Grading the Eagles' 27-20 loss to the Chiefs in Week 2

Grading the Eagles' 27-20 loss to the Chiefs in Week 2

Grading the Eagles' 27-20 loss Sunday afternoon to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium (see breakdown):

Carson Wentz: 25/46, 333 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Wentz was very good, even sensational at times โ€” for about the first 50 minutes of the game. The 24-year-old collapsed down the stretch, albeit under constant pressure (see Roob's observations). Regardless, Wentz got a little too careless with the football in the fourth quarter, throwing a sidearm screen pass into traffic that wound up tipped in the air and intercepted. That turnover led to an important Chiefs touchdown. There was some garbage-time production here as well.

Grade: C

Darren Sproles: 10 ATT, 48 YDS, 2 REC, 30 YDS

Is the LeGarrette Blount experiment already over? Blount didn't record a single carry for the Eagles, though he did have a catch for no gain. Wendell Smallwood saw more work, but he finished with five touches for one yard. In other words, Sproles was the only running back of consequence, and though he played well, the offense simply needs more production from this on the ground.

Grade: C+

Alshon Jeffery: 7 REC, 92 YDS, 1 TD
Nelson Agholor: 1 REC, 9 YDS, 1 TD

Torrey Smith had another day he would like to forget. While Smith finished with four receptions for 66 yards, it was the pair of drops people will be talking about afterward. Smith left a 19-yard touchdown on the field in the first quarter, then in the second quarter, got bumped and was unable to come away with an underthrown pass. Both would've been tough catches, yet at some point, these plays need to be made. Agholor dropped a pass in tight coverage but came back and scored in garbage time. Mack Hollins had three receptions for 32 yards (see rookie report).

Grade: C

Zach Ertz 5 REC, 97 YDS

Ertz has quietly become both Wentz's safety blanket and go-to receiver. The fifth-year tight end was second only to Jeffery with 10 targets. Ertz hasn't dropped a pass yet this season, either. Trey Burton pitched in with a 10-yard reception.

Grade: B+


Hindsight is 20/20, but the Eagles' leap of faith with Isaac Seumalo at left guard is not paying off. Seumalo was eaten alive by the Chiefs' interior linemen, and he was the biggest source of pressure on the signal caller throughout the game. Wentz wound up taking six sacks, and Kansas City totaled 10 quarterback hits. Obviously, that's not all on Seumalo. The Eagles have struggled to pick up blitzes as well, the blame for which could fall on any number people.

Grade: D

Vinny Curry: 4 TKL, 1 QBH, 1 TFL
Fletcher Cox, Chris Long: 1.0 SK

Curry played a very good game, maybe even outstanding one. Unfortunately, all anybody is going to remember is Alex Smith escaping Curry's grasp in the fourth quarter. If Curry can get the quarterback to the ground, the drive is over, and the Chiefs are forced to attempt a long field goal. Instead, Smith scrambled for the first down, and two plays later, Kansas City was in the end zone. The Eagles dominated up front early but faded late.

Grade: B+

Mychal Kendricks: 2 TKL, 2 TFL, 1.0 SK, 1 PD

Not Jordan Hicks' best. Hicks missed a tackle on Travis Kelce's 15-yard touchdown reception and was nowhere to be seen when Kareem Hunt ripped off a 57-yard touchdown run right up the middle. Kendricks came up big for the Eagles โ€” right up until the fourth quarter, when he was unable to corral Hunt and on a third-down run. Kendricks continued to make a strong case for more playing time nonetheless.

Grade: C

Rasul Douglas: 4 TKL, 1 PD
Rodney McLeod, Jaylen Watkins: Left game in first half

Already down Ronald Darby, the Eagles could ill afford to lose bodies in the secondary. Naturally, McLeod and Watkins both went down early and would not return. Filling in for McLeod, Corey Graham took a horrible angle on Hunt's 57-yard touchdown run, so the absence hurt. Douglas, on the other hand, came up with a big pass breakup on third down and turned in a generally-sound performance in his NFL debut. Jalen Mills wasn't heard from much either, which was a positive. A respectable job overall, given the situation.

