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Super Bowl LVII Preview – Eagles And Chiefs Set For Battle Of Top Seeds On Sunday

For only the ninth time since 1975, the top two seeds in the NFL’s AFC and NFC conferences will meet each other in Glendale Arizona to contest Super Bowl LVII this Sunday (kick off 11.30pm UK Time).

The NFC Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles will take on the AFC’s finest in the Kansas City Chiefs, with both teams having a 14-3 regular season record fo finish as the top seed in their respective conferences.

As one of the biggest sporting events of the year around the world, the Super Bowl will be beamed live to millions and millions worldwide and you can be sure that many of them watching will also be enjoying a wager on the game.

If you would like to do so then bet365 Sport has extensive Super Bowl LVII betting available across a wide range of pre-game markets, and there will also be plenty of In Play betting available when the game kicks off on Sunday too.

Let us now take a look at how the two teams compare ahead of Sunday’s big game by giving ratings to all the key coaches and players ahead of the game. All ratings shown are out of 10.

Philadelphia Eagles v Kansas City Chiefs – Super Bowl LVII Tale of the Tape

Coaching Staff

Philadelphia EaglesCoaching TeamKansas City Chiefs
Nick Sirianni – 10Head CoachAndy Reid – 10
Shane Steichen – 9.5Offensive CoordinatorEric Bieniemy – 10
Jonathan Gannon – 9.5Defensive CoordinatorSteve Spagnuolo – 9
Michael Clay – 7Special Teams CoordinatorDave Toub – 7

Coaching Staff TotalsEagles 36/40 – Chiefs 36/40

The two teams look very well matched in terms of key staff, with Reid and Sirianni outstanding head coaches, supported by some of the very best offensive and defensive coordinators. Don’t pay too much attention to the lower scores for Special Teams – both teams have not had to rely too often on Special Teams plays this season, which is why their scores are not as high.

Running TotalEagles – 36/40 – Chiefs – 36/40

Playing Staff 1 – Offense

Philadelphia EaglesOffenseKansas City Chiefs
Jalen Hurts – 9.5QuarterbackPatrick Mahomes – 10
Miles Sanders – 8.5Running BackIsiah Pacheco (R) – 8
Kenneth Gainwell – 7.5Full/Running Back 2Jerick McKinnon – 8
Jordan Mailata – 8Right TackleOrlando Brown – 8
Landon Dickerson – 8.5Right GuardJoe Thuney – 8
Jason Kelce – 10CenterCreed Humphrey – 7
Isaac Seumalo – 7Left GuardTrey Smith – 7
Lane Johnson – 8.5Left TackleAndrew Wylie – 7
Dallas Goedert – 7.5Tight EndTravis Kelce – 10
A.J.Brown – 9.5Wide Receiver 1JuJu Smith-Schuster – 7.5
DeVonta Smith – 9Wide Receiver 2Marquez Valdes-Scantling – 7

Offense Totals – Eagles 93/110 – Chiefs 87/110

It’s strange to think that a team that has the best quarterback and Tight End in the NFL are not the strongest on offense when you add all things up, but that is how it has worked out. I think aside from the line, the Chiefs more than match up well with the Eagles, but it is the strength of that Eagles offensive line which is so impressive with Jason Kelce still the best center in the game and the leader of the best o-line in football. Brilliant seasons from Sanders, Hurts, Brown and Smith mean the Eagles also offer plenty of offense themselves and with great depth in the running game, the Chiefs defense is going to be worked very hard against a team that has put up 69 points in the post-season with just 14 conceded.

Running Totals – Eagles 129/150 – Chiefs 123/150

Playing Staff 2 – Defense

Philadelphia EaglesDefenseKansas City Chiefs
Brandon Graham – 8.5Left Defensive EndGeorge Karlaftis (R) – 7
Fletcher Cox – 8.5Left Defensive TackleKhalen Saunders – 7
Javon Hargreave – 8.5Right Defensive TackleChris Jones – 10
Josh Sweat – 9Right Defensive EndFrank Clark – 8.5
Haason Reddick – 10Left Outside LinebackerCarlos Dunlap – 7.5
T.J.Edwards – 7Inside LinebackerNick Bolton – 7
Kyzir White – 8Right Outside LinebackerWillie Gay Jr – 7
Darius Slay – 8.5Right CornerbackL’Jarius Snead – 7.5
James Bradberry – 7.5Left CornerbackTrent McDuffie (R) – 7.5
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson -8Strong SafetyJustin Reid – 7
Reed Blankenship (R) – 6.5Free SafetyJuan Thornhill – 7

Defense Totals – Eagles 90/110 – Chiefs 83/110

For me, both these teams have one player on defense that is the best in their position in the NFL, Haason Reddick for the Eagles, and Chris Jones for the Chiefs. However, the depth the Eagles have on the defensive line and at linebacker, and the ability for players to switch between these roles, gives them a considerable advantage in my view. I also feel the Eagles linebackers and safeties are stronger than the Chiefs, which means that the Chiefs defense is going to have to be on its very best form against this Eagles offense. Additionally,  if Haason Reddick continues his post-season form for the Eagles, he may well be the player that decides the outcome in the game in favour of the Eagles, especially if Mahomes high-ankle sprain has not fully recovered.

Running Totals – Eagles 219/260 – Chiefs 206/260

Playing Staff 3 – Special Teams

Philadelphia EaglesSpecial TeamsKansas City Chiefs
Brett Kern – 9PunterTommy Townsend – 8
Jake Elliott – 7KickerHarrison Butker – 9
Rick Lovato – 7Long SnapperJames Winchester – 8
Brett Kern – 8HolderTommy Townsend – 8
Britain Covey (R) – 6.5Punt ReturnerKadarius Toney – 7
Boston Scott – 7Kick ReturnerIsiah Pacheco (R) – 9.5

Special Teams Totals – Eagles 44.5/60 – Chiefs 49.5/60

Special Teams can have a huge role in the Super Bowl, and it is fair to say that both these units have been relatively lightly used this season, chiefly because of the success of each teams offense. Even so, a big Special Teams play can change the momentum of a game, whether that is for the better, or for the worse. We’ve looked at the key six players on special teams for both teams and in our opinion, the Chiefs come out on top with a very solid unit.

Running Total – Eagles 263.5/320 – Chiefs – 255.5/320

Intangibles

Philadelphia EaglesIntangiblesKansas City Chiefs
10Fan Support10
8Big Game Experience10
8Offense Back Up Depth9
9Defense Back Up Depth7
8Off The Cuff Plays10
9.5Aggression9
9Speed8.5
9.5Physicality7.5

Intangibles Totals – Eagles 71/80 – Chiefs 70/80

Intangibles are the non-measurable metrics for each team, such as the ability for individual players to play off the cuff when a play breaks down, how aggressive, physical or quick a team is, how strong their back ups are on offense and defense, how much experience they have of big games and also how much their fans can get behind them. We’ve awarded points out of ten for all these areas for each team and that leaves us with the final total outlined below.

Final Total – Eagles 334.5/400 – Chiefs – 325.5/400

Score Prediction – Philadelphia Eagles 34-27 Kansas City Chiefs

We’re backing the Eagles to land a second Super Bowl victory here in a tight game that may well go down to the wire in the fourth quarter, however we feel the Eagles defense will make one or two key plays that will turn the game in the favour of the Eagles and lead to another Super Bowl party in the city of brotherly love.

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