The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles only meet once every four years, which hardly makes for a great rivalry, but this year’s showdown between the two clubs should feature some emotional fireworks. Long time Eagles head coach Andy Reid, who was fired at the conclusion of last season, will return to the City of Brotherly Love on Thursday, September 19th (8:25pm ET, NFL Network) in full Chiefs regalia. CarbonSports.ag has already latched onto the 2013 NFL Week 3 game, and its early Chiefs vs Eagles Line features the home team as a -3 against the spread favorite.
Andy Reid guided the Eagles to five NFC Championship games and 130 wins in his 14 year tenure with the franchise, but that did not save him from being shown the door after last year’s disastrous 4-12 finish. It did, however, lead to his unemployment stint being a short one as Chiefs owner Clark Hunt quickly inked Reid to a five year deal following his dismissal in Philadelphia.
Now Reid will test his wears against his former team with a crew that posted an even worse 2-14 record last season. Kansas City averaged just 13.2 points per game while yielding an average of 26.6 per contest, which resulted in the pursuit of Reid. Nonetheless, things might not be as bad as they seem in the Show Me State. The Chiefs have several talented players on both sides of the ball (fielded six Pro Bowlers last year) and they have a new quarterback in Alex Smith. While Smith is not the second coming of Joe Montana, another former 49er who made the trek to KC, he is an upgrade over Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn, who combined to complete 57.5 percent of their passes for 2937 yards, eight touchdowns, and 20 interceptions last season.
Former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly will fill Reid’s former spot as he attempts to guide the Eagles back to the playoffs. Like Reid, Kelly has some nice pieces to work with at his new home, but the play under center will be crucial to a Philly turnaround. Michael Vick, who is expected to start at quarterback, will need to bounce back from a horrible, injury riddled 2012 campaign which saw him tally 13 touchdowns and 13 turnovers.
Neither of these teams performed well last year in the role they will occupy come September 19th. The Eagles were 2-6 at home while the Chiefs went 1-7 on the road. However, Kansas City has been a solid against the spread play as a road dog with a spread between 0 and 3.5 points of late, posting a 5-1 straight up and against the spread record in its last six games in said situation.
Chiefs vs Eagles Line 2013 NFL Week 3: Provided by CarbonSports.ag
Kansas City Chiefs +3 (-110)
Philadelphia Eagles -3 (-110)