Within the spirit of the standard ‘mixed XI’ forward of marquee soccer match-ups, we have tasked Coach Jeff Reinebold with selecting his mixed XIs on each offense and protection from the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles squads forward of Tremendous Bowl LVII, dwell on Sky Sports activities NFL this Sunday…
Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs)
Let’s begin with the hardest selection of all of them. You have obtained two nice younger gamers right here.
Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts, a third-year man who’s excellent within the run-pass choice sport, is a distinct kind of quarterback and has had an incredible 12 months, however I’ve to offer the sting to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.
Patrick Mahomes was named Most Worthwhile Participant at NFL Honors. It is the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs quarterback’s second league MVP award.
Mahomes’ ankle is wholesome – he is had every week off – then this can be a likelihood for him to solidify his place among the many best of all time, becoming a member of the likes of Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, Troy Aikman… guys which have gained a number of Tremendous Bowls. Tom Brady’s file of seven continues to be slightly out of attain, however it might assist him on the highway in the direction of that.
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Operating again: Miles Sanders (Eagles)
There is a completely different form of strategy from the 2 groups. For the Chiefs, they have Isaiah Pacheco, a seventh-round draft select of Rutgers, has added a bodily, indignant run fashion to their offense.
We noticed within the AFC Championship sport, when Kansas Metropolis’s receivers obtained damage and so they wanted to have the ability to run the soccer, he stepped up. It is actually uncommon for a rookie in that form of setting to make such an impression on the sport, however he actually did.
The Eagles, then again, they wish to run the soccer by committee. They have three guys, Miles Sanders, Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott who function nearly interchangeable elements. They’re going to experience with the new hand.
Two weeks in the past, once they rushed for a load of yards towards the New York Giants within the divisional spherical, Gainwell was the man. However Sanders is the RB1 and has had a profession 12 months this 12 months, speeding for 1,269. I like him and the Eagles’ committee strategy to win out on this sport.
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WR 1: AJ Brown (Eagles)
WR 2: DeVonta Smith (Eagles)
WR 3: JuJu Smith-Schuster (Chiefs)
The receiver place on this sport is actually fascinating, however you have to say the Eagles have the higher and extra wholesome group.
DeVonta Smith has actually proven via the playoffs simply why he was drafted as excessive as he was – tenth in 2021 – and he makes for a extremely dynamic duo with AJ Brown, pairing a pace man with an enormous robust unit in Brown.
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For the Chiefs, going into the season, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling had been coming in off the again of up and down years – Smith-Schuster had form of worn his welcome out with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Valdes-Scantling was actually inconsistent with the Inexperienced Bay Packers – however these guys have had a good time in Kansas Metropolis. I might decide Smith-Schuster to be my quantity three at wideout.
Tight finish: Travis Kelce (Chiefs)
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs’ Travis Kelce says that Patrick Mahomes and him are so shut attributable to off-field beers and that it makes them wish to battle more durable for one another to get a consequence on the sector.
Each tight ends are actually huge receivers, in reality. Travis Kelce is not getting paid to dam, he’s being paid to be Mahomes’ go-to man on offense, notably within the redzone. He’s going to be a Corridor of Famer, and is likely one of the greatest pass-catching tight ends this league has ever seen.
That is no knock towards Dallas Goedert, who has had a fantastic 12 months for the Eagles, however there’s just one Travis Kelce.
Left deal with: Orlando Brown (Chiefs)
Proper deal with: Lane Johnson (Eagles)
Guards: Landon Dickerson & Isaac Seumalo (each Eagles)
Heart: Jason Kelce (Eagles)
That is the place the sport is gained, actually. Up entrance within the trenches.
At left deal with, there’s the very spectacular Jordan Mailata for the Eagles and the wily veteran of Orlando Brown for Kansas Metropolis. Mailata is a superb run-blocker, however he struggles typically in cross safety – and he’ll need to step up on that entrance on this sport – and so I’ll give the sting to Brown and the Chiefs.
However you then go to proper deal with, you have to go together with Lane Johnson for the Eagles over Andrew Wylie, with Johnson having not given up a sack all 12 months lengthy.
With the the 2 guard positions, I’ll decide who I feel work as the perfect tandem. They’re very tough to separate. At left guard, you have obtained Joe Thuney for the Chiefs, who’s perhaps the perfect left guard in soccer, however I am you then’ve obtained Isaac Seumalo and Landon Dickerson for Philadelphia, who I simply suppose work higher as a partnership in creating lanes for the offense.
Donna Kelce stops by to offer her sons Travis and Jason some cookies throughout their interview on the opening evening of the Tremendous Bowl week.
At middle, it is one other powerful selection between Creed Humphrey at Kansas Metropolis and Jason Kelce from Philadelphia. Humphrey is a rising younger participant, a fantastic expertise, however Kelce goes to the Corridor of Fame – I actually consider that – and so, based mostly on his expertise, I’d give the nod to him.
