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Five things to know about the Chiefs’ next opponent: the Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz during Sunday’s game.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz during Sunday’s game. The Associated Press

The Chiefs will be hard pressed to top the performance from Thursday’s 42-27 win over New England, but maybe that is the team’s new norm.

But the bottom line is that getting to 2-0 is what matters most now.

On Sunday, the Chiefs will play their first home game of the 2017 season, as the Philadelphia Eagles come to town.

During the season, I’ll provide a quick overview of the next Chiefs’ opponent early in each week.

Here are five things to know about the Eagles.

1. Carson Wentz

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz started the season in fine fashion, completing 26-of-39 passes for 307 yards, two touchdowns and an interception (a pick six) as Philadelphia won 30-17 at Washington.

On third downs, Wentz’s passer rating Sunday was 158.3, and he averaged 13.4 yards per attempt in those situations.

Wentz’s mobility could cause the Chiefs some problems. Here is an example of how he extended a play against Washington.

2. Alshon Jeffery

While Wentz’s favorite target Sunday was tight end Zach Ertz (eight receptions), Alshon Jeffery might be player to watch. Jeffery, the former Bears receiver, is in his first season in Philadelphia, and at 6 foot 3, gives Wentz a nice target near the end zone.

Jeffery caught three passes for 38 yards on Sunday and hauled in a two-point conversion pass.

3. Cornerback injury

Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby left Sunday’s game on a cart, and NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport said Darby has a dislocated right ankle. Darby also is expected to have an MRI to see if there is ligament and tendon damage, Rapoport reported.

Patrick Robinson replaced Darby on Sunday. Fan Rag Sports noted that defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz blitzed a lot Sunday and Darby’s absence helped Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, who had gotten off to a slow start.

4. Run defense

Washington didn’t have a rush of longer than 6 yards on Sunday, and the Eagles run defense earned an “A” from Philly.com’s Paul Domowitch. Washington averaged a mere 3.8 yards per carry. The Chiefs averaged 6.9 yards per rush against the Patriots on Thursday night, and finished with 185 yards on the ground.

5. LeGarrette Blount

After helping the Patriots win the Super Bowl last year, running back LeGarrette Blount signed with the Eagles. On Sunday, he rushed 14 times for 46 yards. Philly.com said that Blount got the ball four with 3 or less yards to go. He made a first down just once.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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