• Yo! Andy is back in town
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     | September 19,2013
     
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    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 Reid’s old stomping grounds in Philadelphia.

    The coach Philadelphians couldn’t get rid of fast enough in January probably will get a big ovation from those same fans Thursday night.

    He’ll 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 that’s all he’s concentrating on this week: the football.

    “In this business you’re focused in on getting ready to play,” he said, “and so that’s where my energy is going. I haven’t really thought about the other part at all.”

    Also back at the Linc will be Donovan McNabb, who quarterbacked most of Reid’s 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 Reid’s 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 can’t seem to cover or tackle in the open field.

    Let those boos rain down around midnight.

    CHIEFS, 33-30

    No. 29 Oakland (plus 14½)

    at No. 1 Denver

    More prime-time excellence from Peyton and Broncos.

    BEST BET, BRONCOS, 37-13

    No. 23 New York Giants (plus

    1½) at No. 28 Carolina

    Just can’t 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.

    BEARS, 22-10

    No. 19 Detroit (plus 1½)

    at No. 25 Washington

    But not Redskins.

    REDSKINS, 29-28

    No. 32 Jacksonville (plus

    19½) at No. 2 Seattle

    Some say worst vs. best. Such an obvious candidate for Best Bet. Too obvious.

    SEAHAWKS, 31-10

    No. 5 Green Bay (minus 1)

    at No. 13 Cincinnati

    Pack’s pass protection will be tested in this one.

    PACKERS, 24-21

    No. 16 San Diego (plus

    3) at No. 20 Tennessee

    Both teams have shown a lot more than expected.

    TITANS, 24-23

    No. 29 (tie) Tampa Bay (plus 7½)

    at No. 6 (tie) New England

    Even in their weakened state, Patriots can handle dysfunctional Bucs.

    PATRIOTS, 19-17

    No. 9 Atlanta (plus

    1½) at No. 11 Miami

    Banged-up Falcons can’t relish this matchup.

    DOLPHINS, 23-20

    No. 4 Houston (minus 2)

    at No. 12 Baltimore

    Surprising line considering Texans’ early difficulties.

    RAVENS, 20-16

    No. 18 St. Louis (plus

    4) at No. 14 Dallas

    Not surprising line considering Rams’ early difficulties. But St. Louis will cure them.

    RAMS, 24-23

    No. 21 Arizona (plus 8) at

    No. 6 (tie) New Orleans

    Might need extra power for the scoreboard in this one.

    SAINTS, 40-30

    No. 15 Indianapolis (plus

    10½) at No. 3 San Francisco

    Big spread, but 49ers are angry bunch.

    49ERS, 27-14

    No. 31 Cleveland (plus

    5) at No. 24 Minnesota

    If Vikings don’t get it going this week, they might never.

    VIKINGS, 20-9

    No. 22 Buffalo (plus 2)

    at No. 26 New York Jets

    Rookie QBs make this watchable.

    JETS, 17-16

    ———

    2013 RECORD:

    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.

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    AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

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