Super Bowl 2023: Five early bold predictions for Chiefs vs. Eagles, including a surprise MVP candidate

Our Super Bowl LVII match is formally set, as the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles will take on on Feb. 12 with NFL magnificence on the line. Both of these groups have actually separated themselves as the very best in the league, and there are lots of intriguing subplots that feature this match. 

This will be the very first Super Bowl where 2 bros will deal with each other, with Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and Eagles center Jason Kelce. This is likewise the very first Super Bowl match that includes 2 Black beginning quarterbacks. Andy Reid will end up being the 5th head coach to coach versus his previous group in the Super Bowl, which hasn’t took place considering that 2014. 

What will this match boil down to? Will the season end with more Patrick Mahomes heroics, or will the Eagles’ hurrying attack guideline the day? Below, we will break down 5 early strong forecasts for Super Bowl LVII. 

Mahomes sacked a postseason-high 5 times

The Eagles and Chiefs ranked 1-2 in sacks throughout the routine season, with Philly taping 70 quarterback takedowns, and Kansas City signing up 55. This is the 3rd Super Bowl match in between the leading 2 groups in sacks, and the very first Super Bowl match in between groups that tape-recorded a minimum of 55 sacks throughout the routine season. Our strong forecast is that Mahomes is sacked 5 times — which would be a profession postseason high for him.

Mahomes has actually been sacked 5 times simply as soon as, back in 2018 versus the Arizona Cardinals. In his very first Super Bowl look versus the San Francisco 49ers, Mahomes was sacked 4 times. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV — where he had a banged-up offending line — Mahomes was sacked 3 times. 

Teams have actually taken various techniques to protecting Mahomes. Some have actually tried to blitz him, while others relax with 2 high securities. Mahomes has actually had success versus both. Either method, the Eagles were No. 1 in pass-rush grade this season, per PFF. Philadelphia will count on its strengths in the greatest video game of the year.

Travis Kelce tosses a goal

The Chiefs star tight end was definitely on one after the AFC Championship win over the Cincinnati Bengals. “Burrowhead, my ass!” Our forecast is that Kelce will toss a goal to Kadarius Toney at a loss zone — a little “special” versus Philly, if you will. Kelce is a flexible red zone danger that can both discover the spaces in zone protection or take a shovel pass right up the middle for ball game. Expect something innovative from Coach Reid at a loss zone in Super Bowl LVII. 

Kelce has actually tried simply one profession pass in the playoffs. That effort opted for a 2-yard goal versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Jalen Hurts sets Super Bowl record

This might be our least strong take, since Hurts appears poised to break one Super Bowl record in specific. The terrific Steve McNair owns the Super Bowl record for the majority of hurrying backyards by a quarterback, as he hurried for 64 backyards in Super Bowl XXXIV. Hurts hasn’t struck 64 hurrying backyards considering that Week 14, however we state he gets to 65 hurrying backyards in Super Bowl LVII.

Hurts balanced 50.7 hurrying backyards per video game this season, which was simply a little under the 52.3 hurrying backyards he balanced in 2021. His 760 hurrying backyards in the routine season rank second-most amongst quarterbacks to reach the Super Bowl behind Russell Wilson in 2014. 

C.J. Gardner-Johnson makes case for Super Bowl MVP

The flexible protective back is going to play a big function in the Super Bowl. Ceedy Duce must contribute to assisting to safeguard Kelce in the death video game, and likewise as a blitzer. The previous Saint has actually tape-recorded simply 4 profession sacks, however he’s the type of gamer who requires turnovers one method or another. We saw that versus the New York Giants in the divisional round, as his pressure on Daniel Jones required the quarterback to toss an interception to James Bradberry. In the Super Bowl, Gardner-Johnson will tape-record 1.5 sacks and an interception that will put him in the discussion for Super Bowl MVP. 

The Under strikes in spite of the video game going to overtime

The Chiefs led the AFC in points scored per video game this season with 29.2, while the Eagles led the NFC in points scored per video game with 28.1. This is the seventh Super Bowl match in between the leading scoring offenses from each conference. Interestingly enough, both groups scored precisely 546 points this year, consisting of playoffs. Our strong forecast is that the Chiefs and Eagles will score the exact same quantity of points in guideline on Feb. 12, requiring the video game to overtime.

This will be the 2nd Super Bowl to go to overtime — the very first, naturally, being Super Bowl LI, which included the Atlanta Falcons blowing a 28-3 lead. While Philly and Kansas City will have additional time to score more points, it will not assist those holding tickets for the Over. The Under will strike in this video game, with the last rating being 23-20, Eagles. 

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