Eagles-Chiefs: What We're Watching

Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Response Off Turnovers. The good news is the Eagles already have five takeaways in the first two games, which is just eight fewer than they had all last season. The bad news is they’ve only scored twice off of those five takeaways. Given their defensive problems, the offense is going to need to capitalize on every scoring opportunity this season.

Getting A Rush. In Week 1, the Eagles did a good job of getting heat on Robert Griffin III. They recorded three sacks, six hits and 16 hurries. Against the Chargers, not so much. They blitzed more but got worse results, sacking Philip Rivers just once, and getting seven hits and six hurries.

The Vick-To-Jackson Connection. DeSean Jackson has been Mike Vick’s go-to guy the first two games. He’s been targeted 24 times and has 16 catches for 297 yards. Five of those 16 receptions have gained 25 or more yards, including a 61-yard touchdown catch. It will be interesting to see what the Chiefs do to try and neutralize Jackson.

Secondary Concerns. After giving up a franchise-record 33 touchdown passes last year, the Eagles did a major remodeling of their secondary in the offseason. Two games in, improvement has been minimal. They’ve given up five touchdown passes in the last five quarters and opposing QBs have a .688 completion percentage against them.

--Who Said This Offense Was Tight End-centric? Chip Kelly saw fit to keep four tight ends on his roster, which seemed to indicate he was going to be using a lot of multiple-tight end sets. But in the first two games, he’s played 11 personnel (1 TE, 1 RB, 3 WRs) on 114 of 136 plays. Tight ends have a collective five catches. He did throw twice Sunday out of a 3-TE set though, including a 31-yard reception to rookie Zach Ertz. – Paul Domowitch



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