By News Team
Last Updated: 5th February 2021
The final day of the NFL season is upon us. After four gruelling months, just two teams remain. The Kansas City Chiefs, looking to retain their crown, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who become the first team in history to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.
With so much action to look forward to, we preview the big game below alongside our ambassador Jason Bell.
Kansas City Chiefs
Another year, another Super Bowl. The Chiefs have been superb yet again, with Patrick Mahomes having another MVP-calibre year and the emergence of weapons such as first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire adding more balance to the squad. The passing attack remains as dangerous as ever and now, with a year’s experience and even more swagger about the squad, they enter the game as worthy 20/33 favourites, while the handicap sits at 3 points.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs return to their first Super Bowl in almost 20 years and it’s all due to one man. Tom Brady left New England and firmly announced himself the King of Tampa Bay, leading the talented squad to a ‘home’ Super Bowl. Potent wideout duo of Chris Godwin and Mike Evans have been complimented by offseason additions Leonard Fournette and Rob Gronkowski, while the defense continues to plague opposition offences with timely sacks and big takeaways. The Bucs are 29/20 underdogs, but it’s a brave person to bet against Brady in the Super Bowl, especially in ‘Tompa’ Bay.
Big play threats?
With so much attacking threat spread all over the field, you’d hope we get a game for the ages here, with plenty of redzone action. Both QB’s to throw for over 2 passing TD’s each is enhanced to 5/1, while each team to make a field goal of 35 yards or more is 6/5, and in a game where points are premium, look for both sides to get on the board early.
Super Bowl MVP?
While this usually goes to a QB, the odds are slightly prohibitive, with Mahomes just 10/11 and Brady 2/1. Some of the most famous moments in Super Bowl history come from big plays, and what’s stopping a livewire defensive back making these momentous plays to haunt his former coach? Enter Tyrann Mathieu, the former Arizona Cardinal, who now energises the KC defensive backfield. The Honey Badger to win the Super Bowl MVP is an outside shot at 40/1, but the Super Bowl is the biggest stage for the game’s biggest names and Mathieu has certainly proved he’s one of those this season.