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Report: LeSean McCoy likely won’t play in Super Bowl LIV - Arrowhead Pride
Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy will likely be inactive for Sunday’s Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The news should come as no surprise, with McCoy playing only one snap in the team’s Divisional round against the Houston Texans and then being inactive for the AFC title game against the Tennessee Titans. McCoy last had a carry in the Chiefs’ game against the Denver Broncos during Week 15.

Which player from the 2020 Super Bowl teams would you steal? - BGN
Here’s a thought experiment ahead of Super Bowl LIV: if the Eagles could steal ONE player from the Kansas City Chiefs OR the San Francisco 49ers, who would you most like to see added to Philadelphia’s roster?

Babes On Broad #23: We’ll Figure It Out - BGN Radio
Sam Wilson & Jessica Towne give an update on the Eagles OC search and take some time to talk about the shocking and tragic Kobe Bryant news. Powered by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation!

A Pressing Situation - Iggles Blitz
I was hoping the Eagles would bring in someone from the outside. That person could offer new ideas and a new perspective to give the offense a boost. Doug Pederson is a gifted offensive coach. Despite all their injuries, the Eagles were 12th in the NFL in points scored. It isn’t like the Eagles need an overhaul. Still, adding an outsider to the mix would really make a lot of sense. Taylor is already part of the Eagles. They already have access to his ideas. To be fair, moving to OC would give Taylor more time to focus on plays, scheme and the gameplan. As the QBs coach, he has to focus on making sure Carson Wentz and the other QBs are prepared. There is a lot of talk about technique. There is plenty of drill work. There is some overlap in the jobs, but they are different.

A ranking of all 53 Super Bowls — the great, the good and the blowouts - The Athletic
11. Super Bowl LII: Eagles 41, Patriots 33. Feb. 4, 2018, Minneapolis: Nick Foles and Tom Brady combined for 878 passing yards in this classic that featured two fourth-quarter lead changes and one of the signature plays in Super Bowl history: The Philly Special. The final minutes included Brandon Graham’s strip-sack of Brady and a failed Patriots Hail Mary attempt as the Eagles captured their first Super Bowl in franchise history.

Why Chiefs-49ers is a head vs. heart Super Bowl - SB Nation
The Chiefs’ defense will need to be stout against the run, because no matter how much Shanahan wants to pass the ball, he will get back to the rushing attack. The Chiefs will need huge games from Chris Jones and Mike Pennel inside, and Frank Clark will need to set the edge. I’d look for the Niners to use some gap scheme, including trap and wham plays, to get after Jones. This would make him a step slower in the run game, as he’d be looking for that next trap block. If the Chiefs do stop the run, Jones will need to be huge in pass rush. The 49ers’ weakness on their offensive line is their interior, and that is where the Chiefs have an advantage. A wild card for the KC defense, and someone who the Niners will need a plan for, is Mathieu. He’s going to be impactful in the game, but I’m not sure where on the field that will happen. It could be anywhere. In the end, I think the 49ers’ offense has an advantage over the Chiefs’ defense in both playcalling and execution.

The best Super Bowl LIV prop bets - Fake Teams
Prop bets are always fun because after your few obvious ones (there’s always a bet on the over/under length of the national anthem), things get rather silly in terms of just what people are willing to wager on. And as someone who happily wagers on the Super Bowl, I am here for the most ridiculous of the ridiculous bets. (Last year I put $100 on James Devlin to score a touchdown at +1200 so I was really REALLY excited when Rob Gronkowski got the Patriots down to the one yard line thinking this surely would be my chance. Then Sony Michel ran it in. Damn.) Without delaying any further, here are my favorite Super Bowl 54 prop bets.

The Four Possible Outcomes of the Chiefs-49ers Super Bowl - The Ringer
Version 1: The Chiefs run into a 49ers buzzsaw, and this game gets out of hand fast. Let’s just get this one out of the way—because while I do think it’s possible, it’s the least likely of these outcomes. A Chiefs blowout win seems especially unrealistic, given that San Francisco’s defense is built to contain explosive plays, but the inverse of that is conceivable. One-sided affairs typically require game-swinging defensive plays, and the 49ers’ pass rush is capable of creating those at any moment. If Nick Bosa can wreak havoc inside or the Niners can get a couple free rushers on some stunts, they could present problems that Patrick Mahomes hasn’t had to deal with much this season.

What to know for Super Bowl LIV: 49ers-Chiefs picks, MVP predictions, prop bets and more - ESPN
FPI predicts a Chiefs victory in 64.8% of its simulations by an average of 5 points. It is the heaviest favorite that FPI has predicted in a Super Bowl since the metric’s inception in 2009. Our matchup rating grades 49ers-Chiefs as 97.2 on a scale of 1 to 100. It is the sixth-highest Super Bowl matchup rating since 2009. The Chiefs were No. 1 in FPI this season, while the 49ers were No. 4. In the preseason, the Chiefs had a 27.1% chance to make the Super Bowl per FPI, but the 49ers were looking at a slim 2.8% chance.

Dak Prescott doesn’t want to play tag with the Cowboys - Blogging The Boys
Currently, the top priority for the Dallas Cowboys is to get quarterback Dak Prescott signed to a new contract. So far, there is no indication of significant progress on that front. The team has the franchise and transition tag to use if a long-term deal is not reached by the March 10 deadline for using those. But, as David Moore of DMN reported from Miami, while Prescott hasn’t come out and said he won’t sign a tag, he also has left that particular door open.

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