Eagles versus Chiefs: Who has the advantage in Super Bowl LVII?

Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs is sacked by Javon Hargrave #97 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on October 03, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs is sacked by Javon Hargrave #97 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on October 03, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs will battle it out to be crowned champions, but which team holds an advantage in Super Bowl LVII?

It’s incredibly difficult to string together a roster like the one that the Philadelphia Eagles have assembled over the past few years. It takes a flawless stretch of hitting on draft picks, capitalizing on the right positions, and developing players to reach their maximum potential. After what we’ve witnessed in 2022, it’s safe to say that the Eagles have done this as well as anyone in the league.

Philadelphia might have the most well-rounded roster in the NFL with imposing mammoths on the offensive line, talented skill players, and a young quarterback having his best NFL season. Defensively, they have two full rotations on the defensive line who can stop the run and get after the quarterback as well as a secondary that can make teams pay.

But will all of these things combined be enough? After blowing the San Francisco 49ers out of the water in the NFC championship game, the Eagles have advanced to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, their biggest challenge still awaits.

Philly will go toe-to-toe with a team that has been equally as impressive during the 2022 season — led, of course, by quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

It’s a bit intimidating knowing that Mahomes has the capability of embarrassing any spectacular defense on any given week. Earlier in the 2022 season, they pulverized the 49ers’ defense on the road in a 44-23 victory. Though Jalen Hurts will get some MVP votes, Mahomes is going to run away with another prestigious award this year, and getting past the league’s best quarterback won’t be easy.

Mahomes isn’t the only superstar player the Chiefs have either. Tight end Travis Kelce must be accounted for with his ability to chew up yards across the middle of the field, while Chris Jones is a game-wrecker on the defensive side of the ball.

With two of the best teams set to square off in Super Bowl LVII, which team will have the advantage?

Eagles hold a competitive edge over Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII

For Eagles fans, it’s hard to breathe a sigh of relief just yet; that won’t happen until the clock ticks down on the Super Bowl. However, you should feel very confident about your team, as I do believe that Philadelphia holds the competitive edge in this pivotal contest.

Let’s pull the stinger out of the skin first: the Chiefs have arguably the best player in football in Patrick Mahomes. I don’t think there are many who would argue against that. However, we have seen that good defenses have been able to hold him in check. Earlier in the year, the Bengals did this as Cincinnati was able to pull off a 24-27 win. The Eagles could do something similar.

Additionally, just because Mahomes is considered the better player, that doesn’t mean that Jalen Hurts can’t outperform him in Super Bowl LVII. He’s got an outstanding offensive line to help protect him and Hurts has been spot-on with the football this year.

Even if Hurts doesn’t win this head-to-head matchup, I would still give the edge to the Eagles. Outside of quarterback, if we break down these rosters from front to back, there might only be a position or two where the Chiefs are better. In terms of depth, these squads really aren’t even comparable, as Kansas City doesn’t have the luxury of deploying terrific players off the bench.

We can also look at this game from an injury standpoint. Though there are a few Eagles who are banged up at the moment, these bumps and bruises pale in comparison to the injuries the Chiefs are facing. Last week, Kansas City had three receivers who missed some practice time leading up to the AFC championship game.

Of course, no injury is bigger than the lingering ankle sprain of Patrick Mahomes. If this hinders his mobility even a little in the Super Bowl, Chiefs fans could be in for a long night thanks to the Eagles’ elite pass rush.

As good as Kansas City is and with the best quarterback in the league, Philadelphia Eagles fans should still take some comfort in this game. They have one of the strongest rosters assembled in football over the past decade, for my money, and this gives them a competitive advantage in Super Bowl LVII.

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