SIDEWAYS – For almost three and half quarters, Wentz played about as well as could be expected against one of the better defenses in the NFL. But his deflected interception turned the game. He just can’t make that mistake in that spot.
Eagles pass rush
UP – Jim Schwartz’s front four brought the heat for most of the game, especially in the first half. Starters Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Timmy Jernigan were each credited with at least a half sack. Backup Chris Long had one, too.
DOWN – Curry didn’t necessarily have a bad game. He was particularly strong against the Chiefs’ rush. And he used a quick inside move to get by left tackle Eric Fisher, but he couldn’t wrap up Alex Smith on a key fourth-quarter third down.
DOWN – The Eagles may have to consider benching the second-year left guard, although it’s unlikely they’ll pull the plug this early in the season. But Seumalo got beaten too many times.
SIDEWAYS – The veteran is the most reliable running back the Eagles have at this moment. They went to him more than any other tailback to get a moribund ground game moving. But his fumbled punt gifted the Chiefs three points before the half.
UP – An early hamstring injury to Jaylen Watkins forced the cornerback into action and he answered the call. Douglas didn’t look like a rookie who was playing in his first NFL game. The tests will keep coming, though.
DOWN – The Eagles not only sustained the loss of Watkins, but they had to compensate after Rodney McLeod left with a hamstring injury as well. Graham didn’t allow much, but he failed to bring down Kareem Hunt on his 53-yard touchdown bolt.
UP – Wentz threw to his No. 1 wide receiver early and often and Jeffery caught 7 of 13 targeted passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles will take one of those performances every week.
UP – Jason’s little brother continued to show that he’s the best tight end in the NFL not named Gronkowski. He can be a numskull – as evidenced by his penalty for taunting the Eagles sideline – but his 15-yard shovel catch and dive into the end zone was electrifying.
DOWN – The Eagles receiver had some nice grabs, but he couldn’t pull in two would-be catches including a Wentz back-shoulder pass in the end zone in the first quarter.
SIDEWAYS – The Eagles coach hung with his mentor for three and half quarters, but Pederson didn’t make enough adjustments to match Andy Reid. Did he get away from the run again? Yes. But the running back situation has more to do with personnel than Pederson’s play calling.
UP – A shovel pass? Reid beat his old team with one of his old standby play calls in the red zone. Love him or hate him, the Chiefs coach is a winner and now has 175 career regular-season victories.