We’ve still got a lot of football left to play, but the 10-1 Philadelphia Eagles are looking so good that you can already feel the postseason in the air as the calendar flips to December.
The same can be said of the 9-2 Kansas City Chiefs, although it’s getting old hat in KC, as the Chiefs are trampling the competition en route to an eighth straight playoff berth as they set their sights on their fifth consecutive conference championship game appearance and beyond.
Sometimes, you’ve got to take the chalk, and so I submit that we’ll be seeing the Eagles face off against Andy Reid and the Chiefs once the playoff dust settles and Super Bowl LVII is upon us.
It sure looks like the Philadelphia Eagles will be meeting their old boss Andy Reid and his Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII.
It’s so obvious, isn’t it? But there’s no need to overthink. These are the best teams in their respective conferences. And while there are some worthy challengers and playoff tests yet to face, it would take a lot for either one to be tripped up on their way to the Big Game.
In the NFC, the Eagles’ greatest test may come from within the NFC East. They have three divisional games yet to play, so the top seed and all-important first-round bye/home-field advantage aren’t a lock yet. But if they take care of business, they will be a mere two home wins away from the Super Bowl.
Outside the division, the Minnesota Vikings will surely have the “why not us?” mentality that can make teams dangerous, although they’re still the Vikings, and their recent beatdown loss to Dallas should show that they really shouldn’t scare anyone. The real team to watch is probably the San Francisco 49ers, who are on a four-game winning streak and have the weapons in place to be a threat. In the end, the Eagles should outlast them all, but it’s not a foregone conclusion.
In the AFC, the Chiefs have the top seed all but locked up, but they will need to get by a pesky team such as the Baltimore Ravens or Tennessee Titans in their first playoff matchup. After that, it could once again come down to them and the Buffalo Bills for AFC supremacy. The Bills have already beaten the Chiefs once at Arrowhead this season, however, and the law of averages seems to say it’s unlikely that they can pull off the feat again. That’s why they play the games, though.
Or perhaps the Miami Dolphins step up and make it that far. They’re a good young team, but one that seems a year away from truly challenging, in my estimation. The point is, it’s highly likely that the Chiefs will be hoisting the Lamar Hunt Trophy at home yet again on January 29th.
Things could go haywire for either the Eagles or the Chiefs, of course, in the event of an injury to their MVP-caliber quarterbacks. An accumulation of lost bodes in other key areas could do the trick, as well. But that caveat should always be in place when it comes to sports. Simply put, if things shake out the way they’re SUPPOSED to, and these teams are at least reasonably close to full power, expect an Eagles/Chiefs showdown in Arizona this February.
If and when these clubs do arrive, Reid’s Chiefs will no doubt be favored considerably, even if the Eagles don’t lose a single game between now and then. The perception of the Eagles’ schedule being soft and the Chiefs’ multi-year run of dominance will make this feel like an underdog situation once again, even though it shouldn’t be. The Eagles will have to topple the league’s juggernaut to earn their place. Feels familiar, doesn’t it?
The pressure is on for Nick Sirianni’s Philadelphia Eagles and Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs to navigate the path toward Super Bowl LVII, where it seems like they are being drawn by some invisible force (i.e., the proverbial “football gods” and/or Fox trying to pull in as many viewers as possible). For the Eagles and the Chiefs, as Big Red is fond of saying, the time’s yours.