Eagles On Chiefs: "They're Flawed"

The Chiefs, who have lost back-to-back home games, have major problems, Ian Eagle says, and there's no easy solution

Tiki and Tierney
October 15, 2019 - 5:38 pm
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After starting the season 4-0, the Kansas City Chiefs looked well on their way to the top seed in the AFC. Well, they have since lost back-to-back home games to the Colts and Texans, with their defense spending nearly 40 minutes on the field in each loss.

What’s going on in Kansas City?

“They’re flawed, there’s no doubt about it,” Ian Eagle said on Tiki & Tierney. “I think last year it was so new; it was so exciting; Mahomes and Reid, that pairing just took the NFL by storm. And as we know, in this league, people figure you out. They see tendencies. Andy Reid has had a lot of fun with all the toys, but their health has been in question. The left side of that line has been a crusher, and no running game – absolutely no running game to speak of. They’re not even trying to run. That, to me, has been probably the biggest issue.”

The Colts and Texans used the same formula that New England used in last year’s AFC Championship. Run, run, and run some more. When facing the Chiefs, ball control is the name of the game.

“Don’t let Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense on the field,” Eagle said. “What did Houston do? They ran the ball down Kansas City’s throat, their time of possession was through the roof, and they limited the chances for the Chiefs to go out there and show off all of their weapons. We know it’s a copycat league. This is how it is. This is what teams are going to try to do against them. Until they prove they can stop the run and establish the run, it’s going to keep happening.”

Mahomes was unstoppable the first three games of the year, throwing for 1,195 yards, 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions. The last three games haven’t gone as smoothly, as Mahomes is completing just 56 percent of his passes (65-of-116) with four touchdowns and a pick.

It’s possible that his ankle injury has contributed to those numbers.

“His improvisation skills were as mind-boggling as anything that we’ve seen last year,” Eagle said. “I think Mahomes is trying to do a lot and a lot is on his plate. Everyone just assumed, ‘Well, they’ll figure it out. He’ll do it.’ It’s not that simple.”

The Chiefs (4-2) play the Broncos (2-4) in Denver this Thursday at 8:20 p.m. ET.

“I do think they’re going to be fine,” Eagle said. “When the smoke clears, I still believe they’re among the two best teams in the AFC, along with New England. But they’re going to have to get better defensively. There is no doubt about that. If they’re going to be a true threat to win the whole thing like many of us thought, it’s going to have to get better on that side of the ball.”