Week 11 MNF Recap

Written by: William Petersen

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A Super Bowl LVII rematch rounded out the week 11 slate as the Philadelphia Eagles looked to avenge their loss in February to a Taylor Swiftless Kansas City Chiefs squad. The game came down to the last possession after the Chiefs blew a 17-7 halftime lead that would eventually end up in a Chiefs loss. The Eagles were able to find success on the road due to Jalen Hurts ground attack as well as the Eagles defense digging in, in the second half and shutting out Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City offense. The Chiefs had an opportunity late in the game to take a lead off a Mahomes deep ball but Marquez Valdes-Scantling was unable to haul in the go-ahead touchdown. The Chiefs have now recorded 26 dropped passes this season, leading the NFL and illuminating the lack of receiving core the Chiefs possess. The Eagles deserved to win this game after struggling to find offensive success through the air after Jalen Hurts was held to 150 yards throwing, going 14/22 with an interception but scampered in for two rushing touchdowns. The Chiefs will be wondering if Taylor Swift is in fact their good luck charm as the Chiefs lose just their second game at home this season and fall to 7-3.

The Philadelphia Eagles still hold the best record in football after an eye opening comeback win in Kansas City on Monday night. Jalen Hurts continues to be unstoppable on the ground as his two rushing touchdowns turned out to be the difference maker in securing this huge road win in a prime time game. The Eagles pass rush only managed to sack Mahomes once but were able to accrue 9 QB hits which wore Mahomes down in the second half. The Eagles did get bailed out after Marquez Valdes-Scantling dropped the potential game winning score but after another gritty performance by their defense, the Eagles managed to complete a huge comeback that now has them with 9-1 starts in back to back seasons. The Eagles have another big test next week as the Buffalo Bills come to Lincoln Financial Field in hopes of stringing together two wins after bouncing back from their week 10 loss to the Denver Broncos. I would not be surprised to see the Eagles dominate a battered Bills defense and give Josh Allen copious amounts of pressure as well as picking him off at least once. The Eagles continue to be the juggernaut of the league and will most likely be the number one seed in the NFC come playoff time.

The Kansas City Chiefs are now 7-3 and still one of the top three teams in the AFC even after blowing a 10 point lead at home on Monday Night Football. Patrick Mahomes was under pressure all night and am surprised the Chiefs did not try to continue the run game in the second half after Isaiah Pacheco’s strong first half. Pacheco finished with 19 carries for 89 yards but was an absolute wrecking ball in the first half, dragging Eagles defenders to the ground with him almost every carry. The curse of Taylor Swift not attending Travis Kelce’s games continues to be a trend after the star tight end finished with seven receptions for only 44 yards. Kelce was unable to find the pockets in the Eagles zone as much as he did in the Super Bowl which resulted in Mahomes having to find other less reliable outlets. Marquez Valdes-Scantling will have a hard time sleeping tonight after failing to make a highlight diving catch to give the Chiefs a three point lead with less than two minutes left. Instead MVS did what every Chiefs receiver has done this season and dropped the ball in critical situations. The Chiefs defense also failed to meet the task at hand, giving up two rushing touchdowns but did manage to sack Hurts five times and hit him another five. The Chiefs will now regroup and head to division rivals the Las Vegas Raiders next week who are finally cooled off after Antonio Pierce recorded his first loss as an NFL head coach. I would not be surprised to see the Raiders give the Chiefs a run for their money as they now have no playoff hopes but always love beating division rivals, especially when at home.