After the 2012 NFL season, the 14 year relationship between Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles came to an end. What once was a blossoming love affair between the City of Brotherly Love and its portly coach sputtered out over the course of the past few disappointing seasons. Both sides moved on and are excited about their futures, Reid with the Chiefs and the Eagles with Chip Kelly, on Thursday it was Reid who walked away victorious.
It is rare in a breakup, at least from my experience, one party mopes around while the other seems to hit the ground running and wind up instantly better than before. Showcasing they made the right decision as if that would prove to the other they were the victors of the breakup.
That is not the case with Andy Reid and the Eagles. In the aftermath of the split, it looks as if both the Eagles and Reid have emerged victorious and better than ever from the rubble of their broken relationship. But if you’re keeping score, Reid is up 1-0 on the Eagles after an impressive 26-16 victory in his old backyard.
The future looks bright in Kansas City, where they already have notched more victorious than in 2012 after picking up their third win in as many weeks under Reid. Kansas City has not played poorly in a single game, and both sides of the ball look dangerous.
Jamaal Charles looks to be fully recovered from his knee injury two years ago, and is operating in the way Reid used to use Brian Westbrook in Philly. Against the Eagles he picked up 92 yards and a touchdown on the ground, and added 80 more yards as a receiver. Talk about dynamic.
Alex Smith has been an efficient game manager, taking care of the football and allowing the playmakers to put up points for his team. Just like Reid expected he would. Through three games, Smith has thrown 4 touchdowns without an interception while completing 64 percent of his passes.
The defense has been stifling. They are giving up only 11.33 points per game, almost an impossible number given the rule changes favoring the offense in today’s NFL. The secondary, led by Eric Berry and Brandon Flowers, looked unbelievably good against what was supposed to be an offensive juggernaut in Philadelphia. Reid has the pieces in place to contend immediately.
The Chiefs find themselves atop the AFC West, a half game ahead of the Denver Broncos (because they have not yet played in week 3.) This division was supposed to be a cakewalk for Peyton Manning and company but the Chiefs are trying to continue a trend in the NFL that sees at least one team go from worst to first in their division.
Andy Reid won round one of the breakup battle when his Chiefs defeated the Eagles. Both teams have pieces in place to be contenders. Who knows, with the Eagles prolific offense and a weak NFC East, it is not out of the question that these two teams both could be in the playoffs at the end of the year.
Senior Sports Editor
The Guardian Express