Edge rushers: Haason Reddick (Eagles) & Frank Clark (Chiefs)
Inside rushers: Chris Jones (Chiefs) & Fletcher Cox (Eagles)
Let’s divide the line of defense into inside guys and edge rushers.
On the inside, there is no such thing as a higher inside rusher than Chris Jones for Kansas Metropolis within the NFL proper now – much more so than three-time defensive participant of the 12 months Aaron Donald on the Los Angeles Rams. The variety of occasions that he is capable of get to the quarterback is uncanny. He would not all the time sack them, however he’ll a minimum of hit them or make them transfer – he is a game-wrecker.
As for Philadelphia, they merely deliver so many guys at you. They have 4 stars on the two inside positions, and might deliver on recent our bodies all the time, Fletcher Cox being the standout.
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On the sting, there’s Haason Reddick for the Eagles, who has an unbelievable burst to the quarterback. We noticed that final week when he knocked Brock Purdy out of the sport for the San Francisco 49ers. He has six pressured fumbles on the 12 months and 18.5 sacks (together with playoffs). There is no such thing as a query that he’s the man that the Eagles have to wreck the sport from the sting, notably given Mahomes’ means to maneuver round within the pocket so nicely.
Then you definately’ve obtained Frank Clark of Kansas Metropolis on the opposite aspect, who’s an excellent rusher in his personal proper. He additionally all the time brings his A-game within the playoffs.
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Linebackers: Willie Homosexual & Nick Bolton (each Chiefs)
The linebacker place is an fascinating one, as a result of it’s changing into a an increasing number of undervalued place.
However I like the 2 inside linebackers for Kansas Metropolis, Willie Homosexual and Nick Bolton – each of them second-round draft decisions, in 2020 and 2021, respectively. They’re dynamic, younger guys.
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Bolton struggles slightly at occasions in cross protection, however he is an excellent tackler – and he’ll should be towards all the run-pass choice performs we’ll see out of the Eagles on Sunday.
I give the Chiefs the sting on the linebacker place.
Safeties: Justin Reid & Juan Thornhill (each Chiefs)
Once more, I feel Kansas Metropolis have the benefit on the security place. Some may take difficulty with that, however Justin Reid is huge, has size and might deal with a good finish like Dallas Goedert for the Eagles. Juan Thornhill, in the meantime, is one other dynamic participant.
The Eagles safeties are good gamers too. The rookie they’ve enjoying, Reed Blankenship – an undrafted man – obtained an opportunity later within the season when a man obtained damage, however has stepped up and performed at a reasonably excessive stage.
However, when you want a key deal with or a play on the ball, I do not suppose you possibly can look previous the Chiefs’ pairing.
Cornerbacks: Darius Slay & James Bradberry (each Eagles)
Nickel: L’Jarius Sneed (Chiefs)
At nook, it is a completely different story. It is exhausting to discover a mixture of gamers within the NFL nearly as good as Darius Slay and James Bradberry at that place.
Kansas Metropolis’s corners are younger. That is fascinating; 5 of eight guys within the secondary that the Chiefs are going to decorate on this sport are all rookies. They’re extraordinarily proficient; Trent McDuffie, their first-round draft decide this 12 months, has are available in and proven he’s going to be a fantastic participant for plenty of years, whereas L’Jarius Sneed of the Chiefs slots in at nickel nook in my crew.
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Particular groups: Eagles
That is an fascinating one, as a result of going into the playoffs, Kansas Metropolis’s particular groups unit was ranked final within the league in what is named ‘particular groups effectivity’. However they performed nice final week within the AFC Championship sport, it was an enormous cause they gained that sport towards the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Eagles perhaps do not make as many ‘splash performs’ as Kansas Metropolis are able to, however they’re very strong and, on this sport, I feel I am going to simply give the sting to Philadelphia – they’re extraordinarily sound.
Head coach: Andy Reid (Chiefs)
I wish to discuss concerning the totality of the teaching staffs, as that – in my view – is the place Kansas Metropolis have the most important edge, with the expertise of their group.
Each single coordinator they’ve, led brilliantly by Andy Reid, have been right here on the Tremendous Bowl earlier than, in order that they’re battle-tested already – they have been there and gained earlier than. That may be a big benefit.
Till you have skilled it, you do not know what it is like. Swiftly you are there and it is like, ‘Oh my god, it is for actual now’. And that may occur typically to coaches in championship soccer video games.
Chiefs 11 – 11 Eagles
You could not make it up. We have got a superbly even cut up of 11 every between the 2 groups, which simply goes to indicate you ways evenly matched these two groups actually are.
That turns into 12-12 once you add in particular groups and training. The Eagles have the higher of the cut up on offense, with seven gamers to the Chiefs’ 4, although considered one of them is quarterback Patrick Mahomes, whereas it’s the Chiefs who end up with the larger numbers on protection.
With these two loaded groups going face to face on Sunday, Tremendous Bowl LVII needs to be a basic.
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