What the KC Chiefs must do in order to win Super Bowl LVII
3. The wide receivers need to win against man coverage
It’s no secret that the Chiefs’ pass catchers have had injury problems as of late. Travis Kelce had a back injury pop up last minute prior to the AFC Championship Game, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Kadarius Toney left the game against the Bengals with lower body injuries, plus Mecole Hardman was placed back on injured reserve because he reaggravated his pelvic injury.
I don’t expect Smith-Schuster and Toney to be near 100%, which could be the Achilles’ heel for the offense (no pun intended). The Eagles do play a lot of zone coverage, which will help the Chiefs immensely, but if/when they do play man-to-man coverage, the pass catchers need to get open fast enough for Patrick Mahomes to get the ball out before the vaunted Philadelphia pass rush is able to hit him. I don’t have much concern about Travis Kelce but the ailing wide receiver room needs to play a solid game or else the Chiefs may struggle to move the ball.