One of the most fun parts of the NFL Championship season is making Super Bowl bold predictions — and often betting on them.
For this year’s chalk matchup of both No. 1 conference playoff seeds — the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs — plenty of star players and intricate layers of intrigue will be at play.
Read on for The Game Day NFL staff’s bold predictions for Chiefs vs Eagles in the 2023 Super Bowl.
Super Bowl 57 Bold Predictions
Someone besides Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes attempts a pass
Last year, Joe Mixon threw a halfback pass for a touchdown. I think we will see a similar play in Super Bowl 57.
Travis Kelce has been featured at quarterback in some packages this season and threw a touchdown in last year’s playoff blowout over the Steelers. Andy Reid is as creative as any play-caller in the NFL, and with the extra week, he’ll be digging deep into his bag of tricks.
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Both quarterbacks have had injuries in the last month and will be under the fire of their opponent’s defensive line. Even if Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes are able to stay healthy and upright, one of these teams will try to steal a cheap gainer with a double pass, halfback pass, or a position player at quarterback. — LANCE PATTON
Neither the Eagles nor the Chiefs will attempt a punt
Super Bowl 57 features a pair of teams that ended the regular season with top-three offenses in total yards and points. The Eagles and Chiefs were also in the top five in fewest punts per game, both averaging fewer than 3.3.
When you have two high-octane offenses matching up, punts should not be the norm. In fact, they could be nonexistent.
With an Over/Under total set at 50.5 at DraftKings Sportsbook, oddsmakers believe that this will be a high-scoring game. If you can find a “Neither team to attempt a punt" prop, it’s worth a sprinkle. — ANTHONY CERVINO
Jalen Hurts Super Bowl Bold Predictions
Jalen Hurts will set the Super Bowl QB rushing record
The Eagles’ MVP averaged 50.7 rushing yards per game this season, with his 760 total rushing yards ranking as the second most all-time for a QB reaching the Super Bowl.
I expect Hurts to eclipse the 64 yards that Steve McNair posted in Super Bowl XXXIV and set a new rushing record against a Chiefs defense that will be on its heels against the pass. — MATT WILLIAMS
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Jalen Hurts will run for at least 80 yards
He did this three times during the regular season, and the stars align for him to do this again.
The continued improvement of his injured shoulder will be a big part of this. It has limited what he can do down the stretch, although an extra week off should treat him well.
This, coupled with Kansas City’s excellent pass rush, creates the perfect storm of ground production — something I’ll look to target in player prop betting. Hurts will burn KC on the ground, largely out of necessity, to lead his team to victory. — ADAM KRAMER
Jalen Hurts rushes for 75+ yards and two touchdowns
Hurts has rushed for 15 touchdowns this year, two of which have come in the postseason. He has found the end zone two or more times in three games, along with 75+ yards on the ground on three occasions.
A shoulder injury has limited him to less than four yards per carry in his last three games. However, the extra week of rest could have him feeling refreshed for the Super Bowl. This could help his mobility, resulting in a more efficient output on the ground.
Expect Hurts to have a big game as a runner in this one. — FRANK AMMIRANTE
Jalen Hurts rushes for 100+ yards
With an injured throwing shoulder, Jalen Hurts will run the ball even more than usual. With the potential for long runs, if the Chiefs are out of position on a pass rush, I would not be shocked if Hurts accumulates at least 100 rushing yards. — KEVIN DAVIS
Eagles Super Bowl 57 Predictions
The Chiefs outgain the Eagles, but Philadelphia still wins
Turnovers have come at some inopportune times for Mahomes’ Chiefs this year, and with Philly being among the best at generating takeaways, the Eagles will get several opportunities to take advantage of a short field.
Hurts will capitalize on those situations and guide his team to victory, thanks in part to their tremendous defense. — GARRETT CHORPENNING
The Eagles defense will score a TD
Philadelphia’s defense has forced 31 turnovers in 19 games and has scored two touchdowns. If you watched Haason Reddick wreak havoc on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, you know he has the potential to ruin a game by forcing pressure or a strip-sack.
Eagles D/ST to score was about +650 at DraftKings on Jan. 30. Look for Reddick to either score on a fumble or force a pick that either Darius Slay or James Bradberry return for a touchdown. — PAT PICKENS
Quez Watkins will catch a long TD pass
Watkins was targeted only once in the NFC Championship Game, yet he is always capable of hitting on a big play. He is my pick to be an unlikely/unheralded Super Bowl hero as the Eagles win their second championship.
The way to attack the Chiefs’ defense is in the secondary: KC allowed an AFC-high 20 TD passes to WRs during the regular season.
Kansas City will be so heavily focused on containing the run and A.J. Brown that Watkins will burn them for a big score. — SCOTT ENGEL
Chiefs Super Bowl 57 Bold Predictions
The Chiefs run a variation of the Philly Special
If Patrick Mahomes is healthy enough to pull it off, I’m convinced that this happens. Let’s look at who we’re dealing with here. This is Andy Reid with extra time to prepare.
In the AFC Championship Game, the Chiefs ran a hook-and-ladder play with Travis Kelce in the first quarter when they were winning 3-0. You’re telling me Reid won’t have something special cooked up for a Super Bowl showdown against his former team?
Whether it’s a two-point conversion attempt or a standard red-zone play, we are seeing another Philly Special — maybe by Philly’s Super Bowl opponents this time. — JOHN ARLIA