ASK THE EXPERTS appears weekly from training camp through the Super Bowl with answers to a new question being posted Thursday morning. How the guest experts responded when we asked them: What will happen in Super Bowl LVII?
Spoiler Alert: Eagles win 37-31. The first quarter is a slog fest with no real winner. Score 0-0. Second quarter, A.J. Brown catches a TD pass and Miles Sanders runs one in, as does Isiah Pacheco for Kansas City. A Harrison Butker field goal makes it 14-10 at halftime. Rihanna is fabulous in the halftime show and her first song is "Don't Stop the Music". Kansas City takes an early third quarter lead from a Travis Kelce TD, but the Eagles battle back with two more TDs, this time from Devonta Smith and the nail in the coffin is a Jalen Hurts rushing TD. Each team trades a field goal and the score after 3 quarters is 31-20. The Chiefs start the fourth with a field goal to make it a one-score game but two more Philly field goals put it out of reach. KC scores late with a TD pass to MVS. Final, 37-31 Eagles. Jalen Hurts is MVP.
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Have to like for this Super Bowl to be higher scoring than we've seen lately. Playing in good weather in Arizona will help the passing games for both teams and this should produce a shootout. The Eagles have the better defense by far, but the Chiefs have been there and all things are possible with Patrick Mahomes who should be at least incrementally healthier. I like Kansas City to take this even though the Eagles are favored currently by one or two points depending on where you look. That's another slight that they get to take and turn into motivation as they did against the Bengals last week. It should be a great game to watch with high points and it will not be decided until late in the game, if not in the final minute. I like the over for the 49.5 point over/under.
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Full disclosure, I'm a lifelong Eagles fan and season ticket holder. So I'm completely biased on this one. I expect this to be an all-time classic matchup as the league's two best teams (1 seeds) face off with plenty of underlying stories as Andy Reid remains the Eagles all-time winningest coach, the Kelce Brothers play against each other, and we finally have two Black quarterbacks playing one another in the Bowl. I view the outcome as a legitimate coin flip, partially driven by how hurt Kansas City is, including Mahomes and the banged-up receiving corps. Naturally, I'm rooting for a tight Eagles win, but I'm not particularly confident.
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Philadelphia 31, Kansas City 27. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is the Super Bowl MVP.
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There are some injury questions that cloud the projections. How much will Patrick Mahomes be limited by his ankle, Jalen Hurts by his shoulder, and Kansas City's top wideouts (JuJu Smith-Schuster, Kadarius Toney) by the injuries they picked up in the AFC Championship game? We don't really know. But since I know Mahomes won't be moving as well as if he were fully healthy, and I know that the Eagles have one of the most productive pass rushes in NFL history, I'm concerned about that matchup for Kansas City's offense. I'm expecting a good, close game, but in critical moments late I think the Philadelphia pass rush might be able to get the better of Kansas City's quarterback. I'll go Eagles 27, Kansas City 24.
Richardson has been a contributing writer and editor to the Fantasy Football Index magazine and www.fantasyindex.com since 2002. His responsibilities include team defense and IDP projections and various site features, and he has run the magazine's annual experts draft and auction leagues since their inception. He previews all the NFL games on Saturdays and writes a wrap-up column on Mondays during the NFL season.