The Best Players To Watch Out For In Super Bowl LVII
Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most exciting events in sports history with thousands of passionate NFL fans in attendance and millions watching from around the world. This year marks the NFL’s 57th big game dating back to 1966 when tickets were just $12, and an Arizona marching band performed during halftime. Nowadays, the cheapest ticket goes for a whopping $5,000 for nosebleed seats. So what stands out about Super Bowl 57? It’s the first Super Bowl with two black quarterbacks and two brothers facing off for glory. Nine-time Grammy Award winner Rhianna will headline the iconic halftime show and the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles will fight for the Vince Lombardi Trophy and submit themselves to NFL stardom. Below are the top players to watch out for in Super Bowl 57:
- Patrick Mahomes II, Quarterback, Chiefs:
The true difference maker in this game. After suffering a high ankle sprain in the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Mahomes opted to stay in the win-or-go-home game and catapulted his team to a rematch AFC Championship match against the Cincinnati Bengals. There, Mahomes, on one leg, put on the game of his life, redeeming himself from a playoff loss to the Bengals one year ago and sending the Kansas City Chiefs to their third Super Bowl in four years. Patrick Mahomes’ passion for the game is undeniable and his perseverance in playing the biggest game of his career is truly amazing. With Mahomes under center, Kansas City are legitimate contenders for another historic Super Bowl victory.
- Jalen Hurts, Quarterback, Eagles:
The only thing that stands in the way of Patrick Mahomes is Eagles commander-in-chief, quarterback Jalen Hurts. Hurts is coming off the best season of his young career and has led his team to become the scariest offense in football. Hurts has weapons all over the place. From superstar wideouts Devonta Smith and A.J. Brown, to tight end Dallas Goedert and running back Miles Sanders, the Philadelphia Eagles are a team that takes pride in each other and it shows when they step onto the field. They clearly showed it earning the number one seed in the NFC and blowing out the New York Giants and San Fransisco 49ers with a combined score of 69-14 in the process. The Eagles actually open up as one-point favorites for this game and a big contributor to their success is their quarterback Jalen Hurts.
- The Wide Receiver Core, Chiefs:
Patrick Mahomes cannot rely on the ground game with running back Isaiah Pacheco and through the air with all-pro tight end Travis Kelce. I mean, after all, the poor guy is already in pain with the ankle injury. If Patrick Mahomes hands it off to Pacheco and passes to Kelce for the whole game, the Eagles will most certainly catch on and shut the Chiefs down instantly. The wide receiver core needs to step up tremendously. I’m not saying the wideouts aren’t good, I’m saying they need to contribute enough to keep the Chief’s high-powered offense moving. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Skye Moore are all under scrutiny from NFL analysts because they think that there isn’t enough star power amongst the three of them. If Patrick Mahomes is able to equally distribute the football, then the Chiefs are considered to be an unstoppable force in this game.
- The Defense, Eagles:
They say in sports that defense wins championships and no one has clearly proved that term more this season than the Philadelphia Eagles defense. They’re loaded on all sides of the field, and it starts with their stellar defensive line. They make going after the quarterback easy. The Kansas City offensive line can be a huge deciding factor in this game considering they are going against the Eagle's defense. Even better for Philadelphia, their secondary is also performing at a high level. In the NFC Championship against the 49ers, they contributed multiple sacks and a forced fumble. If there's anything Kansas City should be worried about in this game, it's this Eagle's defense and how strong, talented, and hungry they are for this victory.