It’s halftime of the Chiefs’ Week 2 showdown against Philadelphia, and they lead the Eagles 6-3 at Arrowhead Stadium. Here are Terez A. Paylor’s quick thoughts.
1. Travis Kelce’s early involvement says a ton
After catching only a handful of passes in last week’s win over New England, the fact Andy Reid and the Chiefs went to Kelce early and often Sunday says a lot about his importance to the offense. If I owned Kelce in fantasy, I’d feel good about that. It means Reid is conscious of getting the big fella the ball, and Kelce should rarely have dry spells.
2. Justin Houston is back to pre-injury form
Houston has been outstanding this half. He’s been everywhere. Made plays in coverage, set the edge. The old short-area burst is back –– few in football can close on a quarterback, runner or receiver in short spaces faster than Houston. The 28-year old could be headed toward a career year.
3. Good to see Dee Ford get on the board
If Houston does in fact have a career year, it will free up outside linebacker Dee Ford to eat, too. Ford should see lots of one-on-one blocks, which will give him a chance to post some nice numbers. His second-quarter sack was impressive, as he showed really strong hands by corralling quarterback Carson Wentz – a strong, mobile runner – with one hand and hauling him to the ground.