DENVER - Did Eagles coach Chip Kelly get his football schedules mixed up?
Here's what mine says: Eagles at Broncos, Sports Authority Field, Sunday.
Here's what another one says: Ducks at Buffs, Folsom Field, next Saturday.
That's the only way to rationalize what Kelly was thinking when he challenged one of Colorado's football teams to a pickup game. Kelly confused the Broncos with the Buffs.
"When do we go play? We got to play in a parking lot?" Kelly told media in Philadelphia. "We'll go play in a parking lot. We don't care."
Honest question: Is it really a good idea to challenge Peyton Manning to anything right now?
The Broncos quarterback leads the NFL in completions, completion percentage, passing yards, passing touchdowns and quarterback rating.
That's the guy you want to challenge to a pickup game?
This all started when Manning snapped at the NFL and its decision to give the Eagles 10 days between games before playing the Broncos. The Broncos had six.
"We're coming off a short week," Manning said.
The best quarterback in the NFL is afforded a subtle jab or two.
The first-year coach in the NFL, in the process of being humbled, could find better ways to spend his time.
Here's one: figuring out how a defense that rates among the worst in the NFL will stop the best offense in the NFL.
Truth is, Kelly's offense was must-see TV when Oregon hung 70 points on the Buffs last season. Not even the NCAA rulebook could prevent the Ducks from tearing through the Pac-12 schedule.
But all the oohing and ahhing over Kelly's fast-break offense in Philly has ignored the other side of the football equation. His defense stinks like a rotten cheesesteak.
It can't keep up.
Through three games, only three defenses own worse grades than the Eagles, according to the analysts at Pro Football Focus. The Eagles also have the fourth-worst pass rush. Two of the teams with worse pass rushes: the Raiders and the Giants.
We saw what Manning did to teams that couldn't shake a quarterback in his prime from his comfort zone: 62-for-80, 681 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.
This game offers the two leading storylines through three weeks of the NFL season: a quarterback rewriting the record book and a new, exciting philosophy on how to play the game.
Through 15 peerless regular seasons, Manning has shown to have staying power, perhaps like no one else to play his position.
Does Kelly's offense have staying power in the NFL like it did at Oregon? Not at this rate.
His teams will score points. But the tempo of their offense places added pressure on their defense, which is forced back on the field after quick scores and quicker turnovers.
Just watch as Sunday's game at Sports Authority Field wears on.
The Broncos are No. 1 in the NFL in fourth-quarter scoring. The Eagles are No. 30 in fourth-quarter defense. That's without the effects of playing at altitude, or against Peyton.
"I've played here many times as a competitor and early you feel (the altitude)," Broncos coach John Fox said.
Do the Eagles have an advantage with those extra days of preparation?
"I don't know," Manning said in the coldest answer of his weekly media session. "I guess we'll find out."
When Manning chose the Broncos as a free agent, he immediately rifled through the team's media guide to get better acquainted with the roster and front-office staff.
That attention to detail suggests Manning is aware of any comments directed his way.
Was sticking a Post-It note to the Broncos bulletin board really a good idea from Kelly?
I don't know. I guess we'll find out.