This Sunday, one of the biggest sports events of the year will take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida. The home team, Tampa Bay Buccaneers will become the first team to contest a Super Bowl on their home field against the reigning Super Bowl Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs.
Alongside the game, the famous Super Bowl half time show will star The Weeknd and Jennifer Lopez. Furthermore, with a reported 22,500 people set to be in socially distanced attendance, the Buccaneers will definitely have the majority of the support in their home city.
The game does promise to be a hugely exciting one for a number of reasons. Two of the best quarterbacks in the game, two of the most explosive offenses, two innovative and forward-thinking head coaches not to mention a host of players that can light up a game at any moment, on offense, defense and special teams.
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Let’s now take a look ahead to the game at the weekend starting with a look at how the two teams competing in the game compare against each other.
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How Tampa Bay and Kansas City Compare
|Kansas City Chiefs||Versus||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|14-2||Regular Season Record||11-5|
|Bye||Wildcard Weekend||31-23 @ Washington|
|22-17 v Cleveland Browns||Divisional Round||30-20 @ New Orleans|
|38-24 v Buffalo Bills||Championship Game||31-26 @ Green Bay|
|Andy Reid||Head Coach||Bruce Arians|
|Patrick Mahomes||Quarterback||Tom Brady|
|1||Wins Over Opposing QB||2|
|1||Special Teams Rank||26|
|2 – 1970, 2020||Previous Super Bowl Wins||1 – 2003|
|6||Head to Head Wins||7|
How Do We Rank Both Teams?
Before we bring you our prediction for the game and those all-important tips to back in the betting markets, let’s first take a look at the key areas for each team and how they compare to each other.
We are going to break this down into key sections. Starting with quarterback, then the rest of the offense, the defense, special teams and finally the head coach. We will rate each out of a possible 10 and come up with a final score for each team.
Quarterbacks– Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) v Tom Brady (Buccaneers)
For me, these are the two best quarterbacks in the NFL, although Aaron Rodgers fans may not quite agree with that. Tom Brady is the greatest of all time. Patrick Mahomes may well inherit that title one day if he continues to develop as he has done.
Brady, of course, has the edge in terms of experience. Nobody has been here and won more often than Brady. However at 43-years-of-age, he is reliant on getting great protection from his offensive line to flourish.
Mahomes lacks that experience, but he has the legs to counter any pass rush, and the brain to find plays where none seemingly exist. His off-the-cuff plays have been a feature for the Chiefs since he took over at quarterback and they are almost impossible to defend against.
These two are so good, I can’t split them.
Scores – Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) 9.5/10, Tom Brady (Buccaneers) 9.5/10
There is a case to be made that these two teams are possibly the best offense in the NFL, sure the Bills, Titans, Saints and Packers may all feel likewise, but theu are not playing in the Super Bowl and the proof of the pudding is evident right there.
The Tom Brady led offense of Tampa is very talented with excellent receivers, a strong running game and a decent offensive line. In my book, they are a top three offense in the NFL with no doubt about that at all.
However, they face a Chiefs offense that is undefendable at times. They boast one of the best quarterbacks, the best Tight End in the NFL (Travis Kelce), the most elusive and innovative quarterback (Patrick Mahomes) and players of such lightning speed that you cannot counter them (Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman).
So while the Bucs offense is fabulous, the Chiefs is simply the best in the NFL and has been for at least two years if not more.
Scores – Kansas City Offense – 10/10, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offense – 9/10
Both defenses are just inside the top ten in the NFL and in truth, there is not a great deal between them. I think the Bucs defense is more consistent, it offers a better defense against the run and does get pressure on the quarterback more consistently. They are suspect in pass coverage though and that is a big worry against Tyreek Hill in particular.
The Chiefs defense is not that great against the run and it is a unit that top offenses can get at. However, they do have playmakers on the team that can turn a game the Chiefs way with one big play, like Chris Jones or Tyrann Mathieu. The Bucs have the edge in experience and consistency on defense, but I think the Chiefs have more big play potential.
Scores – Chiefs Defense – 7/10, Buccaneers Defense – 7.5/10
There is a massive gap in rating between the two special teams unit, with the Chiefs rated the best in the NFL over the regular season, while the Buccaneers were ranked 26th out of 32 teams. That is a huge worry for Bucs fans as a special teams can play can (and has) changed the course of a Super Bowl on many occasions in the past.
To be fair to the Bucs, their play on special teams has improved in the post-season but there is no room for error here and the fact remains, they are just nowhere near as good as a unit as the Chiefs are. That could have major implications in terms of field position in this game.
Scores – Kansas City Special Teams – 9/10, Buccaneers Special Teams – 6/10
Head Coach – Andy Reid (Chiefs) v Bruce Arians (Buccaneers)
Bruce Arians made some risky decisions with the direction he took the Bucs in last off season but those decisions have paid off handsomely and he has been justified in making those choices. The Bucs need to win and win now and they have at least a chance of landing their first Super Bowl crown since 2003.
However, Arians has pretty much admitted that Tom Brady runs the offense and I think in terms of coaching, the Chiefs star Reid has the edge. Rated by many as one of the best quarterback and offensive coaches in the game, he has played a huge role in turning the Chiefs into an offensive juggernaut.
Scores – Andy Reid (Chiefs) – 9/10, Bruce Arians (Buccaneers) – 7/10
Total Scores – Kansas City Chiefs – 37, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 33
Our Prediction & Bets
Based on our rankings, we predict that the Kansas City Chiefs will win the Superbowl in what should be a high scoring game and the final score will be something like Kansas City Chiefs 38-31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Additionally, we would also place the following bets on the game:
- Spread – Chiefs to win (-3.0) – 5/6
- Total Points – Over 56.5 – 10/11
- Money Line – Chiefs to win – 10/17
- Super Bowl LV MVP Winner – Patrick Mahomes (5/6)
Sunday’s game should be a cracker and despite a few superb Super Bowl games in the past few years, this one has the potential to be one of the very best. Tune in to the action live on Sunday Night to find out who come out on top!
*All Odds Shown Were Correct With Bet365 Sport as of 12.10pm on Tuesday 2nd February 2021.