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Super Bowl LV Preview And Tips For The NFL Season Showpiece!

It’s Super Bowl Sunday! One of the biggest global sports events of the year is here! Later today, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face off against the Kansas City Chiefs with the winner lifting the Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl LV winners.

The Bucs are attempting to become the first team to win a Super Bowl on home soil. The Chiefs are attempting to become the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowl’s since the New England Patriots achieved it in 2002 and 2003.

It is a match which pits arguably the Greatest Player Of All Time, Tom Brady  (pictured) of the Bucs,

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against perhaps the most exciting young quarterback the NFL has seen in decades in the Chiefs starter Patrick Mahomes.

Let’s now examine the strengths and weaknesses of both teams and preview their season so far, before we bring you our top tips for the game itself.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview

  • Head Coach – Bruce Arians
  • Quarterback – Tom Brady
  • Regular Season Record – 11-5 (2nd in the NFC South, 5th Seed in Playoffs)
  • Wildcard Weekend – @ Washington Football Team – Won 31-23
  • Divisional Round – @ New Orleans Saints – Won 30-20
  • NFC Conference Championship – @ Green Bay Packers – Won 31-26
  • Regular Season Offense Ranking – 5th
  • Regular Season Defense Ranking – 9th
  • Regular Season Special Teams Ranking – 26th
  • Previous Super Bowl Wins – 1 – 2003
  • Head-to-Head Wins Over Chiefs – 7 (6 defeats)

Tampa Bay’s Main Strengths

  • The Buccaneers won’t lack for experience given so many veterans in their squad, not to mention a quarterback making his tenth Super Bowl appearance and trying to win his seventh Super Bowl ring.
  • On offense, the Bucs can be spectacular with a number of dangerous receivers and big-play potential that almost matches that of the Chiefs. The Bucs can put up points on the best defences.
  • The Bucs defense has been playing very well during the playoffs. However, they have not yet faced a threat like the Chiefs offense and Mahomes. How they ultimately deal with that will likely be the defining aspect of the Super Bowl.

Tampa Bay’s Main Weaknesses

  • The Bucs have been awful on Special Teams this season as their 26th ranking in the NFL suggests. This has to improve or the Bucs could win this game based on field position and special teams play alone.
  • On Defense, the Buccaneers managed to get to Aaron Rodgers well in their win over Green Bay. In this game, they not only have to pressure Mahomes, but also keep him contained in the pocket. That is something no defense has managed to do successfully as yet.
  • When pressured Tom Brady doesn’t have the mobility to avoid a pass rush and in those situations he can throw interceptions and take sacks. The Bucs offensive line have to stop the Chiefs from getting to Brady.

Kansas City Chiefs Preview

  • Head Coach – Andy Reid
  • Quarterback – Patrick Mahomes
  • Regular Season Record – 14-2 (Won AFC West – Seeded 1st in AFC)
  • Wildcard Weekend – Bye
  • Divisional Round – V Cleveland Browns – Won 22-17
  • NFC Conference Championship – V Buffalo Bills – Won 38-24
  • Regular Season Offense Ranking – 1st
  • Regular Season Defense Ranking – 10th
  • Regular Season Special Teams Ranking – 1st
  • Previous Super Bowl Wins – 2 – 1970, 2020
  • Head-to-Head Wins Over Bucs – 6 (7 defeats)

Kansas City’s Main Strengths

  • The Chiefs offense is impossible to stop at times. There are so many weapons that teams cannot take away them all. Assuming Patrick Mahomes is fully fit and ready to go, then the Buccaneers defense are in for a very long and tiring day. This is the best offense since the Rams famous “Greatest Show on Turf” and there are many who feel the Chiefs are even better.
  • Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are two of the best players in their positions in the NFL and a nightmare to match up for defenses.
  • The Chiefs were top ranked for special teams play in the NFL season. They could make significant gains during these parts of the game and field position could well be a key element in deciding the outcome of the match.
  • While the Chiefs defense is good but not great, they do have playmakers that can make a difference at key moments. Chris Jones and Tyrann Mathieu being good examples.

Kansas City’s Main Weaknesses

  • The offense is reliant to a large extent on Patrick Mahomes off-the-cuff ability. If he is forced out of the game (as happened against the Browns), Chad Henne is the backup and is nowhere near as effective.
  • Mahomes also has a Turf Toe injury which could impact his rushing ability, a key component of the Kansas City Offensive Threat.
  • The Chiefs have been notoriously slow starters in a number of playoff games in recent years and also last year’s Super Bowl. They’ve managed to claw back those deficits in most games but it is going to be tough to do that with. Tom Brady as the opposing quarterback.
  • The Chiefs defense is solid, but not spectacular. They are going to have to put plenty of pressure on Tom Brady to stop him picking them apart surgically when the Bucs have possession. If they fail to do that, this will heap even more pressure on the Chiefs offense.

Our Top Super Bowl LV Betting Tips

A quick look at the odds with BetMGM Sportsbook for the Superbowl reveals a number ofBetMGM interesting options for us to consider but before we decide what markets to back, how will the game go?

Personally, I see the Bucs taking an early lead, but the Chiefs hauling them in, taking the lead by the end of the second quarter and then the teams exchanging points in the remainder of the game until the Chiefs land a high-scoring victory.

My Score Prediction is the Kansas City Chiefs 41 – 34 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

With that in mind, the bets I would back are as follows:

  • Spread – Chiefs (-3.5) at -105
  • Total Points – Over 56.5 at -110
  • Money Line – Chiefs at -165

I also like the Tyreek Hill to record 80+ receiving yards and to score 1+ touchdown Big Game Parlay bet offer with BetMGM which is at odds of +150.

My final bet would be on the Super Bowl MVP and here I would be backing nobody other than Patrick Mahomes at +100.

All odds shown were correct with BetMGM Sportsbook as of Thursday 4th February 2021.

*Featured Image Courtesy of Bernard Gagnon CC BY S.A 3.0

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