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Chiefs Vs. Eagles Super Bowl LVII

This year’s Super Bowl, where the Kansas City Chiefs will take on the Philadelphia Eagles, will take place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 12, 2023.  The last time a Super Bowl was played at this stadium was Super Bowl 49 in 2015 when the Patriots barely beat the Seahawks in one of the most exciting Super Bowls ever.  As fans of the game  pray that they might get a game as exciting to watch as that game was and if not, at least they  get to watch Rihanna during the halftime show.

The Chiefs via Chiefs Wire- USA Today

First off let’s start with the Chiefs.  They have the best quarterback in the NFL, MVP winner Patrick Mahomes.  The Chiefs are leading the league in total passing yards by over 400 yards.   In addition to this, the Chiefs offensive line has drastically improved from their last Super Bowl appearance in 2020 jumping to the second best offensive line this season.  To move to the defensive side, the Chiefs had a top 10 run defense.  With all of these positives there comes negatives.  The Chiefs are bottom half in passing yards allowed, middle of the pack in points allowed per game, and their offensive run game is middle to bottom half of the league. 

The Eagles via The Liberty Line.

On the other hand we have the Eagles who look like a completely different team.  The Eagles have the best run game by a large margin with Jalen Hurts, Miles Sander, Boston Scott, Kennneth Gainwell, all who have helped lead this team to a Super Bowl appearance.  In addition to this, they have a top ten passing offense, the best offensive line in the league this season, and on the defensive side they have the best passing defense in the league this season.  The Eagles have great strengths, but they have some big weaknesses as well.  The Eagles have a bad run defense which leads to other teams running the ball more and gives the other team more time with the ball which can chew the clock and take away momentum from the Eagles offense and the defense will become exhausted.  This was showcased in the game the Eagles lost to the Commanders, where the Commanders basically outplayed them.  

Mahomes holding the AFC Championship Trophy via Kansas City Chiefs.

Who are the players to watch for the Chiefs are Patrick Mahomes has thrown for 5,250 passing yards which is the fourth most in a season ever, Travis Kelce who has been Mahomes’ go to man for now and the past years, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling who just went for 116 yards receiving and 1 touchdown in the win over Cincinnati in the AFC Championship Game.  In addition, Isiah Pacheco could have a breakout game because the Chiefs will try to expose the Eagles’ weaknesses.  On the defensive side, keep an eye on L’Jarious Sneed who just cleared concussion protocol and will most likely guard the Eagles best receiverA.J. Brown.   Also, Watch Chris Jones and Frank Clark to see if they can get pressure on Hurts and the Eagles pass and run game.

Haason Reddick Strip Sacking Brock Purdy in the NFC Championship game via Temple Owls.

Players to watch for the Eagles on the offensive side are Jalen Hurts, who is an MVP finalist this year. Let’s see if he can perform in the big lights.  Also, watch the Eagles Offensive line to see if they keep playing great and withstand the Chiefs great front seven.  On the defensive side, the linebackers and safeties that have to try and cover Travis Kelce and Hasson Reddick who had 16 sacks this season and Brandon Graham who was heroic in the Super Bowl against the Patriots strip sacking Tom Brady Securing the win. 

The Chiefs look like they will win it all because they have more experience since they have gone to 3 out of the last 4 Super Bowls.  In addition, I trust that Patrick Mahomes will be more calm and collected under the bright lights since he has been in this situation many times before and Hurts has not.  Also, I believe Mahomes will have an easier time picking apart the Eagles great passing defense, than the Eagles will have breaking down the Chiefs run defense.