The Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take part in what figures to be an epic battle between high-powered offenses in Super Bowl LV as Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs look for their second-straight Super Bowl championship while Tom Brady and the Buccaneers look for their first championship since the 2002 season, but Brady’s first since the 2018 season.
Kansas City enters the game as narrow 3-point favorites over Tampa Bay with the game total set at 56.5 points on SportsBetting.com as a close, high-scoring game is expected.
As excitement builds, here’s a look at how Super Bowl LV is going to play out on the field.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Date: Sunday, Feb. 7 – 6:30 PM ET
Odds: Chiefs -3
Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs are back once again, looking to defend their Super Bowl title and win their second-straight world championship.
This season, the Chiefs certainly looked the part of a defending champion, finishing the regular season with the top record in the NFL, losing just two games the entire season, one of which was without their key starters after already clinching a playoff spot.
Unsurprisingly, Kansas City has leaned on its high-powered offense to carry them to their second-straight Super Bowl appearance. The Chiefs lead the NFL this season with 418.3 yards per game and rank second in the league in scoring offense, averaging 29.6 points per game. Kansas City has put up over 30 points in more than half its games this season, once scoring more than 40.
Though not quite as dominant as its offense, the Chiefs’ defense has been solid this season, as well. Kansas City ranks in the top-10 in the NFL in scoring defense this season, allowing just 22.4 points per game. The Chiefs also rank in the top half of the league in total defense, surrendering just 355.8 yards per game.
This Kansas City team is built to win a Super Bowl, now it just has to finish the job on Sunday evening.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With eight consecutive wins entering Sunday night’s game, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have gotten hot at just the right time.
Tampa Bay needed a late-season push to even make the playoffs this season, and that’s exactly what happened as the Buccaneers won their final four games of the regular season, averaging 37 points per game, to clinch a spot in the playoffs. The Buccaneers have continued that momentum in the playoffs, winning three games to earn a date with the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
Tampa Bay’s success this season has been due primarily to its prolific offense which ranks second in the NFL in scoring this season and averages 385.2 yards per game. The high-powered Tampa Bay offense averages 30.7 points per game and has put up at least 30 points in its last six games, including two games where it topped 40 points.
Still, a team can’t have this sort of success without some strength on the other side of the ball, and Tampa Bay has been strong defensively this season, as well. The Buccaneers are allowing just 330.7 yards and 22.3 points per game this season, ranking in the top-10 in both categories. They also boast the No. 3 turnover margin in the NFL this season at +0.6.
Tampa Bay may not have been the most consistent team throughout the regular season, but the Buccaneers have looked their best when it’s mattered most and enter the Super Bowl looking like one of the most dominant teams in the NFL.
Both of these teams are well deserving of the Super Bowl appearance and make strong cases that they will emerge victorious on Sunday afternoon.
Kansas City has been the better team throughout the season, even earning a 27-24 win over Tampa Bay in Week 12, but the Buccaneers have been arguably the most dominant team in the NFL down the stretch and in the postseason.
The safest bet is the team that’s been more consistent this season and has been here before. While it might be a close game from start to finish, the Kansas City Chiefs will pull away and win their second-straight Super Bowl on Sunday night, and cover the spread in the process.
Pick: Chiefs -3