San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk expects the Kansas City Chiefs to handle business against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII.
“I don’t know fully about that defense,” Aiyuk said in an interview with TheSFNiners. “They talk about them being a good defense; I’m not sure. I think the pass game, this Kansas City pass game, will expose what we thought we were going to be able to expose before some unfortunate circumstances.”
The Eagles own the top-ranked pass defense in the NFL, holding teams to just 171 yards through the air per game in the regular season. They’ve allowed 192 total passing yards in two playoff games.
Aiyuk doubled down, saying he would bet on the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl.
“If I were going to bet on this game, I would take everything that I own, get it in cash, and put my money on the Kansas City Chiefs,” Aiyuk said.
He added: “You got to get lucky to win a Super Bowl, and (the Eagles) just got extremely lucky last week, so who’s to say they can’t do it twice?”
The Eagles defeated the 49ers 31-7 in the NFC Championship Game. San Francisco quarterback Brock Purdy was hurt in the first quarter from a strip sack by Haason Reddick, suffering a torn UCL on the play.
San Francisco’s offense struggled following the injury, mustering only 78 passing yards after Purdy left the game.
Aiyuk, 24, claims the 49ers had the best roster in the NFL this season.
“We have a talented football team,” Aiyuk said, according to Jarrod Castillo of NBC Sports. “We have, hands down, the best football team in the league. Hands down. I’m not going even going to argue with anyone who thinks they should argue that.”
The 49ers had won 12 straight games heading into the NFC championship. Purdy led the team to a 7-0 record after replacing Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 13 when Garoppolo suffered a season-ending ankle injury.
“We felt like it was our time, and for that to get cut short, it’s sickening,” Aiyuk said.
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