Gunn's Bullet Points: Unleash Vinny Curry

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Gunn's Bullet Points: Unleash Vinny Curry

Andy Reid's reception in Philly

September 21, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Vinny Curry made an instant impact, picking up a sack in his first game back this season. (USA Today Images)

Derrick Gunn gives you his bullet points following the Eagles' Week 3 loss to the Chiefs:

• Let Vinny Curry play and he will produce. Curry suited up for the first time this season, but he was on the field for just 12 plays (15 percent of the defensive snaps). He had one tackle -- but that tackle was a quarterback sack -- and a quarterback hit. I know it doesn't sound like much, but with his quickness off the edge, if Bill Davis increases his playing time, his numbers will go up.

• LeSean McCoy played the second half on a badly sprained ankle but toughed it out and went 41 yards on a touchdown run in the fourth quarter to cap off a 158-yard rushing effort. The performance was the third-highest rushing total of his career. By the way, two of his highest totals have come this year in Chip Kelly's offense.

• I never thought I'd say these words, but Nate Allen played a decent game. Did he miss a few tackles? Yes. But who didn't on this defense? Allen made five tackles (including a sack), registered a QB hit and deflected a pass. For a guy who's feeling the pressure of rookie Earl Wolff breathing down his neck, he didn't play badly at all.

• The Eagles' defense as a whole played better pass defense for the first three quarters and then unraveled in the fourth. Before Thursday's game, Kansas City was perfect in the red zone. Against the Birds, the Chiefs were held to just one touchdown in six trips.

• Growing pains: Rookie right tackle Lane Johnson got schooled by Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston, who registered 3 1/2 of Kansas City's five sacks. Houston went to the Pro Bowl last season, and Johnson told me after the game that he learned some valuable lessons.

• Have you noticed how Michael Vick is getting hit more and more each game? Vick was sacked five times, and the Chiefs were credited with seven QB hits and got away with a few that might have been borderline roughing-the-passer penalties. The Eagles' protection has to improve, because if it doesn't more defenses will continue to pound him. Still, No. 7 has to do a better job of getting rid of the ball quicker.

• The offense has racked up 1,385 yards. That's the highest total ever by an Eagles team through the first three games.

• And finally, I've never seen Andy Reid as happy as he was after that win. After the game, some of his coaches who were here with him in Philadelphia told me he was tightly wound for days leading up to this one because this is the one he really wanted. I also add this disclaimer: Big Red kissing my forehead when I interviewed him afterward was not planned (see video). In all the years I've covered the NFL, I've never had a coach show me affection in that manner (and hope it never happens again, haha). Although the photo blew up on Facebook and Twitter, in the future, a handshake or a hug will do just fine.

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