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Preseason Preview: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Each week I’ve been previewing that match-ups I’d be looking for in each game. This week is special because we will be able to focus a lot on the starting match-ups. Here’s what I’ll be looking for.

Eagles Red-Zone Offense vs. Chiefs Red-Zone Defense
This is something I was looking for last week but failed to be pleased with. The Eagles first team offense is yet to score a touchdown this preseason; however, I believe tonight will be the night for many reasons. To start, this is the longest (and will be the longest) that the starters will play in the preseason. They’ll be on the field for three quarters so they should have more chance. Second, they have a bit of experience of being on the cusp but failing to punch it in. You learn from experience right? Let’s hope so. Last, it’s the Chiefs. This is a team we lit up last season, and I don’t see any reason why it can’t be done again.

Eagles Defensive Ends vs. Chiefs Offensive Tackles
Brandon Graham is now officially a starter and Trent Cole is still a beast. With the two taking all the first team reps together, the Eagles should be able to get some serious pressure on Matt Cassel. They are relentless players and may very well get better later in the game when the big offensive tackles are starting to wear down. I want to see them disrupt the backfield early and often tonight.

Nate Allen vs. Himself
How awesome was it to see Allen bounce back last week after getting run over by Cedric Benson? After this play, he was able to come on a safety blitz, getting in Carson Palmer’s face and forcing him to throw an interception. He was also able to give Benson a little redemption pop later in the game.

When asked about the situation later in the week, Allen said you have to have a short memory. He displayed just that. He’s a young guy and he’s going to make mistakes. However, I want to see him continue to do what he did last week: forget about it and move on. The kid has plenty of star qualities and has the potential to be a great safety in this league.

Eagles Special Teams vs. Chiefs Special Teams
I’m still not happy with the special teams. Bobby April is a great coach and I think we should have a great special teams unit in 2010 because of it. However, we aren’t at that point yet so I want to see some improvement this week.

What matchups will you have your eyes on?

DeSean Jackson vs Chiefs


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