At this point it’s no secret that Chip Kelly has successfully transitioned his up-tempo Oregon Ducks’ offense to the NFL. Through two games, the Eagles rank third in the NFL in scoring, second in net yards, and second in net rushing yards.
So how did the Kansas City Chiefs prepare for the Kelly offense? By running a version of it themselves, of course.
“We have been playing against a mock-style offense, hurry-up, since training camp, so we’re up to par with what’s going on with the hurry-up.,” Cheifs linebacker Derrick Johnson told kcchiefs.com’s Reid Ferrin, “Even though we’re used to it, you’re still going to have to defend their plays; you’re still going to have to be ready. It’s one thing to know what they’re doing, but you still have to stop them and (Eagles QB) Michael Vick is still one of the best playmakers in the game. We’re going to have to stop him the best way we can.”
While the Eagles numbers on offense are quite impressive, and 31.5 points per game is more than sufficient, their problem lies in the defensive secondary. Throwing for 591 yards through two games is great, but when you’ve given up 721 yourself in those games, therein lays a problem.
If the Chiefs preparations can slow down Chip Kelly’s juggernaut offense, and the Eagles haven’t fixed the problems in their passing defense – it could be a long night for Philadelphia.