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As we inch closer to February 12, 2023, so does Super Bowl 57 between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. The No. 1 seeds in their respective conferences, these teams have proven all season long that they’re the very best in the league, and it’s time to see who outshines the other.
This game also features two teams that Andy Reid has coached. Currently, with the Chiefs, Reid was the Eagles head coach from 1999 to 2012.
Let’s dive in.
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As seen by this point spread, this is a challenging game to call, but we’ll side with the underdog here.
Both teams have quarterbacks dealing with injuries, which aren’t exactly minimal either. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is dealing with a high ankle sprain, and Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts has a shoulder injury that actually kept him out of some games earlier in the year.
The Eagles have some injuries along the offensive line and in the secondary as well, including Lane Johnson, Cam Jurgens, and Landon Dickerson on the line and Avonte Maddox at cornerback.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs will be without wide receiver Mecole Hardman, who really hasn’t been a factor on this team in quite some time.
This game is going to depend largely on how the Eagles pass rush does against a relatively solid Chiefs offensive line. Eagles edge rusher Hassan Reddick has been a game-wrecker this season, and he will have a favorable matchup against Andrew Wylie, but will that be enough?
The Eagles have a solid run defense, but the Chiefs throw the ball well over 60% of the time, so don’t expect them to try to run at the Eagles anyway.
If the Chiefs can slow down the pass rush, Mahomes will be able to pass with success and put them in a great spot to win the game outright.
Considering the injuries to both quarterbacks and how these teams operate, under feels like the safest option. Realistically, either quarterback is one good hit away from sitting out at least a series in the game, which can thoroughly impact point totals wagers.
On top of that, the Eagles run the ball about 45% of the time, which will help churn the clock. The Chiefs should theoretically be able to score faster, but the Eagles defense is potent enough that Mahomes isn’t necessarily going to march up the field every possession.
Weather won’t be a factor here at State Farm Stadium in Arizona, but still, these are two teams that have valuable defensive pieces, but of course, the Eagles are much more equipped.
This feels like a 23-20 final score in either direction.
Kelce has scored a touchdown in seven of his last eight postseason games and is currently on a five-touchdown scoring streak.
He’ll be a favorite target of Mahomes, especially as he’ll battle with Eagles linebacker Kyzir White throughout the night, who has allowed 56 receptions on 75 targets this season.
Kelce will score here. There’s no doubt about it.
After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.More info on Richard Janvrin
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