By Art Beitchman

Last Sunday in Kansas City the Eagles played the very talented Chiefs toe-to-toe for most of the Week 2 match-up, finally losing to KC 27-20 in the final minutes.

What beat the Birds is common place in the NFL: turnovers.

The rare strip of RB Darren Sproles on a punt return set up one KC score, and late in the game a Carson Wentz interception led directly to Chiefs TE Travis Kelce short shuttle pass for a 15 yard dive into the end zone.

The Eagles’ defense played worthy of victory for the second straight week, sacking Chiefs QB Alex Smith four times for 19 yards in losses.

But the Chiefs were turnover-free, which gives that TO battle winner the game 78% of the time. And the Birds could still have won with a decent to competent running game, which failed to show up for the second straight week — a major problem early on for the 1-1 Eagles who are tied for place in a very winnable NFC East division.

In the day-after news conference coach Doug Pederson had no real answers as to why the running game remained invisible after two weeks of play. Which was even more alarming!

He kind of defended using Sproles as his primary back most of the game, giving Wendell Smallwood three carries, and LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement no carries at all, leaving everybody wondering what in the wide wide world of sports is going on here!

This kind of major detail should be worked out before the regular season starts, not in week 3!

Luckily for the Eagles the NFC East appears to be more winnable than ever, with the Cowboys, Redskins playing poorly.

Just in time for the New York Giants to visit the Linc next Sunday, September 24th 1pm/Fox. With a win over a pedestrian looking Big Blue, the Eagles can take early season control of the division!

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