Super Bowl 57 Matchup Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Philadelphia Eagles
By Liz Bhandari
This season has just flown by, as we are already heading into the Super Bowl. The Kansas City Chiefs will be lining up against the Philadelphia Eagles in a battle of conferences to determine which squad can etch their name in the history books. Let’s look at what we can expect from both teams here.
First things first, the Chiefs are always competitive. That’s one thing that’s helped them be so good the past few years. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes always gives them an opportunity to win the game, and he’s a guy that you don’t want to have the ball with time on the clock. Mahomes is 10-3 overall in the postseason throughout his five years as a starter there, and he has helped Kansas City lead the league in scoring this season. They average 28.2 points per game and 6.4 yards per play, also the highest in the NFL. Travis Kelce is the best tight end in the league as well, giving Mahomes a fantastic option down the field. It should be noted though that Mahomes is battling an ankle injury. It didn’t really hurt him against the Cincinnati Bengals, but something to monitor if he can’t scramble as well. The one area that the Chiefs should be worried about is their secondary. They were not very good against the pass and allowed a touchdown on 67 percent of opponents red zone trips. The Eagles offense is too good to have a bad day in the secondary. Kansas City is going to ask a lot out of those guys back there to avoid this being a shootout.
On the other side, the Eagles likely have the best roster in the NFL. Jalen Hurts leads the way with a star-studded trio in the passing game, a phenomenal offensive line, three running backs that can get the job done and a defense that forces a lot of turnovers. In fact, they just forced three fumbles against the San Francisco 49eres in the NFC Championship game. Philadelphia’s roster has quite literally everything that you could be asking for out of a championship team. It’s what has made them blow the doors off everybody that they’ve gone up against with Jalen Hurts as the starter. Their pass rush is also excellent, as they had a total of 70 sacks throughout the regular season. This is the third most sacks by a single team in league history mind you. However, Philadelphia hasn’t played a complete offense like the Chiefs though, and it might catch their secondary off guard a little bit early on. It could be a weakness that Mahomes will capitalise on.
The bottom line though is that this looks like it’ll turn into a shootout. Philadelphia does have the defense to limit the Chiefs, and the pass rush, but it’s hard to see them getting locked down all game. These two teams will be putting up a significant number of points throughout the night, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the team with the ball last winning the game.
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