Tom Brady is a win away from accomplishing the goal he set for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when he decided to take his talents to Florida last year. To do that, the Bucs have to dethrone the reigning Super Bowl champions, Kansas City Chiefs. Who wins this colossal Super Bowl 55 matchup? Check out our preview of Chiefs vs. Buccaneers Super Bowl 55 game below.
Betting Preview for the Kansas City Chiefs vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl 55 Game on February 7, 2021
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
When: Sunday, February 7, 2021, 6:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Kansas City Chiefs (14-2)
Heading into the AFC Championship Game, the biggest concern for the Chiefs was whether Patrick Mahomes will be healthy enough to handle business against the raging Buffalo Bills. It turns out Mahomes, even with a hurting toe, could demolish Josh Allen and company, as he passed for 325 yards (29/38) with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Mahomes should be closer to 100 percent — if not fully healthy — by the time Super Bowl 55 rolls around, with two weeks to rest before the big game. Mahomes had dominated the Buccaneers’ vaunted defense back in Week 12, when he went 37 of 49 for 462 passing yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions to lead the Chiefs to a 27-24 road win in Tampa. All season long, Mahomes has repeatedly proven that he can do pretty much whatever he wants on offense — even when up against the Bucs’ stellar defense. The Bucs will surely have defensive packages designed to make Mahomes uncomfortable in the pocket, but the former NFL MVP is mobile and capable of throwing passes at crazy angles. On top of that, Mahomes has lethal receivers downfield in the form of Travis Kelce and Tyreke Hill. Hill, in particular, embarrassed Tampa Bay’s secondary in Week 12 by recording 269 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 13 catches
- The Chiefs are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games in the playoffs.
- The Chiefs are 11-5 against the spread versus teams with winning records.
- The over is 4-1 in the Chiefs’ last five games after a victory.
- The under is 5-2 in the Chiefs’ last seven games after they racked up at least 350 total yards in the previous contest.
Betting on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5)
How is Tom Brady still playing in the Super Bowl in 2021? That he has made it this far again in his first season with a new team is a testament to the greatness of TB12, but he must play better in Super Bowl 55 than he did in the NFC Championship Game. In their 31-26 road win over the Green Bay Packers, Brady finished with 280 passing yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-36 completions but also threw three interceptions. Brady left the door open for the Packers in the final quarter by committing errors. Fortunately for the Bucs, their defense was ready to take on Rodgers. Although Rodgers still put up sparkling numbers, he was tossed to the ground five times for a loss of 32 yards. He also absorbed eight QB hits. The tandem of Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul wreaked havoc in the trenches, as they combined for five sacks and six QB hits. With Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher declared out for Super Bowl 55, the Bucs’ pass rush could have more success in getting to Mahomes. Limiting Mahomes is the No. 1 priority of Tampa Bay, but the Bucs can still look forward to attacking the Chiefs’ inconsistent defense. The Bucs have the tools to rattle Kansas City’s stop unit, with Brady distributing the ball to several dangerous offensive weapons like Mike Evans and Chris Godwin
- The Buccaneers are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games.
- The Buccaneers are 3-0 against the spread in their last three home games.
- The over is 3-1 in the Buccaneers’ last four games.
- The under is 4-2 in the Buccaneers’ last six home games.
The Chiefs win, 34-30.
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