PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles will need to shake off some early miscues if they want to beat Kansas City tonight at Lincoln Financial Field.
They got off to an ugly start, committing four turnovers in the first quarter and a half after having just two in the first two games, and trail the Chiefs 16-6 at halftime.
A muffed punt by returner Damaris Johnson after a solid opening series by the Eagles' defense led to a 33-yard field goal by Chiefs place-kicker Ryan Succop.
The Eagles' offense had the ball for just three plays before Chiefs safety Eric Berry returned a Michael Vick interception 38 yards for a touchdown and a 10-0 Chiefs lead. It was Vick's first interception in 96 pass attempts dating back to last season.
Vick quickly rebounded, however, to help the Eagles cut the deficit to 10-6. Vick dashed upfield off a read option for 61 yards to start the next drive, then hung tough against a Chiefs blitz to deliver a 22-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jason Avant with 5:04 left in the opening quarter.
Curiously, coach Chip Kelly opted to attempt a two-point conversion after the TD rather than kick the extra point. Rookie tight end Zach Ertz was tackled a yard short of the end zone.
Another Eagles' possession ended in a turnover when center Jason Kelce hit his own thigh with a shotgun snap that never reached Vick. Kelce suffered a sprained right thumb in Sunday's 33-30 loss to San Diego.
The Eagles defense kept the team in contention with a strong first-half effort. Their only serious mistake came in the second quarter, when a pair of missed tackles enabled Chiefs wide receiver Donnie Avery to turn a short pass from quarterback Alex Smith into a 51-yard gain that led to Succop's 31-yard field goal.
Vick threw his second interception of the game in the second quarter with an errant pass toward wide receiver Riley Cooper that was intercepted by Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith. Succop booted a 34-yard field goal to put the Chiefs ahead 16-6 at the 2:26 mark.
Vick finished the first half 4 for 12 for 46 yards with one TD and two interceptions. Running back LeSean McCoy rushed for 66 yards on 11 carries, before suffering a right leg injury in the second quarter.
Smith was 11 for 21 for 177 yards. Avery was his favorite receiver. He caught five passes for 103 yards in the first half.
Eagles fans gave former coach Andy Reid a nice ovation before the game and retired former quarterback Donovan McNabb's No. 5 jersey at halftime.