Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles (25) celebrates a touchdown with fans during the first half against the Dallas Cowboys at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., last Sunday. Tonight the Chiefs and new coach Andy Reid visit Reidís old stomping grounds in Philadelphia.
The coach Philadelphians couldnít get rid of fast enough in January probably will get a big ovation from those same fans Thursday night.
Heíll be subjected to a torrent of boos once more if he walks out of the Linc a winner.
Andy Reid returns to the city where he spent 14 years as head coach, leading the Eagles to five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl. Days after the Eagles fired him in January, he landed in Kansas City. Months later, he has the Chiefs (2-0) looking pretty good.
Reid claims thatís all heís concentrating on this week: the football.
ďIn this business youíre focused in on getting ready to play,Ē he said, ďand so thatís where my energy is going. I havenít really thought about the other part at all.Ē
Also back at the Linc will be Donovan McNabb, who quarterbacked most of Reidís teams and will have his No. 5 jersey retired at halftime.
Kansas City (No. 10 in the AP Pro32), a 3-point underdog to No. 17 Philadelphia (1-1), went 2-14 a year ago, earning the top overall draft pick. So you could say Reidís tenure already is a success.
His successor with the Eagles, Chip Kelly, brought his quick tempo offense from Oregon, and it has been dynamic so far. The issue has been on defense, where Philly canít seem to cover or tackle in the open field.
Let those boos rain down around midnight.
No. 29 Oakland (plus 14Ĺ)
at No. 1 Denver
More prime-time excellence from Peyton and Broncos.
BEST BET, BRONCOS, 37-13
No. 23 New York Giants (plus
1Ĺ) at No. 28 Carolina
Just canít see the Giants being 0-3. Can see Panthers there.
UPSET SPECIAL, GIANTS, 30-24
No. 8 Chicago (minus 2)
at No. 27 Pittsburgh
Also can see Steelers remaining winless.
No. 19 Detroit (plus 1Ĺ)
at No. 25 Washington
But not Redskins.
No. 32 Jacksonville (plus
19Ĺ) at No. 2 Seattle
Some say worst vs. best. Such an obvious candidate for Best Bet. Too obvious.
No. 5 Green Bay (minus 1)
at No. 13 Cincinnati
Packís pass protection will be tested in this one.
No. 16 San Diego (plus
3) at No. 20 Tennessee
Both teams have shown a lot more than expected.
No. 29 (tie) Tampa Bay (plus 7Ĺ)
at No. 6 (tie) New England
Even in their weakened state, Patriots can handle dysfunctional Bucs.
No. 9 Atlanta (plus
1Ĺ) at No. 11 Miami
Banged-up Falcons canít relish this matchup.
No. 4 Houston (minus 2)
at No. 12 Baltimore
Surprising line considering Texansí early difficulties.
No. 18 St. Louis (plus
4) at No. 14 Dallas
Not surprising line considering Ramsí early difficulties. But St. Louis will cure them.
No. 21 Arizona (plus 8) at
No. 6 (tie) New Orleans
Might need extra power for the scoreboard in this one.
No. 15 Indianapolis (plus
10Ĺ) at No. 3 San Francisco
Big spread, but 49ers are angry bunch.
No. 31 Cleveland (plus
5) at No. 24 Minnesota
If Vikings donít get it going this week, they might never.
No. 22 Buffalo (plus 2)
at No. 26 New York Jets
Rookie QBs make this watchable.
Against spread: 10-5-1 (15-15-2). Straight up: 13-3 (23-9).
Best Bet: 1-1 against spread, 2-0 straight up.
Upset special: 1-1 against spread, 1-1 straight up.
AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
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