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Chiefs blitz: The good, bad and ugly from Thursday’s game

Updated: 2013-09-20T04:17:36Z

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How did the Chiefs hold Philadelphia’s uptempo offense in check?

Five turnovers certainly helped. Aside from that, Philadelphia ran all over the Chiefs, but they owned Eagles quarterback Michael Vick in the passing game, as he completed only 13 of 30 passes for a touchdown and two interceptions.

Where was Dontari Poe?

Poe, the Chiefs’ emerging defensive tackle, had no tackles and was held to only a pass deflection. But when defensive ends Justin Houston and Tamba Hali were rushing the pass like they did Thursday, that hardly matters.

Speaking of the pass rush, how many sacks can Justin Houston finish with this season

Houston, who had 3 1/2 sacks Thursday night, is on pace for a huge season. Through three games, he has 6 1/2. It’s not a stretch to say 15 or so is in reach with 13 games to go.

What does this win mean in the grand scheme of things?

It’s impressive. Not because Philadelphia is some juggernaut, but because the Chiefs had every reason to lose Thursday. They were playing an innovative offense on the road with only three days to prepare. The fact they held the Eagles to 16 points is extremely impressive, and possibly a notice to the rest of the NFL that their defensive unit is legit.

Can Chip Kelly’s offense work in the NFL?

The Eagles were burdened Thursday by five turnovers, but they still rushed the heck out of the ball — 28 times for 260 yards and a 9.3 average. That’s a good sign for Philly going forward, despite their 1-2 record.

The number

9 The Chiefs are now plus-nine on the season when it comes to turnovers, just one year after they finished tied for last in turnover margin at negative-24.

| Terez A. Paylor, tpaylor@kcstar.com

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