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Super Bowl 55 Preview: Can the Chiefs Repeat?

Here we go folks! The Super Bowl is within reach. The Chiefs open up as 3.5 point favourites. Many storylines heading into this one. One of them being the Buccaneers being the first team ever to host a home Super Bowl. Who has better weapons on offense? Can Mahomes outduel Brady? Who has the advantage? Who wants it more? Lemme try and answer some of these questions for you while we wait anxiously for Super Bowl 55!  

Some have said it’s the GOAT vs the Baby GOAT. In terms of a quarterback matchup, it doesn’t get much better than this. Brady in his 10th Super Bowl and looking to win his 7th. Mahomes looking to win back-to-back Super Bowls and start a dynasty of his own. The Chiefs have looked virtually unstoppable all year. They lost twice, once with their back ups. The question’s been asked before so I’ll ask it again. If your playing KCs offense, who do you look to takeaway first: Kelce or Hill? There’s no right or wrong answer of course, but I’m going with Kelce. Hill is the more flashy and dangerous player. Kelce is more of the heart and soul of the offense, the center of it. When Mahomes needs yards to extend the drive, Kelce is usually his guy. He then proceeds to throw a 50 yard TD bomb to Hill. If you’re Tampa, you’re gonna want to take away both guys, but I don’t think that’s possible. 

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) celebrates a first down against the Houston Texans during the second quarter in a AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Will AB play in the Super Bowl? Last week he was listed as “doubtful,” but there seems to be more optimism now. As deep as the Bucs offense is, they’ll need Brown to win the Super Bowl. Evans and Brady have had their ups and downs this season in terms of connecting on throws. Evans has been held to 4 catches in his last 2 games. That’s been enough for them to win, but won’t be against the Chiefs. Evans will need to have a stat line similar to 6 catches 90 yards and a TD. 

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Both of these defenses are overlooked. The Chiefs defense has been solid. I would argue the Bucs defense won them their last 2 games. Devin White has been an animal since coming back. He’s gonna have his hands full in this one. I expect him to cover Kelce on most of his shorter routes. Coach Todd Bowles likes bringing the blitz, which will leave the Bucs playing man to man coverage. It’s never a good idea to have a linebacker on Kelce, but White will be up to the challenge. For Kansas City, they’ll need get to Brady and rough him up. They’re more than capable of doing so. Chris Jones continues to impress, and will sack Brady at least once. On the other hand, the Bucs defense should be licking their chops with offensive tackle Eric Fisher being sidelined for this game. As much as we like to talk offense with both these teams, don’t be surprised if the play of the game is a game-sealing pick.

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You gotta talk about X-factors when it comes to the Super Bowl. My X-factor for the Chiefs is Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He rushed for 6 times for 7 yards in the AFC Championship Game. Not exactly a record breaking night. Don’t let that fool you though. Edwards-Helaire is due for a good game. For the Bucs, my X-factor is definitely Gronk. He seems to have been a forgotten piece of this offense lately, but look for Brady to look for his guy in the most important game of the year. Gronk hasn’t had many receptions in the last few games, but has had clutch ones. I expect the same in the Super Bowl. I get the sense Gronk is gonna go for at least one TD. 

I really do think this game will be tight for an entire 60 minutes. I don’t expect either team to ever have a double-digit lead. You know that old saying that “defense wins championships?” Ya I don’t really buy that anymore. Ultimately, I trust the Chiefs offense more than I do the Bucs. Mahomes, Kelce, and Hill haven’t been stopped all year, so why would that change? I know it’s never smart to bet against Brady in a big game, but guess what? I’m doing it. Tyreek Hill wins Super Bowl 55 MVP. The Chiefs repeat as Super Bowl Champions and beat the Buccaneers 30-24! 

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