Here is why each remaining NFL playoff team will and will not win the Super Bowl.
And then there were four teams left in the NFL playoffs.
Heading into conference championship weekend, only the Cincinnati Bengals, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers remain in the NFL playoffs. One of those four teams will be lucky enough to raise the Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl champions. Cincinnati played for it a year ago, Kansas City won it in 2019 and Philadelphia did it back in 2017.
Let’s check out why each of these four conference finalists will and will not win the Super Bowl.
Table of Contents
- Cincinnati Bengals: Who Dey think gonna beat dem Bengals?!
- Kansas City Chiefs: Will Patrick Mahomes get to enjoy those silver bullets in a parade?
- Philadelphia Eagles: Better start greasing up those telephone polls…
- San Francisco 49ers: This team is hotter than Hansel right now.
Why the Cincinnati Bengals are going to win their first Super Bowl ever
There are a lot of reasons why the Cincinnati Bengals can get back to and win the Super Bowl, but I think the best way to encapsulate it is they are the hungriest for it. Cincinnati could have won it all a year ago, but Aaron Donald and the rest of the Los Angeles Rams defensive line wrecked the Bengals’ front five in the latter stages of the game. Joe Burrow spent half of the game on his back.
However, the Bengals were not the franchise that suffered a Super Bowl hangover. They came out with a vengeance in 2022. Not only are the Bengals cool under pressure and have one of the best rosters in all of football, they arguably have the best coaching left. Lou Anarumo and Brian Callahan are two outstanding coordinators that make sure Zac Taylor’s team will be well-coached.
The Bengals have a great combination of talent, poise, fearless and elite coaching to go and win it.
Why the Cincinnati Bengals are not going to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in Arizona
There are a few obstacles in their way. Having to play at Arrowhead in the AFC Championship will not be easy. Then again, the Bengals have owned the Chiefs over the last two seasons. If they were to win the AFC Championship and get back to the Super Bowl, the Bengals will be going up against another great team in the Eagles or 49ers. Perhaps the Bengals’ biggest issue is attrition.
While the offensive line played about as well as it could on the road vs. the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Divisional Round, that unit will be under a great deal of pressure in what could be its final two games. The only way the Bengals are winning Super Bowl is if Burrow can stay upright and Joe Mixon has plenty of space to run through. Trusting the Bengals’ offensive line is still a tall order.
The Bengals will need to overcome this fatal flaw in their construction to ever hoist the Lombardi.