Grade: B

Jake Elliott: 2/3 FG, 1/1 XP
Darren Sproles: 1 FUM

Backbreaker. We knew going in the Eagles did not have the advantage here. Elliott missed a 30-yard field goal, which was not surprising. Sproles fumbled a punt return deep in Eagles territory, which was a little more uncharacteristic. Those two plays alone caused a six-point swing in Kansas City's factor, as well as cost the Eagles a possession. 

Grade: C-

Eagles' record: 1-1

Hard to fault the coaching staff here. Regarding the offensive line, the Eagles made Doug Pederson's bed when the front office dumped Allen Barbre in the offseason. Defensively, Jim Schwartz's unit held up for three quarters, but the Chiefs had to go only 31 and 56 yards to find the end zone twice in the fourth quarter. Injuries also tied Schwartz's hands in the secondary and on special teams as well.

Kansas City had the better team Sunday, and this Eagles coaching staff did what it could on the road. Pederson's play-calling balance will once again draw questions, but game-flow had a lot to do with that. There wasn't a whole lot Pederson could've done differently.

Grade: B-

Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

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Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

Kevin Hart finally has his Lombardi Trophy.

Hart, a comedian and a native of Philadelphia, had a few too many adult beverages during Super Bowl LII and attempted to get to the stage for the presentation of the trophy. He was unsurprisingly denied.

But Hart refused to accept "no" for an answer.

The lesson here is, if you're big enough of a celebrity to get on the field after your hometown team wins the Super Bowl, you probably have enough coin to just buy your own trophy instead of trying to drunkenly crash the trophy presentation.

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

Most Sixers fans probably could've predicted the 2-0 result of the Sixers' back-to-back swing against the Knicks and the Nets, but the expenditure of energy it'd take to get there was hard to see coming. One night after needing a fourth-quarter comeback to escape from New York, the Sixers went even further down to the wire against Brooklyn at home, needing a huge final-minute three from Robert Covington and some savvy playing of the foul game from T.J. McConnell to squeak out the 120-116 win.

Both one of the biggest reasons the Nets were able to hang around and one of the biggest reasons the Sixers won anyway was the birthday boy himself, Joel Embiid. JoJo turned 24 yesterday, and he matched that with a 24-point performance -- though he needed 23 shots to get there, only hitting a Kobe-like six of them. But The Process was eminently trustworthy elsewhere in the box score: a career-high 19 boards, four assists (with only one turnover), and most importantly, an immaculate 11-11 from the foul line, where he'd been struggling recently (just 63% from the stripe this month previously). It was about as dominant a performance as our big guy could submit while being an absolute mess from the field.

And he was matched along the way by Ben Simmons. The Fresh Prince didn't notch his third consecutive triple-double, sadly, but he came damn close with his 21-8-12 line -- to go with three big steals and just two turnovers -- his highest-scoring night since he hung 32 on the Bulls in February. We've said it before, but having a superstar to carry your team when they're struggling is the ultimate luxury; having two feels downright immodest. (Simmons since All Stars were announced in late January, btw: 16-8-9 on 58% shooting and under three turnovers, with four triple-doubles and double-digit scoring in 25 out of 25 games.)

So the Sixers move to 38-30, two games up on Milwaukee in the seventh seed, half a game behind Washington at five, a full game behind Cleveland at four, and 1.5 behind Indiana at three. While the Sixers have struggled some against top-level teams in the past month -- going 1-5 in their last six games against playoff-bound opponents -- they've kept pace in the East by taking care of business against the sub-.500 teams, winning their last eight against losing squads, dating back to them taking an L against these Nets in Brooklyn at the end of January. Now they get a couple hard-earned days off before two more home games against lottery-bound squads in Charlotte and Memphis. Trust -- and celebrate -- The Process.