What is the saying, save the best for last? That is exactly what we are getting with Super Bowl LV. The Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the two hottest teams. The Chiefs have won 12 of their last 13, with that loss coming in week 17 against the LA Chargers, while the Buccaneers have won 7 straight games. We all know the main storyline surrounding this one, and that is Tom Brady appearing in his 10th Super Bowl. But will it be the heir to the throne in Patrick Mahomes that will steal the show?
The Chiefs are the reigning Super Bowl champs. They have been here before, and know what it takes. Andy Reid has been around the block and knows what gets this team going. The only thing that could take Big Red out of his game is the very recent news of his son and assist coach Britt who was involved in an accident, injuring two younger children. Britt admitted to having some alcoholic beverages and being on prescribed adderall. The Buccaneers have the GOAT. Do they need anything else? The Bucs have gelled together quickly for not having OTA’s or a preseason. Brady has built excellent connections with his top targets in Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and the sleeper in Scotty Miller.
The offenses have been getting all of the love, but it will be the defenses that will have to step up to the challenge. Both defenses rank number 9 and 10 in the league overall. Through the air game, ranked towards to bottom of the league, while the Chiefs found themselves middle of the pack. It will be important for the Buccaneers to apply pressure on Mahomes and keep him in the pocket. Jason Pierre-Paul and linebacker Shaquil Barrett. Both JPP and Barrett recorded one sack against the Chiefs in their week 12 matchup. For the Chiefs defense, it will be their secondary that will be tested. Tyrann Mathieu will need to be a ball hawk. Brady is known to throw a pick or two in a big game, and the O/U for a Brady INT is set at 0.5. The Chiefs D is not afraid to get physical as evident of their AFC Championship game win when they roughed up Josh Allen and got into the Bills heads. Not sure if that will work against the GOAT, but a couple of knockdowns might have Brady thinking about holding onto the ball for another second.
It is hard to bet against Tom Brady, but the Chiefs are hot right now and running on all cylinders. The Chiefs can put up points, and put them up in a hurry. In their week 12 matchup, Tyreek Hill had over 200 receiving yards in the first quarter. This offensive is explosive, and I do not see JPP and company containing Mahomes all four quarters.
Kansas City Chiefs (-3) versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers; O/U 56.5
First half O/U 27.5
The Pick: Chiefs -3 and first half under
Chiefs 35 – Bucs 27