Supercomputer predicts Chiefs vs. Eagles winner at Super Bowl LVII — and it couldn’t be closer
AFTER five months it will come down to the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs
The NFC and AFC champions meet at University of Phoenix Stadium, but even a computer struggles to decide between these two teams.
After both finishing top of the league with a 14-3 record, the Eagles and Chiefs are neck and neck on their way to the Super Bowl.
According to ESPN’s NFL Football Power Index, both have an exact 50 percent chance of winning the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
However, the Chiefs marginally outweigh the Eagles 12.8-12.5 in the index’s FPI based on a team’s “true strength in terms of net points.”
Here, the Chiefs have the upper hand over offense and specialty teams, while the Eagles take the lead on defense.
In comparison, the Eagles lead the Chiefs on their “net efficiency” scale.
With one win apiece according to the ESPN Index, this year’s Super Bowl is too close to call it.
In reality, there are a number of extenuating circumstances that could affect pre-kick odds – none more so than injuries.
Arguably the biggest question mark of all is the status of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes after he sustained a high ankle sprain in the divisional round against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Elsewhere for Kansas City, cornerback L’Jarius Sneed, linebacker Willie Gay Jr. and receivers Kadarius Toney, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman all walked out of their championship game against the Cincinnati Bengals with injuries and will be worth keeping an eye out for Super Bowl weekend.
In comparison, the Eagles left the championship weekend relatively unscathed and are traveling to Arizona with a comparatively clean record of health.
Healthy or not, the Eagles and Chiefs meet Sunday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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