Super Bowl 57: Chiefs vs. Eagles
This Super Bowl features the two best teams from the regular season. The Chiefs, led by Patrick Mahomes, have been explosive on offense, despite losing Tyreek Hill in the offseason. Their defense has even picked it up when it mattered, despite relying on many rookies and lacking big-name talent outside of Chris Jones. The Eagles, on the other hand, boast one of the NFL’s best defenses, complemented by one of the best offenses. They are one of the most well-rounded teams the NFL has seen in a while. It will likely come down to whether or not the experience of Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid, and the rest of the Chiefs can beat out the talent of Jalen Hurts, Hasson Reddick, and the rest of the Eagles.
Below are the predictions from some members of the Sports section of The Gavel:
Game MVP: Travis Kelce
Super Bowl LVII will be a crazy one. Two teams with ridiculously strong offenses, including the two best quarterbacks in the league who both have versatile weapons, whether it be the Chiefs’ Travis Kelce and Isaiah Pacheco or the Eagles’ A.J. Brown and Devonta Smith. Not to mention both of their defenses, where the Eagles have formidable pass-rushers like Hasson Reddick and bull-dozer Fletcher Cox, while the Chiefs have a mean Chris Jones on the defensive line. In the end, as both teams have equally great players on both sides of the field, the game will come down to experience. With Patrick Mahomes leading the Chiefs to three out of the last four Super Bowls, I believe the Chiefs will come out victorious because they know how to play on the big stage.
Game MVP: Patrick Mahomes
I think Kansas City is going to win simply because of Patrick Mahomes. When he is in the zone he connects his passes well and gets the team going offensively.
Game MVP: Patrick Mahomes
When looking at the Eagles and Chiefs, it’s clear who has the better overall team. The Eagles have a better defensive line, secondary, wide receivers, and even offensive line, but fall short of the Chiefs in one crucial area, quarterback. While the team around Jalen Hurts has helped carry him to a super bowl, he hasn’t been a major factor in any of his team’s wins since before his injury. This could be attributed to the injury itself or Hurts shying away from big moments. In either case, Patrick Mahomes did both in the AFC Championship game as he led his team to a close victory over the Bengals while playing on a high ankle sprain. Despite the Eagles best efforts, he will do it again in another tight game. Mahomes wants another Super Bowl and no one will stop him. As such, while I think members of the Chiefs like Travis Kelce and Chris Jones will have good games, it will ultimately be Mahomes coming away with the Super Bowl MVP.
Game MVP: Jalen Hurts
On paper, just about everything points to the Eagles being the better team. They are better at every position group except for quarterback and coaching. However, the quarterback and coach they are up against are Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid. The two of them together have been nothing short of spectacular. They have made it to three of the last four Super Bowls including this one. When they beat the 49ers, they managed to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. In their loss to the Buccaneers, Patrick Mahomes was running for his life, and Tom Brady had all day to throw. Going up against the best pass rush in the NFL, along with one of, if not the best, offensive lines in the league, will be a tall task for the Chiefs. The Eagles, with all of their weapons on offense, as well as their extraordinary play at the line of scrimmage on both sides, will control this game and come out victorious. They have a lot of players on both sides of the ball who could win the MVP, but it’s hard to not pick their quarterback who has been electric, throwing the deep ball and on the ground.