Chiefs vs. Bucs Super Bowl 55

Early Week Betting Preview: Chiefs vs. Bucs Super Bowl 55

Written by on February 1, 2021

In Week 12, the Kansas City Chiefs went to Tampa and beat the Buccaneers 27-24 in a game that in all honestly wasn’t that close as the Bucs had a couple of fourth-quarter touchdowns to make things interesting. The two teams meet Sunday in Super Bowl 55 back in Tampa as the Bucs are the first team to play a Super Bowl in their own stadium. However, they are 3-point underdogs on the NFL odds.

Chiefs vs. Bucs Super Bowl 55 | 2021 NFL Expert Analysis

It will be only the second time Brady has been an underdog in his 10 Super Bowl appearances. In his Super Bowl debut, Brady and the New England Patriots were 14-point underdogs against the St. Louis Rams in 2002, a game New England won.

Brady is looking to join Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks in history to lead two different franchises to a Super Bowl victory. The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes is trying to join Brady, Bart Starr, Bob Griese, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, Jim Plunkett, John Elway, Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning as the only starting quarterbacks to win multiple Super Bowls.

The Chiefs are making their fourth-ever Super Bowl appearance, representing the AFC (then the AFL) in Super Bowl I against the Packers, then returning to the big game in the 1969 and 2019 seasons. The Bucs will be making just their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, and their first in 18 years.

Super Bowl 55 will mark the 14th time that the game is a rematch from the regular season. The team that won the regular season meeting is 6-7 in the Super Bowl rematch. Brady was the Patriots’ quarterback for three such Super Bowl rematches, going 1-2. The last Super Bowl to feature teams that met in the regular season was Super Bowl XLVII in February 2012. The Giants defeated the Patriots after also beating New England in the regular season.

The Chiefs will be without two injured players in starting offensive tackle Eric Fisher, a former No. 1 overall draft pick, and rookie linebacker Willie Gay. Gay tore his meniscus at practice last Thursday and had surgery immediately. Gay started eight games this season. The 2020 second-round pick 25 percent of the Chiefs’ defensive snaps and 55 percent of the Chiefs’ special teams snaps in the regular season. He hasn’t played at all in the postseason after suffering a sprained ankle in Week 17.

Kansas City is listing running back Le’Veon Bell, receiver Sammy Watkins and cornerbacks Rashad Fenton and L’Jarius Sneed as questionable but all should play. Bell missed the AFC title game win vs. Buffalo and had just two rushes for six yards in the divisional round win over Cleveland. Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire should see the bulk of the carries and Darrel Williams also some. Against the Bills, Edwards-Helaire played 49 percent of KC’s offensive snaps while Williams played 46 percent.

The Bucs have injury questions with receiver Antonio Brown, linebackers Lavonte David and Jason Pierre-Paul and safeties Antonio Winfield Jr. and Jordan Whitehead. It’s thought that all will play, although Brown is officially listed as doubtful right now. Designations from the first injury report before players return for media week can change ahead of the Super Bowl.

If any player tests positive for COVID at this point, he would not be able to play in Super Bowl 55. Coaches and players for both teams are being tested twice daily. They receive a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test in the morning and a rapid PCR test later in the afternoon. Players who receive a positive test must be isolated for at least 10 days from the day of the testing result, returning to game action only if asymptomatic. Players are prohibited from gathering outside of the facility or team travel.

Expert Prediction
  • Chiefs 30, Bucs 27
 
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