49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk dissed the Eagles defense ahead of the Super Bowl saying the Chiefs will expose them like San Francisco planned to.
Brandon Aiyuk and the 49ers fell to the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game but the wide receiver still isn’t sold on Philadelphia.
Aiyuk is picking the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl. Specifically, Aiyuk raised questions about the Eagles defense, which managed to hold San Francisco to seven points in part because of QB issues for the 49ers.
“I don’t know fully about that defense. They talk about them being a good defense. I’m not sure,” Aiyuk told TheSFNiners.com. “I think this Kansas City pass game will expose what we thought we were going to expose before some unfortunate circumstances.”
Will the Chiefs expose the Eagles defense?
The Eagles did have the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL this season, based on yards allowed and net yards allowed per pass attempt. They held quarterbacks to the third-lowest average passer rating. Their 17 interceptions ranked third in the regular season and their 70 sacks far outpaced everyone else in the league, including the second-place Chiefs.
They are undoubtedly a strong defense.
There are two areas to Aiyuk’s argument that ring true. First, they did get lucky with their postseason matchups. Daniel Jones had a miserable outing against them, though it’s fair to say Philadelphia made life difficult for him. Either way, Jones isn’t exactly the cream of the NFL QB crop.
Then they got to face a 49ers team that was practically without a quarterback. Fourth-stringer Josh Johnson had to take over for Purdy in the first quarter and the he also got injured. Purdy had to go back into the game to play with an arm injury that’s going to keep him out for most of the offseason.
So the Eagles haven’t really been tested against a great playoff offense yet. That’s what the Chiefs have with a hopefully-healthy Patrick Mahomes behind center distributing the ball to Travis Kelce and others in an Andy Reid offense that continually gets the better of defenses.
It should be a fun matchup to watch, especially if the Eagles use bulletin board material the way the Chiefs do, seeming to get an extra boost from it at every turn.