In 5 days we will kick off Super bowl 57 with the Kansas City Chiefs at the Philadelphia Eagles. This should be a great game with both teams talented on both sides of the ball. On paper the Eagles are the team to beat and have been the best team this season. They have a talented quarterback, strong running backs and great receivers. On defense there pass rush is at the top and they have some of the best cornerbacks. But as we all know this is the NFL and the best team doesn’t always win. On the Chiefs side of the ball, they have one of the best coaches, a great offensive coordinator, a top QB, a dlineman that causes havoc everytime he’s on the field. If anybody can beat the Eagles it’s the Chiefs. It will be a challenge, but I think a challenge there ready for.
What Eagles have to do to win: The Eagles have so many weapons on both sides of the ball. On offense, they need to keep the Chiefs off balance. They need to run, run, run and use the read option. Just like the Chiefs they don’t want to drop back and pass every play and have Chris Jones coming up the gut. Jalen Hurts must know when to tuck the ball and run. He can’t make the mistakes he made against the Commanders in their first loss. On defense, they need to get to Patrick Mahomes early and often. We think that Mahomes’s ankle will be good, but they need to make his life miserable. They need to be careful though and maybe only rush 4 dlineman, blitzing Mahomes probably won’t work. Minimize there mistakes and they should win.
What Chiefs have to do to win: Run, Run, Run, Run, screens, and quick passes (extension of the run). That’s their key to the game for a few reasons. 1. It keeps the Eagles high flying offense off the field. Chiefs won’t likely win in a track meet. 2. The run will set up the pass to Travis Kelce and the other talented receivers. You will see a lot of screens, quick passes to the outside and have the receivers run. This will neutralize the Eagles pass rush. It looks like Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be in this game which will bode well for the Chiefs.
As talented as the Eagles are, they’ve had a fairly easy schedule this year with the exception of a few games. They haven’t had a huge test this year but Sunday will be one. It’s the veteran coach against the young coach, who will out coach who? I’ve gone back and forth on this one and on paper Eagles all the way. I wonder how they will play if there punched in the mouth early. If the Eagles go down 14-0 can they play the drop back and pass game to come back. I don’t think so because there bread and butter is running with both their running backs and quarterback.
Super Bowl Prediction:
Chiefs 31 Eagles 28