On Sunday, February 12th the Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 57 to compete for the coveted Lombardi trophy and become World Champions of the NFL for the 2022 NFL season. So, who do I think will win Super Bowl 57 between these two evenly matched teams?
The Philadelphia Eagles and their dominant team
First, let’s talk about the Philadelphia Eagles and their high scoring offense as well as their dominant defense.
During the 2022 NFL season the Eagles offense averaged 28.1 points per game. Most of those points and touchdowns can be attributed to Jalen Hurts with a total of 13 touchdowns this season, followed by Miles Sanders and A.J. Brown with 11 touchdowns. The Eagles were also ranked 10th in passing with Jalen Hurts, who had 3,701 passing yards, throwing for 22 touchdowns, with only six interceptions. He had 165 first down throws and completed 306 total throws during the 2022 season.
Running the rock was Miles Sanders, fifth in the league in rushing, with 1,269 yards, 11 touchdowns, with 9 runs that were for 20 or more yards and 1 run that was for 40 yards. The Eagles have two of the most dynamic receivers in Devota Smith and A.J. Brown, who had a combined 2,692 yards and 18 touchdowns this season.
On defense, the Eagles had 70 sacks this season with Haason Redick leading the charge with 16. Additionally, the dominant Reddick had five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
On the other hand, the Chiefs are similar to the Eagles both on offense and defense. During this past season the Chiefs offense averaged 29.2 points per game in 2022, most of these points scored by tight end Travis Kelce, who had a total of 12 touchdowns this season, along with Jerick McKinnon with 10 additional scores. On defense, the Chiefs had 55 sacks this season with Chris Jones leading the charge with 15.5 QB takedowns.
Who I Think Will Win Super Bowl 57
The question that has been on all football fans minds these past two weeks is who will win it all on Sunday in this match-up pitting very equal squads? Let’s consider the quarterbacks; Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Eagles Quarterback Jalen Hurts. Mahomes has thrown for 5,250 yards, 41 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and was sacked 26 times this past season; Jalen Hurts threw for 3,701 yards, 22 touchdowns, 6 interceptions and was sacked 38 times this past season. Based on these statistics, I take Hurts, because even though Mahomes has more passing yards, touchdowns and took less sacks compared to Hurts, he has thrown double the amount of interceptions than Hurts has, which suggests that Hurts will take care of the ball and limit mistakes. I also believe that Mahomes’ high ankle sprain and potential lack of mobility may play a role in his performance.
Now let’s move onto the other aspects of the offense, which are the receivers, running backs and tight-ends. All of these groups on each team brings something unique, but the Eagles seem to have more explosive offensive options compared to Mahomes, who counts Travis Kelce as his main go-to weapon. Hurts has many, DeVonta Smith or A.J. Brown from the slot position, Miles Sanders from the backfield for a screen pass option, Dallas Goedert in the flat as well as many others.
All in all, on offense I would take the Eagles any day because of the talent they possess on offense and how scary good they are. They have impressive depth.
Now let’s focus on the defensive side of the ball for both teams. The Chiefs rank 10th on defense in the NFL while the Eagles rank 15th. But let’s take a deeper look into both of these teams’ defenses to see what makes them respectively dominant. For instance, the Chiefs had 12 forced fumbles, 9 fumble recoveries. While the Eagles had 15 forced fumbles and 10 fumble recoveries. When it comes to fumbles I would take the Eagles defense since they had three more forced fumbles and six more fumble recoveries than the Chiefs did. Watch for the Eagles to try to make Mahomes fumble the ball during the game to add to their collection of forced fumbles on defense. The outcome of the game may hinge on the turnover battle.
During this past season, the Chiefs had 11 interceptions (two of which were returned for touchdowns). The Eagles had 17 interceptions during the season, two of those interceptions were also brought back for touchdowns, with 186 return yards after the interceptions.
On both sides of the ball, the Eagles appear superior compared to the Chiefs, and frankly, more entertaining. However, this will be the toughest test yet for both teams, and they will have to outduel one another and limit mistakes to ultimately be crowned Super Bowl 57 champions. In the end I strongly believe that the Eagles will come out on top and beat the Chiefs on both offense and defense and ultimately win with the final score being 45-27 Eagles. Here’s to another year of football and as always Go Birds!