Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes Betting Matchup is Historic
It’s almost hard to believe that there is more history to be made when the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers take the field on Super Bowl betting Sunday.
Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady already has six Super Bowl rings and is making his 10th Super Bowl appearance – both records not likely to be matched. At least not anytime soon.
Top Quarterbacks at Super Bowl LV
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the only player in NFL history to win a league MVP award and a Super Bowl MVP before the age of 25. While matching Brady’s six Super Bowl wins seems highly unlikely, most of what we’ve seen from Mahomes in his three seasons as a starter was considered highly unlikely before 2018.
Adding in one more wrinkle for this quarterback matchup of the ages, and aged, is that this is the first time in Super Bowl history that the two previous Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks are facing one an-other.
In Super Bowl LIII, Brady and the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams. In Super Bowl LIV, it was Mahomes leading a fourth-quarter comeback against the San Francisco 49ers.
Super Bowl MVP
While this is the first time the two most recent winners have met, this is the seventh time that two pre-vious Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks have played.
But before you finish your Super Bowl betting analysis and rush out and pay good money on either Mahomes or Brady as the automatic Super Bowl MVP, consider that in those previous six meetings, only three times did the quarterback win the award.
That was Pittsburgh’s Terry Bradshaw in Super Bowl XIII, the Giants’ Eli Manning in Super Bowl XLVI, and Brady in Super Bowl XLIX.
For a positional bet on the winner of the MVP in Super Bowl LV, online oddsmakers have favored quarterback (-400), wide receiver (+350), tight end (+750), running back (+850), and any defensive player (+900).
Mahomes remains the individual favorite at -140, while Brady is listed at +175.
Super Bowl Jersey Edge Goes to Buccaneers
The Chiefs are the slight favorite in the game, with online bookmakers making the Chiefs 3.5-point fa-vorites and putting them -169 on the moneyline.
Tampa Bay is currently paying +150 on the moneyline.
A bet on the Bucs, at least according to jersey history, might be a bargain.
As the designated home team – not because the game is in Tampa, but because it’s the NFC’s turn to be home – the Buccaneers get the first choice of jersey color. They have chosen to wear white, mean-ing the Chiefs will be wearing red.
Super Bowl History
This may seem like an inconsequential thing, but by happenstance, the wearer of the white jersey is 34-20 in Super Bowl history.
Brady himself is an impressive 5-1 when wearing white and just 1-2 when wearing the colored jersey of the Patriots.
It’s worth noting that when these two teams played each other in Tampa in November, the Chiefs were the team wearing white when they won 27-24.
But before you go put all of your Super Bowl LV betting money on the Bucs and their white jerseys, it’s also worth remembering that Tampa Bay’s previous Super Bowl win came while wearing red, as have the Chiefs’ two Super Bowl wins.