon Brooks (pectoral) IR, DE Brandon Graham (Achilles) IR

Kansas City Chiefs Analysis

Patrick Mahomes was the preseason favorite for MVP, but Kyler Murray, Matthew Stafford, and Tom Brady have given him a real run for his money so far this season. This is the week Mahomes reminds everyone that he is the best in the league at his position. Philadelphia’s pass defense has been pretty solid so far – they have allowed the fifth-fewest passing yards so far – but Dak Prescott got the better of them on Monday night with three touchdowns and a passer rating of 143.3. Mahomes has a rocket arm and will put pressure on these Eagles’ defensive backs all game long.

The cornerback trio of Darius Slay, Stephen Nelson, and Avonte Maddox has played impressively well so far, but Philly has been vulnerable to tight ends – Dalton Schultz had six catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns against them on Monday. If Schultz is capable of that type of an explosion against Philadelphia, it makes my brain hurt to think about how productive Travis Kelce could be this week. Philly’s run defense struggled on Monday in allowing the Cowboys to run for 160 yards and two touchdowns; that bodes well for Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who is coming off his first 100-yard game of the year.

The Chiefs’ new-look offensive line features three rookies, and they have held up impressively well as Kansas City has allowed the sixth-lowest adjusted sack rate so far this season per Football Outsiders. Veteran Joe Thuney has provided a steadying force on the interior of the offensive line, while Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith have excelled as rookies. Lucas Niang was worth the wait as he opted out of the 2020 season, his rookie year, due to COVID-19 concerns, but has been excellent in pass protection this year. With Fletcher Cox’s injury late in the game and Brandon Graham’s season-ending Achilles injury, the Eagles aren’t healthy on the defensive line. Josh Sweat will be relied upon heavily to generate a pass rush against Mahomes.

Kansas City Chiefs Depth Chart

QB: Patrick Williams
RB1: Clyde Edwards-Helaire
RB2: Jerick McKinnon
WR1: Tyreek Hill
WR2: Demarcus Robinson
WR3: Mecole Hardman
TE1: Travis Kelce
TE2: Blake Bell

Philadelphia Eagles Analysis

While Jalen Hurts has been one of the best fantasy football quarterbacks in the NFL with his consistent rushing production, he has not impressed me as a passer whenever I have watched him play. I should have known when the Eagles relentlessly attacked the perimeter in the screen game, and that Hurts wasn’t capable of throwing downfield with short throws. It took a couple of weeks for me to realize, but Nick Sirriani’s play-calling isn’t the issue; it’s Hurts’s lack of accuracy or touch when passing more than 20 yards from the line of scrimmage. Per PFF, Hurts has the 21st-best passer rating on deep balls in the NFL, but even that seems high.

If you’re wondering why Philadelphia’s pass-catchers haven’t been more productive, it partially relates to Hurts’s difficulties throwing downfield. After a promising Week 1 game, DeVonta Smith has just five catches for 44 yards in his last two games, and Jalen Reagor has just 13 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown through three games. If Philadelphia scores enough to keep things interesting against the Chiefs, they will need to get more production out of those two wide receivers.

The Eagles will also need to get more out of their rushing attack and be more committed to the ground game – they only gave Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell a combined three carries on Monday, which was particularly shocking. While Chris Jones is one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL, the rest of the Kansas City front seven has been weak – the Chiefs have allowed 160.3 rushing yards per game, the second-most in the NFL. Philadelphia should look to establish the ground game early in this game and emphasize the importance of keeping the ball out of Patrick Mahomes’s hands.

Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart

QB: Jalen Hurts
RB1: Miles Sanders
RB2: Kenneth Gainwell
WR1: DeVonta Smith
WR2: Jalen Reagor
WR3: Quez Watkins
TE1: Dallas Goedert
TE2: Zach Ertz

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Philadelphia Eagles Daily Fantasy Picks

This game should be very high-scoring, and while I’m souring on Hurts as a viable long-term NFL starter, he provides excellent fantasy value with his rushing baseline and is given the potential for garbage time in this game. If you want to stack Hurts with one of his pass-catchers, I will lean towards Dallas Goedert even though Zach Ertz had the more productive fun last week. Patrick Mahomes is an excellent play this week, and his ownership may be lower given how many people will be looking to Josh Allen and Kyler Murray. Travis Kelce is my favorite play from this game, with how Dalton Schultz exposed the Eagles’ tight end defense last week. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is also still a value despite his price increasing in DFS.

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