Super Bowl LV will feature arguably the best athlete ever in Tom Brady and perhaps the person who can later claim that title in Patrick Mahomes. The old GOAT versus the young GOAT is one of the many headlines surrounding this matchup.
It should come as no surprise that the Kansas City Chiefs are making their second straight Super Bowl appearance. Before the season – and throughout the entirety of the season – the Chiefs had the best odds at all sportsbooks of repeating as Super Bowl Champs. However, it does surprise many to see the Buccaneers make their first Super Bowl appearance since 2003.
With that said, all major sportsbooks have the Chiefs as a favorite to indeed, repeat as Super Bowl Champions.
Current Super Bowl LV Odds
FanDuel, DraftKings, and BetRivers all have the Kansas City Chiefs as a 3 point favorite (-3). BetMGM currently has the Chiefs as 3.5 favorites (-3.5). This may be more appealing towards fans because if one were to bet on the Chiefs and they did indeed win by a field goal, they would win. Contrary to the other three sportsbooks, where if you bet on the Chiefs and they win by a field goal, you would push.
All 4 of those sportsbooks have the over/under at 56.5 while all of them have somewhat different moneylines. Let’s take a look at FanDuel’s line for the big game.
|KC Chiefs||+3 (-122)||-174||O 56.5 (-110)|
|TB Buccaneers||+3 (+100)||+146||U 56.5 (-110)|
To simplify this further, I will break down how each bet works for newcomers.
Betting the Spread: If you were to choose FanDuel to place your bet and decided to take the points on the Kansas City Chiefs, that would mean in order to win, the Chiefs would need to win the game by 4 points or more. Since they are the favorite, you would need to bet $122 in order to win $100. If you were to bet on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in order to win, the Bucs would either need to outright win the game or lose by 2 points or less.
Betting the Moneyline: The moneyline is considered the simplest bet to make in sports. You choose either the Chiefs or the Buccaneers to outright win the game. If you were to bet on the Chiefs, you would win $100 for every $174 they bet. On the contrary, since the Buccaneers are the underdog, if you bet on them, you would win $146 for every $100 you wagered.
Betting the Over/Under: The over/under tends to be one of the more popular bets in the Super Bowl. In this case, the over/under has been set at 56.5 and the odds are -110. Essentially, this bet means you think both teams will combine for 57+ points, or, both teams combined will score fewer than 56 points. If you guess right, you would win $110 for every $100 you bet.
Road To The Super Bowl
There were many enticing potential Super Bowl matchups when the playoffs began. Perhaps the most popular was the battle of the State Farm quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers v. Patrick Mahomes. Secondly – and ironically, what we ended up with – another iconic battle between Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady. In head-to-head matchups, they are 2-2 against each other with Mahomes still seeking revenge for the AFC Championship win Brady picked up three years ago.
But, each team took a different path to get to the Super Bowl.
Kansas City Chiefs
Many had their doubts about the Chiefs entering the playoffs as 7 of their last 8 regular-season games were determined by 1 score. During the regular season – despite the one-score games – the Chiefs led the league in total offensive yards (415.8) per game. But, as many anticipated, the Chiefs were able to kick it into high gear when the postseason began.
There was no denying that the Chiefs were the best team in the NFL as they finished with the league’s best record, 14-2. Despite Mahomes’ injury in the divisional round, the offensive guru, Andy Reid, still found a way to keep his team afloat with Chad Henne under the helm.
Against Buffalo in the conference championship, Kansas City made things look quite easy as they marched up and down the field simply doing what they wanted when they wanted. The key to beating the Chiefs is not slowing them down offensively. Rather, simply outscoring them. Which appears to be the hardest task in the NFL.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When the news broke over the summer that Tom Brady would be joining the Buccaneers, most anticipated that they would be a playoff team. Although they are one of the only two teams standing, not many thought Tom had what it took to lead another Super Bowl run.
Over the last couple years, Tampa Bay, despite all the theam’s talent, has failed to make the playoffs because of poor football decisions. Whether it be turnovers or simply having no discipline, the team failed to live up to expectations. Even with the addition of Tom, the Buccaneers struggled throughout the regular season.
There was the focused Buccaneers team that we saw destroy the Packers in Week 6 and evidently, the team that we have seen over the last three weeks. But, there was also the undisciplined, unfocused team that we saw too much of during the regular season.
Regardless, they have kicked it into high gear and found a way to win three road playoff games to secure a spot in the Super Bowl. In which they will be the first team ever in NFL history to host the Super Bowl.
Who Will Win & Why
If there is one thing we have learned over the last two decades, it’s to not count out Tom Brady. Just when things appear to be going bad, Brady finds a way to win. Perhaps that’s what makes him of the greatest ever: his will to win.
But, Brady will be indeed going up against his greatest challenge ever in the Kansas City Chiefs. At the age of 62, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, is still the offensive guru. Each and every week, he implements new creative ways to make this offense just that much better.
Although the Buccaneers defense has been playing significantly better over the last three weeks, the Chiefs will win this Super Bowl and repeat as champions. Remember, on these two teams’ journeys, their paths crossed in Week 12, where the Chiefs won 27-24.
WR Tyreek Hill finished the game with 13 catches for 269 yards and 3 touchdowns. A large portion of that was playcalling, but also because the Buccaneers weren’t covering him over the top. That is something that will change in less than two weeks. But, with that adjustment, that means less attention will be on Travis Kelce. If the Bucs decide to take away both Hill and Kelce (which will be very hard to do), then the Chiefs will make them pay by utilizing their other offensive players. To simply state it, the Chiefs offensive schemes are too hard to prepare for. No one has yet to slow them down.
Super Bowl 2021 Prop Bets
The Super Bowl is one the biggest games in all of sports. To make the game more entertaining, fans are able to make all kinds of bets before and during the game. For example, a fun prop bet for the Super Bowl is betting on the coin toss.
Sportsbooks have also added a wager allowing you to bet the over/under on how long the halftime show will be. Then, there are the player prop bets. For example, at BetMGM the current over/under set on Patrick Mahomes passing yards is 329.5 (-115).
Along with that, you can bet on how many receptions, receiving yards, and rushing yards a single player will have in this game. In fact, the Super Bowl has Quarter Lines. You can bet on each quarter. Similarly to betting on the game, you can bet on the spread, moneyline, and over/under on a single quarter.
Super Bowl Promotions
The following promotions are offered to customers for Super Bowl LV.
FanDuel – PlayAction: With this, bettors will be able to make free live picks during the quarters of the Super Bowl with a chance to win real cash payouts.
BetMGM – New Customer Offer: New customers are offered a 100$ deposit match up to $1,000 on any bet with BetMGM NJ.
BetRivers – Big Game Offer: When a bettor makes a deposit of $100, they receive $100 in free bonus money. If they bet that $100 on the Super Bowl, they unlock an additional $400 in bonus money.
DraftKings – Wrangler Squares: With Wrangler Squares, bettors give themselves a chance of winning up to $55,000 worth of prizes.