Super Bowl QBs: Patrick Mahomes vs Jalen Hurts
There is no role more important in football than that of the quarterback. There’s a reason why quarterbacks have won the Super Bowl MVP award more than any other position. With the ball in their hands on nearly every offensive snap, quarterbacks have the ability to take over a game at any moment. In this article, we’ll compare this Super Bowl LVII’s quarterbacks: Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts.
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The two teams playing in this year’s Super Bowl are the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles. Super Bowl LVII will take place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, the home of the Arizona Cardinals. The game is scheduled for Sunday, February 12 with the opening kickoff coming a few minutes after 6:30 p.m. ET. Bovada Sportsbook already has Super Bowl betting odds available, with the Eagles opening as two-point favorites over the Chiefs and the over currently set at 50.
Quarterback Comparison For Super Bowl LVII
The Chiefs and Eagles boast talented rosters that are loaded with playmakers on both sides of the ball, but none greater than these two Super Bowl quarterbacks. Both Mahomes and Hurts are the driving force behind their respective teams, as evident by the fact that both Super Bowl quarterbacks are nominated to win this year’s NFL MVP award. Before we take a closer look at both Super Bowl quarterbacks individually, here’s how they stack up on paper:
|Patrick Mahomes||Jalen Hurts|
|Team||Kansas City Chiefs||Philadelphia Eagles|
|Weight||225 lbs||223 lbs|
|Drafted||2017: Rd 1, Pk 10||2020: Rd 2, Pk 53|
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Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs
If you’ve followed the NFL over the past few seasons, you should already know just how good Patrick Mahomes is with a football in his hands. The son of a former MLB pitcher, many people underestimate his athleticism and toughness. Mahomes has dominated since entering the NFL, picking up a Super Bowl title, Super Bowl MVP honors, NFL MVP award, Offensive Player of the Year and two First-Team All-Pro selections. All of this comes in just five years of being Kansas City’s full-time starter. The Chiefs Super Bowl-winning quarterback has now led his team to their third Super Bowl appearance of the past four years and will look to claim his second NFL championship with a win over the Eagles on February 12.
Mahomes guided Kansas City to a 14-3 record this season to win the AFC West division, as well as claim the AFC’s No. 1 seed and first-round bye. The prolific passer enjoyed a solid campaign from start to finish and managed to throw at least one touchdown pass in every game this season. He even flirted with the NFL’s all-time single-season passing record, as the Chiefs were able to move the ball through the air seemingly at will. In total, Mahomes threw for 5,250 yards on 67% passing with an NFL-leading 41 touchdowns versus just 12 interceptions.
After suffering a high-ankle sprain in his Divisional Round matchup with the Jaguars, all eyes were on Mahomes in the AFC Championship Game as he attempted to lead his team past Cincinnati and back to the Super Bowl. While it was evident he wasn’t 100%, Mahomes gutted out a performance for the ages, eventually sealing the game with an impressive first down run on a hobbled ankle. That gritty play allowed the Chiefs to kick the game-winning field goal with just seconds left on the clock. Despite his ankle and a number of other injuries on offense, Mahomes finished the game 29 of 43 for 326 yards and two touchdown passes.
With two full weeks of rest leading up to Super Bowl LVII in Arizona, you can be sure Mahomes will be healthy and ready to play come kickoff time. The star quarterback will have a tough test versus Philadelphia’s vaunted defensive front and solid secondary, but if there’s anyone up to the task, it’s Patrick Mahomes.
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Jalen Hurts – Philadelphia Eagles
Perhaps no player in the Super Bowl has taken a bigger step forward this season than Jalen Hurts. The Eagles quarterback is playing in just his third season in the NFL, yet seems to have already unlocked the full potential of this offense. Following a college football career that saw him at both Alabama and Oklahoma, Hurts struggled during his rookie season but in Philadelphia has steadily improved under the tutelage of head coach, Nick Sirianni. The dual-threat Super Bowl quarterback has now led the Eagles to the playoffs in back-to-back years, earning a Second-Team All-Pro nod and NFL MVP nomination for his outstanding play this season.
Just like his Super Bowl adversary, Hurts guided his team to a 14-3 record during the regular season. The Eagles finished first in a strong NFC East division and were able to secure the conference’s No. 1 seed and first-round bye. From a statistical standpoint, Hurts had the best season of his young career as he threw for 3,701 yards on 67% passing and 22 touchdowns with only 6 interceptions. He also managed to rack up 760 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns with his legs, making him a matchup nightmare for defenses around the NFL.
Hurts has had the luxury of not needing to be at his best so far during these NFL Playoffs, with the Eagles picking up fairly easy wins over the Giants and 49ers on their path to Super Bowl LVII. While he’s still coming back from a shoulder injury that kept him out in Week 16 and 17 of the regular season, Hurts seems to be near full strength behind what is arguably the league’s best offensive line. The Eagles didn’t need much from their quarterback in those first two playoff matchups, with Hurts throwing for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns in both games combined. He also ran for a score in each game, showing off his quickness and speed.
This will be the first Super Bowl appearance of Jalen Hurts’ career, but it certainly doesn’t look like the last based on how he’s played this season. With his ability to throw over the top of a defense and his speed creating tons of RPO possibilities for the offense, Hurts has the talent needed to take over Super Bowl LVII.
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