COMMENTARY | For the second time in five days the Philadelphia Eagles were controlled by an AFC West opponent flying to Philadelphia on a short week. A Thursday night loss to the Kansas City Chiefs showed many holes in the Eagles, who had played three games in 11 days to start the season, but nobody will be looking for excuses here. Have we learned anything about this team following a 26-16 loss to the Chiefs?
1. You can't win in the NFL when you lose turnovers
The Eagles were a mess when it came to protecting the football Thursday night. The final stats show three lost fumbles and two interceptions thrown by quarterback Mike Vick. An early fumble by Damaris Johnson on a punt return gave Kansas City a chance to grab an early lead and minutes later an interception off a tipped pass from Vick was returned for a touchdown by Eric Berry. Five minutes into the game the Eagles trailed 10-0.
2. Is this team built to play from behind?
Twice this week the Eagles had to play from behind at home and neither time were they able to mount a comeback. On Sunday the problem may have come when the offense scored too quickly to tie the game in the fourth quarter against San Diego, allowing the Chargers to move down field methodically for a game-winning score. On Thursday night the offense struggled to get any momentum going after digging an early hole. The offense had their struggles but so did the defense. Against San Diego on Sunday the Eagles defense could not stop anything. On Thursday night the defense played well enough to give the offense a chance, but when they needed a stop in the fourth quarter the Chiefs marched right down field despite starting inside their own five-yard line. The drive ended with a field goal to make it a 10-point game with time running out.
3. LeSean McCoy is the best running back in the NFL
Right now he just may be. There are two options in the debate. They are Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings and LeSean McCoy of the Eagles. Peterson has 193 rushing yards and two touchdowns through two games this season but McCoy added to his NFL-leading rushing total Thursday night in a big way. McCoy rushed 20 times for 158 yards and some fans are thinking the Eagles should have pounded the ground with him even more. McCoy did have to leave the game to have his leg examined, but he returned to the field and did not show any signs of slowing down.
4. The Eagles defense is still a work in progress
The Eagles defense responded din a big way against Kansas City for the most part after a disaster of a game Sunday against the Chargers. Put to the test early, the defense limited the damage and showed a bit of a spark, but the defense failed to pick up a turnover and they did not even force a fumble. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was sacked five times but found plenty of production with short to medium range passes against the Eagles defense.
5. Young defensive players are developing
One of the bright spots on the defense has been the play of linebacker Mychal Kendricks. On Thursday night Kendricks led the team in tackles with nine, including eight solo tackles. Other players showed some positive signs as well, including Earl Wolff, Fletcher Cox and Vinny Curry.
Kevin McGuire is a Philadelphia area sportswriter and member of the Football Writers Association of America. You can follow McGuire's Eagles commentary on Yahoo and on Twitter @krmcguire. Interested in college football? Follow @KevinOnCFB.
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