Since teams started reporting to training camp in July, the NFL season has been working towards Sunday’s Super Bowl. This year’s championship game will feature the top seeds from both conferences as the Kansas City Chiefs (16-3) take on the Philadelphia Eagles (16-3).
This game will be played at State Farm Stadium in Arizona, with kickoff scheduled for 6:30 pm ET.
The Eagles are the favorites in this one. They are -122 to win, while the Chiefs’ moneyline sits at +104. The spread features Kansas City as 1.5-point underdogs (-110), and the over/under for total points is 50.5.
Chiefs Look To Experience To Give Them Edge
While Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes are widely considered two of the best at their craft, they are each trying to cement their legacies by winning their second Super Bowls.
While the Eagles might look like the more complete team on paper, the Chiefs certainly have the experience factor in their favor. They won it all in 2020, and this is the third time in four years they have played in the Super Bowl.
Throughout the season, the Chiefs and Eagles tied for the most points per game at 28.7 per game. For Kansas City, this was in large part thanks to this year’s MVP, Patrick Mahomes. During the regular season, he threw for 5,250 yards, 41 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.
Mahomes’ favorite target continues to be tight end Travis Kelce. In 17 games during the regular season, Kelce had 110 receptions for 1,338 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Defensively, the Chiefs rank 15th overall, allowing opponents an average of 21.5 points per game.
Eagles Balanced On Both Sides Of The Ball
While the Chiefs are strong on offense, the Eagles are elite on both sides of the ball. This season, their defense ranked fourth in the NFL, allowing just 18.8 points per game. In their last three games, they have allowed an average of just 10 points.
Leading the way for the defense during the regular season was T.J. Edwards (159 tackles), Haason Reddick (16 sacks), and C.J. Gardner-Johnson (six interceptions).
In fact, the biggest matchup to watch in this game is whether Kansas City’s offensive line can hold back the defensive front of the Eagles. If they can’t, the Eagles might run away with this one early.
On offense, the runner-up in the MVP race was Eagles’ quarterback Jalen Hurts. During the regular season, he threw for 3,701 yards, 22 touchdowns, and six interceptions. He also rushed for 760 yards and another 13 scores.
Through the air, Hurts primarily looks for A.J. Brown (1,496 yards, 11 touchdowns) and Devontae Smith (1,196 yards, seven touchdowns).
Take Philadelphia To Win And Cover
This one is a tough one to call due to so many variables coming into play. The Eagles are elite on both sides of the ball, but the Chiefs know what to expect due to their experience in Super Bowls.
Furthermore, the Chiefs will have the best player on the field Sunday in Patrick Mahomes, but if the Chiefs’ line can’t give him time to go through his progressions, he may struggle if his leg is still not at 100%.
Expect this one to be close throughout, but take Philadelphia, who has widely been considered the most complete team all season, to eventually pull away with this one as the second half progresses.
Take the Eagles to both win and to cover the modest 1.5-point spread (-110).