The title game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII features a collection of stars that should produce fireworks at a high quantity. The game is on Sunday, February 12.
The Chiefs will win if:
Patrick Mahomes plays like the MVP
The Eagles win the tale of the tape in nearly every category, but the former MVP can tip the scales in the Chiefs’ favor with a spectacular performance in Super Bowl LVII. Mahomes is one of the few quarterbacks with the talent to single-handedly win a game as a magician from the pocket.
Against the Eagles, Mahomes will need to utilize his athleticism to buy time against a ferocious pass rush that features four defenders with at least 10 sacks. Despite nursing a high-ankle sprain, the all-star passer must take advantage of the cracks and creases created by an aggressive pass rush intent on perpetuating a prolific sack rate.
If Mahomes makes a few impromptu plays to enhance an offense that puts up points in bunches, the Chiefs should be able to hang around for four quarters in a matchup that appears lopsided on paper.
The Eagles will win if:
The running game sets the tone
Despite the presence of a pair of 1,000-yard receivers on the perimeter, the Eagles are at their best relying on a gritty running game that features a dynamic 1-2 punch in the backfield, tormenting undisciplined defenders with various RPOs, misdirection and deception plays.
Jalen Hurts and Miles Sanders combined for 2,000-plus rushing yards (2,049) and 16 touchdowns as the primary ball carriers in the Eagles’ power-based offense. With the best offensive line in football specializing in knocking defenders off of the ball, the Eagles can force the Chiefs to play more “plus-one” fronts with one-on-one coverage on the outside by successfully running the ball early in the contest.
If the Eagles can pick up four yards or more on early down runs while controlling the clock with a deliberate tempo, they can successfully utilize a “keep away” strategy that limits Mahomes’ touches while wearing down a Chiefs defensive front that lacks the depth to handle the body blows of a 12-round fight.