PHILADELPHIA – Andy Reid’s coaching return to Philadelphia was a success Thursday night as he guided the Kansas City Chiefs past the Eagles, 26-16.
The Chiefs’ defense forced four turnovers and sacked Michael Vick six times, 41/2 by linebacker Justin Houston. Kansas City (3-0) has won more games already under Reid than it did all of last season.
Kansas City, which has not had a giveaway this season, got a 38-yard interception return by Eric Berry for a touchdown, and a 3-yard scoring run by Jamaal Charles. Ryan Succop kicked four field goals.
Philadelphia (1-2) had five sacks, but was undone by sloppy tackling and an inconsistent performance by the fast-tempo offense brought in by Reid’s replacement, Chip Kelly.
Reid won 140 games and six division titles in Philadelphia.
BROWNS: The two wooden lockers Trent Richardson used daily were barren, nothing left behind from his short stay with the Browns.
Face of the franchise one day. Gone the next.
Still somewhat shaken by the new front office’s decision to trade Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round draft pick, the few Browns who ventured into the locker room expressed shock at the deal, it’s timing and they vowed to move forward in a season not yet three weeks old.
“It was a shock to everybody,” receiver Josh Gordon said. “Everyone was in disbelief.”
With an eye toward the future, the Browns shipped Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in 2012 and one of their few players with star magnitude, to the Colts for a selection in next year’s draft. But the alarming move to trade the powerful running back raised a flag for Cleveland’s long-suffering fans, who view the hasty transaction as a sign that Browns’ management is throwing away this season to better align itself for 2014 and beyond.
“That’s not even realistic,” linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said. “In this business, there is too much pressure on everyone to win. I can’t even fathom that.”
To offset the loss of Richardson and add depth at running back, the Browns signed free agent Willis McGahee. He spent last season with Denver, leading the Broncos with 731 yards. The nine-year veteran passed his physical as the Browns were practicing, worked out for Cleveland’s coaches and signed his contract.
GIANTS: If the New York Giants are going to turn things around, they better find a pass rush.
The defensive line played a huge role in their run to a Super Bowl title two years ago. It slipped a little last season as New York missed the playoffs and it’s been almost non-existent in the 0-2 start this year.
In losses to Dallas and Denver, the Giants recorded two sacks and just eight quarterback hits. That’s well below the standard for a team that considers at least 10 quarterback hits to be the bottom of the ladder.
While Dallas’ Tony Romo and Denver’s Peyton Manning have two of the quickest releases in the game, the rush needs to improve against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers (0-2) on Sunday — or else.
“That’s the game plan,” defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka said Thursday. “Obviously, the production from us has not been what we wanted it to be and we are determined to get that changed.”
BRONCOS: Champ Bailey is practicing for the first time since injuring his left foot last month.
The Broncos’ perennial Pro Bowl cornerback hadn’t practiced since getting hurt in an exhibition game at Seattle on Aug. 19.
Barring a setback, he’ll play Monday night against Oakland after missing consecutive games for the just the fourth time in his 15-year NFL career.
STEELERS: For the record, Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley said Thursday that there was no sideline confrontation between he and star receiver Antonio Brown Monday night at Cincinnati.
There’s been speculation that Brown — unhappy with the amount of times passes were thrown in his direction during the first half of the Steelers 20-10 loss to the Bengals — initiated an argument with Haley that remained an issue into the next day. Brown said he wasn’t complaining. He just “went to the person who controls the scheme of the game to see what he could do.”
“There was no confrontation. So, that’s all I can say,” Haley said.