The Kansas City Chiefs may have just beaten the Philadelphia Eagles to win Super Bowl 57 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, but it is never too early to look ahead to the next NFL season. Super Bowl 58 was pulled from New Orleans because of a clash with the famed Mardi Gras celebrations in the city (they will have Super Bowl 59 instead) but their loss is Las Vegas’ gain.
Super Bowl 58 will be held at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, bringing the Super Bowl to Sin City for the very first time. This is a move the NFL would have made years ago if not for the league’s worries about gambling, but with the Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL leading the way and showing that sports and Vegas go hand in hand, it was only a matter of time before the Super Bowl landed. If this game is a success – and there is no reason it shouldn’t be given everything Vegas has to offer – then expect Allegiant Stadium to become a regular Super Bowl location sooner rather than later.
Here is a way-too-early look at three teams that have serious Super Bowl credentials this fall.
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Three early Super Bowl 58 Favorites
Kansas City Chiefs
The defending champions will be right up there again in February of 2024, and the Chiefs would love nothing more than to win the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl at the home of their historically biggest rival. Repeating as champs is notoriously difficult – the Patriots were the last team to do so almost 20 years ago – but the Chiefs will return just about everyone that mattered from this year’s Super Bowl-winning squad. Add in that Kansas City won the Lombardi with quarterback Patrick Mahomes playing on one leg for most of the playoffs, and you have a team to be reckoned with.
The biggest questions surrounding the Eagles avoiding a Super Bowl hangover might be off the field. Offensive coordinator Shane Steichen was named as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts earlier this offseason. He was quickly followed out of the Linc by defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, now head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Losing one coordinator is tough – it is something the Chiefs will have to do, too, with OC Eric Bieneamy joining the Washington Commanders – but losing two is a bit of a disaster. Gannon was roundly criticized for the Eagles’ Super Bowl loss, but he had been a key to their season. The Eagles also have a bunch of important free agents, most notably center Jason Kelce and a trio of defensive linemen.
San Francisco 49ers
There is a solid argument that the 49ers were a rash of quarterback injuries away from a Super Bowl win this season. The team is loaded with stars, notably running back Christian McCaffrey and tight end Geoge Kittle, but they were down to nothing at the quarterback position by the end of the NFC Championship game as Brock Purdy had a destroyed throwing shoulder, while Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo had been lost for the year. Expect this squad to bounce back in a major way.