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Eagles Chiefs Betting – Offense Desperately Wanted In Friday Night Fistfight

Posted by Tony Bryant on 8/24/2010 2:45:41 PM
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NFL exhibition games generally don’t set the world on fire, but one might have a very hard time keeping one’s eyes open (and one’s mind interested) this Friday night at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Philadelphia Eagles, in a brave new world without longtime quarterback Donovan McNabb, will take on a Kansas City club that is aching for any semblance of consistent and credible offensive production. It is generally true that preseason games shouldn’t be viewed as a barometer of regular-season performance. Will anything new or surprising emerge in this contest, especially for the Chiefs?

NFL Betting: Philadelphia Eagles @ Kansas City Chiefs

Why To Bet On The Eagles

The NFC East’s most consistent franchise over the past decade is in a time of transition. Philadelphia has a lot of young studs on the edges, fast receivers who can do wonderful things when they get the ball. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are going to be good players in the NFL as long as their health holds up. Even with a new and far less proven field general in the huddle – new starting quarterback Kevin Colb – the Eagles will certainly take a lot more weaponry into battle than the Chiefs will. Moreover, the third preseason game of each NFL campaign is typically used as the game when the regular-season starters get the most playing time. This is the closest thing to a regular-season game within the exhibition schedule. The fourth and final preseason tilt is treated as the final chance to give work to backups and make the last round of roster cuts. Kolb will benefit from the extra workload on Friday and do just enough to push the Eagles over the top.

Why To Bet On The Chiefs

Why to bet on the Chiefs, a 4-12 team from 2009 that is trying out a new offensive coordinator, Charlie Weis? Well, there aren’t very many good reasons to bet on coach Todd Haley’s club. With quarterback Matt Cassel under center (or anyone else for that matter), the Chiefs have struggled to score. It’s just that simple. Cassel had tools around him in New England, but he doesn’t have dynamic playmakers in Kansas City.

If Kansas City is to win this game, the Chiefs have to pounce on Kevin Colb, snatch multiple turnovers, flip the field, and get great drive starts for their offense. Philadelphia scored just nine points in a loss to Cincinnati last Friday, so perhaps Kansas City can win a 13-9 or 16-13 grinder on a Midwest summer evening.

How The Game Will Play Out

The Chiefs have scored just 23 points (a safety in a 20-15 loss to Tampa Bay last weekend was obviously scored by a unit other than the offense) in their first two preseason games, and when one realizes that they scored just 10 points against a tissue-soft Atlanta defense that was then manhandled by New England, it becomes apparent just how weak the Chiefs are on offense. Philadelphia has to be the selection in this encounter.

Eagles Chiefs Betting Pick: Eagles



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