Super Bowl Preview 2021 – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers & Brady to serve up a treat
With the 2020-2021 season finally nearing its end we have one final game to finally wrap up this crazy and bizarre season once and for all. In the final matchup of this season, we have Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Super Bowl Odds
|Kansas City Chiefs
|O 56½ -115
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|U 56½ -105
Super Bowl LV will be played on February 7th in Tampa Bay, Florida at Raymond James Stadium. While several others such as the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams have played the championship game in their home region, this is the first time in the Super Bowl era that one of the teams will be playing in their true home stadium. With this Super Bowl being with two of the best quarterbacks of their era, this might almost be a “passing of the torch” scenario and should be a thrilling game from start to finish.
Super Bowl Preview 2021 – Kansas City Chiefs
The first team we will preview is the Kansas Chiefs who have one of the most explosive offenses in football backed by a defense that is more than capable of holding their own.
Kansas City’s offense ranks tied for second with explosive play percentage (12%) with playmakers all over the field in Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman and with a solid running back room with Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Le’Veon Bell returning from injury and Darrell Williams who proved he can hold his own, will be a great change of pace back come to Super Bowl Sunday.
Throughout the regular season, this Chiefs offense was first in yards with 415.8 per game, along with 29.6 points per game, this offense has been atop the league and has continued the success all the way to the Super Bowl.
While the offense handled business in the regular season their two biggest playmakers Hill and Kelce have combined for 254.5 and 1.5 touchdowns per game thus far in the playoffs, along with Hardman, who has developed nicely into the second wide receiver role/returner throughout the season, the Buccaneers will have a lot on their plates and will need to come to with an elite gameplan to hold Mahomes and the rest of the offense in check.
On top of an elite, the Chiefs defense would surprise a lot of people with how solid they truly are. While the team is often known as their almighty offense, the defense is ranked inside the top 12 in overall defense and while they allow a sizeable amount of yards with 358.3 in the regular season, they lock teams down when it comes to putting points on the board with only allowing 22.6 points per game.
This defense has come to play in the run game so far in playoffs with only allowing 66.5 yards per game and that includes facing arguably the best duo in football with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, improving on their regular-season average of 122.1 rushing yards allowed per game.
They also remained steady in their pass defense only giving up only 245.5 passing yards per game after playing both Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen. If this defense continues on this path and they come out allowing 21 or fewer points and are positive in the turnover battle like they have most of the season, they will be in good shape to come out with a victory on Super Bowl Sunday.
Super Bowl Preview 2021 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
As for the Buccaneers they are a well-rounded team, finishing the regular season in the top seven on both sides of the ball. While bringing in one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, Tom Brady, they took that necessary step on the offensive side of the ball to become true contenders.
Coming into the playoffs averaging 289.1 passing yards per game they are second to only the Kansas City Chiefs while adding 30.8 points per game. Led by one of, if not the best receiving groups with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller, Rob Gronkowski, and the mid-season addition of Antonio Brown, Kansas City will have their hands full from start to finish.
On top of the stellar receiving crew, they have two very solid runners in Ronald Jones II and Leonard Fournette who are both capable of breaking off chunk yardages at any given moment. The combination of power that these two running back have will chip away at a defense’s front seven and if they can create solid runs it will make the passing game that much more outstanding.
While their offense ranks among the best in the league, the true strength of this Buccaneers team resides on the other side of the ball.
Throughout the regular season, they were among the top six in yards allowed 327.1 while only allowing 22.1 points per game and have continued that success into the playoffs including a five sack performance vs. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Led by a terrific front seven that gets after the quarterback including Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquil Barrett, a healthy Vita Vea wreaking havoc in the middle while linebackers Devin White and Lavonte David have the speed to work sideline to sideline.
This defense will have to get after Mahomes early and often to get him working out of the pocket where the linebackers with speed can get after him and make him uncomfortable to have success on the defensive side of the ball.
If they can fluster Mahones and force him to make mistakes with the ball, Tampa Bay will be in good shape with Tom Brady taking care of business on the other side of the ball.
Interesting Super Bowl Props to wager
With so many eyes on the big game as well as the growing popularity of sports betting, there come several Super Bowl props to wager on and if you manage your bets you can have an enjoyable betting experience that lasts for the entirety of the game.
The first prop bet, that involves actual gameplay, is the opening kickoff and whether or not it will result in a touchback.
While it’s becoming more and more likely that a kickoff will result in a touchback based on the NFL’s kickoff rate since moving touchbacks to the 25-yard line, with the juices flowing as the Super Bowl opening kickoff is coming towards them, it’s hard for return men to take a knee on the opening play.
This is exactly why there have only been two touchbacks in the previous 27 Super Bowls (2013, 2017). Although with Harrison Butker’s touchback rate at 61% and Pinion’s at 86%, whoever is kicking off will be a major factor if the kick is even returnable.
The next fun prop bet is total players to attempt a pass (Over 2.5 +140 / Under 2.5 -177.)
With a total of five different Chiefs players attempting a pass in 2020, including Travis Kelce, Tommy Townsend, and Sammy Watkins. Andy Reid is a creative genius and we have seen him pull out of position players passing the ball in big games and none bigger than the Super Bowl.
Next, we have the ever so popular Super Bowl MVP prop. Since 30 of the past 54 Super
Bowl MVP winners have been quarterbacks, including Brady winning 4 out of his 6 possible MVPs and Mahomes winning his only chance at MVP, oddsmakers have a significant gap in price between the two QBs and the field. Rounding out the top eight players on the Super Bowl
MVP odds are Tyreek Hill (+1,000), Travis Kelce (+1,000), Tyrann Mathieu (+2,500), Darrel Williams (+2,500), Mike Evans (+2,800), and Leonard Fournette (+2,800).
Our final prop is that the final play of the game to be a quarterback kneel (Yes -200 / No +159.)
Both of these QBs are fantastic managers of the clock and it’s looking that if the only way this bet doesn’t come in is if there is a game-winning FG attempt or a final hail mary or scramble for the endzone.
See what leading sportsbook BetOnline has to offer on some popular Props betting odds below plus a few others never seen before:
Super Bowl Prediction 2021
Overall we are looking at what will be a fantastic Super Bowl between one of the greatest players of all-time in Tom Brady vs. one of the best players in the NFL today and looks to be on his way to becoming one of the greatest of all time as well in Patrick Mahomes.
I think that this game will be won between the Buccaneers’ defense and the Chiefs’ offense.
We know that Tom Brady will come in and be a game manager making plays when he has to and being cautious with the ball.
Once Brady has to start pushing the ball aggressively downfield to keep up with Mahomes and the explosive Chiefs offense, we may see him make riskier plays leading to more turnovers.
If the Buccaneers can hold the Chiefs to under 24 points I think it will be the Buccaneers’ game to lose. This game should be exciting from start to finish with both teams having playmakers all over the field and a battle between two giants at the quarterback position.
Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Andy has been writing and posting about offshore sportsbooks for over 15 years. He's also an active sportsbook bonus seeker and seasoned online gambler on US sports.
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