The Chiefs have had a rough past two weeks, losing to a combined seven points to both the Ravens and the Chargers. This Sunday, things will be a little easier as the Chiefs’ will be taking on the 1-2 Philidelphia Eagles. The Eagles are not the strongest team in the league; moreover, almost all experts/analysts believe this will be an easier motivational win for the Chiefs and their fandom.
While that is true, it’s always fun to predict what will happen in a given game. Here are five Chiefs’ predictions for their Week Four matchup against the Philidelphia Eagles:
Patrick Mahomes Doesn’t Throw An Interception
This prediction is short and sweet. The Eagles’ secondary doesn’t have a single interception yet this year; and while Mahomes has been shown to have the turnover bug recently (three interceptions in the past two games), I believe he fixes it here against this Eagles’ defense with an adjustment in game-planning and with him understanding that he doesn’t need to force something that isn’t there. Mahomes and the Chiefs coaching staff will work through this, and they’ll come through in the end.
Travis Kelce Has Yet Another 100+ Yard Game
While the Chiefs are on a losing streak, Kelce has shown to be one of the most dominant pass-catchers in the league. He has totaled 100+ receiving yard performances in his last two games (109 &104, respectfully), and I feel as though it will continue this week against the Eagles. The Eagles do have one of the better pass defenses in the league (ranked fifth in passing yards per game at 181.7 per), but they were torn to shreds by Prescott and the Cowboys last week as he totaled 238 passing yards on 21/26 pass attempts and had three touchdowns.
To say the Eagles’ pass defense was exposed is an understatement; and, now they’ll be taking on one of the best pass offenses in the league. While the Eagles have held tight ends to 128 total receiving yards (includes George Kittle), they haven’t faced the likes of the Mahomes-Kelce duo. They’ll rip through that secondary, and Kelce will only need seven catches to do so. Him having a third-straight 100+ game isn’t hard to see in the future.
Jalen Hurts Runs 80+ Yards’ On Chiefs Defense
The Chiefs’ have the second-worst run defense in the league at the moment, allowing 160.3 rushing yards per game. It is abysmal, and teams are running all over them like it’s nothing. As I and many other Chiefs’ fans have said before, it is reminiscent of the good ole Bob Sutton days. The Chiefs’ have shown to be poor against mobile QBs; they conceded Lamar Jackson to run 107 yards and two TDs against them in Week Two.
Hurts is good at running the football, as he already has 179 rushing yards along with one touchdown on 26 attempts; he is averaging 6.9 yards per rushing attempt. He already had a 75+ yard rushing game against the 49ers in Week Two with ten rushes for 82 yards and a touchdown; also, he came close to one in Week One against the Falcons with seven rushes for 62 yards. With how poor the Chiefs’ run defense is, it wouldn’t be a shocker that Hurts runs for 80+ yards.
L’Jarius Sneed Comes Away With An Interception
Sneed is doing amazing in run defense. He has been able to get behind the LOS and wrap runningbacks by the legs for an easy tackle. He was able to do it twice against the Chargers last week; nevertheless, while he has been good there, his coverage grades are below. Per Pro Football Reference, Sneed has allowed seven completions on seven targets for 81 yards, averaging 11.6 yards per completion. He has also allowed QBs to have an average 114.9 QB rating when thrown his way.
Sneed has to step it up this week in coverage and force some incompletions. I believe he does that this week, and it’s mainly on my intuition that he does this. He showed flashes of coverage prowess last year, making him one of the best defensive rookies of 2020. I and many other fans know he can make plays; I believe he makes one here with an interception on Hurts. Hurts threw two picks, one going for a pic-six, against the Cowboys; Sneed will capitalize on one of his throws. I just know he will.
Chiefs Win By Two Touchdowns (Score Prediction)
With the offensive superiority, the Chiefs have, especially in the passing game, it’s pretty good to predict that the Chiefs could pull off a two-touchdown win. I mean, Mahomes is averaging three passing touchdowns a game, the Chiefs’ are ranked fifth passing yards per game with 306 yards per game, and their pass blocking has shown to be good, allowing just 1.3 sacks per game. The only reason I don’t have this lead higher is the run and pass defense.
Earlier in the article, I explained that the Chiefs’ run defense is one of the worst in the league at this moment. The pass defense isn’t any better. The Chiefs rank 23rd in passing yards allowed per game (269.7 average), 25th in opponent QB completion percentage (70.65%), and 21st in opponent passer rating (103.6). The Eagles will be able to do some damage in the air, which brings down my score prediction a little bit. Here’s my prediction:
Chiefs: 31 – Eagles: 17
What are your predictions ahead of this Week Four matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs against the Philadelphia Eagles? Leave a comment down below to join the discussion.
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