Why this is their biggest game of the year
Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) at Eagles (1-1), Thursday, 8:25 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field
Andy Reid is coming back to town. Reid was fired after the final game of last season, ending a 14-year tenure with the Eagles. Now he coaches the Chiefs, who are off to a surprising 2-0 start after knocking off Dallas on Sunday. If that weren't enough incentive to win, the Eagles will be retiring Donovan McNabb's No. 5 jersey.
Evaluating the Eagles
(Observations from the 33-30 loss to San Diego)
Safety Nate Allen: Another second-round disappointment.
Cornerback Brandon Boykin: Forced another turnover.
Tight end James Casey: Has yet to make an impact.
Defensive end Vinny Curry: Maybe it's time to let him play.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson: Learn to control your temper
Tackle Lane Johnson: Penalties marred an otherwise solid effort.
Evaluating their defensive line
They had a tough game against the Chargers. Defensive coordinate Billy Davis rotated several players up front, but no one could put any signifcant pressure on Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers or clog the lanes for running back Ryan Mathews. Veteran nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga has yet to make a big play. Ends Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton led the defensive line with two tackles apiece.
3-and-out with Chip Kelly
(From Monday's press conference)
Q: Did you make mistakes with your play-calling and time management down the stretch?
A: I've made mistakes. I think we've all made mistakes. That's what this game is all about. No one coaches a perfect game, no one plays a perfect game.
Q: Did you know that if you had called timeout when Michael Vick was hurt that he wouldn't have had to come out of the game?
A: That's on me. I didn't think we could.
Q: Given the way your secondary struggled, are you considering promoting safeties Keelan Johnson or Trenton Robinson from the practice squad?
A: No. I don't think any of us feel they're ready to go right now.
David Weinberg, 609-272-7186