Andy Reid marked his return to Philadelphia for the first time since he was fired after 14 years with the Eagles by guiding the Kansas City Chiefs to a 26-16 win.
The result lifted the Chiefs to 3-0, already surpassing their 2-14 record last year, which tied for the worst mark in the National Football League. The Chiefs last began 3-0 in 2010.
The Eagles, who won six National Football Conference East division titles and reached the playoffs nine times under Reid, dropped to 1-2 with their second loss in five days at Lincoln Financial Field. Reid also steered the Eagles to five conference championship games and the Super Bowl after the 2004 season.
“This is sweet,” Reid told the NFL Network in a televised interview. “We are 3-0. It makes the plane ride easier, but we’re still early in the year and we’ve got so much room to improve I can’t tell you.”
Philadelphia has played with a no-huddle offense under Reid’s successor, Chip Kelly, who led the University of Oregon to four straight Bowl Championship Series games with the same fast-paced style before accepting his first role in the NFL.
Eric Berry and Jamaal Charles scored touchdowns for the Chiefs, while Ryan Succop added four field goals. Jason Avant and LeSean McCoy scored for the Eagles, who retired former quarterback Donovan McNabb’s No. 5 uniform during halftime.
Kansas City took the lead on a 33-yard field goal by Succop and led 10-0 after Berry returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown. Avant hauled in a 22-yard scoring pass from quarterback Michael Vick later in the first period.
Succop kicked a 31-yard field goal after missing from 51 yards at the start of the second quarter. Kansas City got the ball back when Vick threw his second interception on Philadelphia’s next drive and Succop added another field goal, from 34 yards, to make it 16-6 at halftime.
Vick was sacked four times in the first half and the Eagles gave up 13 points on four turnovers, although their defense limited Kansas City to field goals on all three visits inside the home team’s 20-yard line.
After Philadelphia’s Alex Henery kicked a 29-yard field goal for the only score of the third quarter, Charles ran 18 yards to earn a first down at the Eagles’ 3-yard line and got Kansas City’s second touchdown on the next play.
The Eagles responded on their next drive as McCoy, who finished with 158 yards on 20 carries, sprinted 41 yards for a touchdown to make to 23-16. The Chiefs then ran off 8:12 from the clock and Succop added a 38-yard field goal to leave Philadelphia trailing by 10 points with 3:21 to play.
After failing to make headway on their next drive, the Eagles stopped Charles on a 4th-and-1 play on their 1-yard line with 1:56 remaining. Philadelphia’s chances ended when Vick fumbled after being sacked for a fifth time and Kansas City recovered the ball before running out the clock.