The impossible season has reached its conclusion with Super Bowl LV about to ignite between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The game, which will be hosted at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Fla., is expected to attract millions of viewers across the world. But who is going to win? Sports analytics and predictions website Dimers.com has run a fine-tooth comb through the factors that will determine which team takes home the Lombardi Trophy for 2021.
The Quarterback Battle
It’s a SBLV promoter’s dream with the player widely recognized as the best player of all-time, Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady, facing off against the player who many think may eventually overtake him: Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes.
Both players have been here before. Brady won 6 Super Bowl rings with his former team the New England Patriots, while Mahomes is looking to win a second successive title after claiming Super Bowl glory with the Chiefs last year.
Mahomes is more mobile than the 43-year-old Brady and is able to rush as well as throw, but the Bucs’ QB vision across the field is impeccable and can never be counted out.
The Running Game
The modern-day NFL is becoming known as more of a rushing league with more teams placing an emphasis on trying to run the ball rather than pass, but both teams buck the trend in this regard, ranking in the bottom half of the league for average rushing yards per game.
The difference, though, is Tampa Bay’s ability to defend against the Running Backs, ranking first in the league for fewest yards conceded from rushing on average per game this season.
Advantage: Neither team. Tampa Bay’s Leonard Fournette is projected to be the leading rushing yard player with 48 total yards, but this game won’t be decided by the running backs.
With the passing prowess of both Mahomes and Brady, this game will be won by whichever team’s Wide Receivers rise to the occasion.
As far as Kansas City, they have two of the best in the business. Travis Kelce and Tyreek ‘Cheetah’ Hill have been two of the top receivers in the league this season and a good performance from either will have them in the conversation to wrestle Super Bowl MVP honors away from Patrick Mahomes if KC wins the game.
For Tampa Bay, eyes of neutral fans will be on old favorites in Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown, but 24-year-old Chris Godwin will need a big game if the Bucs are to stand any chance of winning.
Advantage: The Chiefs. Kansas City’s dynamic duo in Kelce and Hill are projected to go for 94 and 80 receiving yards, respectively.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been the best team in the NFL for the past two seasons and will cap off a dominant 2020 season by adding a second successive Lombardi Trophy to their cabinet. Dimers.com predicts the score line to be 28-26 in the Chiefs’ favor with Patrick Mahomes taking home the MVP trophy for best player.
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Betting on the NFL is becoming more popular with over 20 states now having legalized online sports gambling. It’s expected that over 23 million Americans will wager $4.3 billion on Super Bowl LV alone.
If you’re making an online sports bet for the first time, Dimers.com has you covered from match predictions to player prop bets, such as most likely touchdown scorers, as well as novelty game props like ‘What song will The Weeknd open the halftime show with?’.
Keep checking back with Dimers.com for the most up-to-date content leading up to Super Bowl LV!