Andy Reid returns to Philadelphia as the Kansas City Head Coach after coaching the Eagles for 14 seasons. He has started successfully with Kansas City as they have won their first two games of the season.
The Chiefs record of 2-0 SU (1-1 ATS) already equals their entire output of wins from a season ago when they finished 2-14. The Eagles have their own new head coach in Chip Kelly who has guided them to a 1-1 SU and ATS start with a potent offensive attack, but a weak defense.
The Eagles with their new up-tempo offense looked impressive in game one in their 33-27 win over Washington, but their defense could not hold down the San Diego Chargers who defeated Philly 33-30 last week.
The current line has the Eagles as the favorite by 3 points, with an over under point total sitting on 50.5. The line has not moved much this week, with it opening at 3 and moving at one point on Bovada to 3.5 but seems to have found its place at 3 points on most sites such as betonline, topbet and sportsbooks.com.
The total points have moved to 49.5 and up to 51.5, but sit now in the middle at 50.5.
Reid, in his 14 seasons with Philly, took the Eagles to the playoffs nine times. During six of his seasons with the Eagles, the team posted a winning record on the road against the spread.
The Chiefs covered on the road in their only previous road game by defeating the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars 28-2, but beating the Eagles or covering the spread is an entirely different challenge.
For the Chiefs to beat Philadelphia, they most exploit the weak defense for the Eagles. On Sunday, San Diego had their way through the air against the Eagles secondary as Philip Rives had 419 and three touchdowns. However, not all the blame can put on the secondary, as the defense line did not pressure Rivers and only sacked him once.
Reid knows a great deal about many players on the Eagles and his play calling might be a way to exploit their weaknesses.
Jamaal Charles could be the key on offense for Kansas City. If he has holes to run through and is in open space on the end of throws from Alex Smith, he will be hard to stop.
For Philly, their high-octane offense meets a defense that has flourished under Reid to start the season. Over the first two weeks of the season, the defense for Kansas City is allowing the fewest yards per play in the entire league. The Chiefs have also given up only 108 total yards rushing entering this game.
At home, the Eagles have struggled and are just 2-7 SU, while 0-8-1 ATS going back to last season. They have not covered on their home field since the last game of the regular season in 2011 versus Washington.
Pick: Philadelphia 35-21