Super Bowl 55 Betting: What Can the Chiefs Do to Beat the Buccaneers?
It’s obviously difficult to repeat as a Super Bowl champion. In fact, it hasn’t been done since the Patriots did it in SB’s 38 and 39.
Of course, the quarterback for that team was Tom Brady. And now he’ll try to prevent the Kansas City Chiefs from being a repeat winner.
Super Bowl 55 (LV) kicks off at 6:30 PM ET at Raymond James Stadium. As you may know, that is the home field of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
At BetOnline, the Chiefs are a favorite:
Super Bowl LV Odds
|Chiefs||-3 (-105)||56 (EV)||-165|
|Buccaneers||+3 (-105)||56 (-110)||+144|
What can the Chiefs do on offense?
Frankly, a lot of what they did the last time they faced the Buccaneers. That happened in Week 12, and there was nobody on the Tampa Bay roster who could cover Tyreek Hill. That became evident early…… and HOW.
Hill caught all seven passes that were thrown to him by Mahomes. They were good for 203 yards and two touchdowns. That’s in the first quarter alone. Granted, the Bucs were able to keep Hill from going wild later, but he wound up with 263 yards. Mahomes had 462 yards all told.
The Chiefs did not need to have a real rushing attack to win on the road at Tampa Bay. Of course, folks who are handicapping this game will point out that KC won by only three points (27-24).
Is there any room for improvement there? Well, maybe, from the standpoint that Travis Kelce didn’t have his best game. Kelce had a season that was one of the all-time best for a tight end. He caught 105 passes on the season, for 1416 yards. Also, he has caught at least seven passes in ten straight games, and that is a record for a tight end. He had 227 yards in receptions in the two playoff games. Kelce has been targeted 145 times, more than any of the Kansas City wide receivers.
One thing the Chiefs probably won’t try to do much is run the ball. They won’t likely have a lot of success that way, as Tampa Bay is, on balance, the best team in the league at defending the run. But interestingly enough, because of the ability of Mahomes to improvise, Kansas City can overcome this. That would be important, since All-Pro Mitchell Schwartz and Pro Bowler Eric Fisher are missing from the offensive line.
What can the Chiefs do on defense?
Here’s what’s interesting. The Chiefs seemed on the uptick defensively last season as they moved toward the Super Bowl. What seems to get lost amidst all the offensive weaponry is that they can do some good things on defense.
Kansas City can continue to do what it has done against opposing wide receivers. They have allowed only four 100-yard games to wide receivers. And overall, they have surrendered the second-fewest yards in the NFL to the wide receiver position.
If they can somehow corral the top Tampa Bay wideouts like Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, preventing them from take over the game, they can take the Bucs’ strength away.
But that’s probably not all. Remember that the Chiefs have allowed 4.5 yards per rush attempt. And we might expect Tampa Bay to run the ball more than last time. They didn’t have the chance to do that in the first meeting, because they were down 17 points right away.
Out of these two teams, the Buccaneers are more likely the one that would want to control the ball and sustain drives. And KC has to be ready for it.
Steve Spagnuolo is an asset here. He was the defensive coordinator for the Giants in Super Bowl 43, frustrating Brady and holding the previously-undefeated Patriots to 274 total yards.
We shall see.
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