When the Super Bowl 55 futures debuted after SB LIV in February of 2020, the Kansas City Chiefs were predicted to win their second Lombardi Trophy in a row.
We are now nine days out from the kickoff of Super Bowl LV and the Chiefs are one win away from earning a large payout for anyone who bet on their SB odds prior to the 2020-21 NFL season.
Sure, the Chiefs may be favored to be victorious in SB 55, but why? Below, we break down our rationale for why KC will win Super Bowl LV on February 7th.
Top Ten Reasons The Chiefs Will Win Super Bowl LV
- After winning Super Bowl 54, the monkey is officially off of head coach Andy Reid’s back. There’s no longer the added pressure of finally capturing a Super Bowl title, and given what he’s witnessed his star QB accomplish, he has every reason to be confident they can get the job done. His quarterback-friendly offensive scheme has now been paired up with what could be the most talented QB of all time when it is all said and done.
- Tight End Travis Kelce would be the top player at his position in the NFL if not for some stiff competition in recent years from George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers. Speaking of Kittle, Kelce broke his single-season yardage record this year, and the Super Bowl prop bets suggest he will lead KC in receiving yardage on Super Bowl Sunday.
- One of the fastest players in the NFL is Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill. His past statistical performance has set a high benchmark, but he has surpassed those this season, setting personal bests for total touchdowns with 17 (15 receiving, 2 rushing) and receptions (87, tied with 2018). Both Hill and Kelce are entering the game at full health and are as close to as unstoppable as the league can offer.
- Kansas City would be going for a perfect 19-0 season right now if not for an errant Week 5 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Count this as a blessing, because now they won’t face the added pressure of perfection and can let it all hang out against Tampa Bay.
- It’s no secret that the passing game of KC is a threat to score on any given play. The Bucs defense is playing well, but their focus will be on receivers downfield, which will allow for the Chiefs to employ their talented running backs led by rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Don’t be shocked to see TB get caught in coverage while one of these KC running backs breaks a 20+ yard carry or two.
- Three words – the Honey Badger. It’s the nickname of Chiefs’ Safety Tyrann Mathieu. He was awarded first-team NFL All-Pro honors this season, and you can bet he’s been studying game film on Brady and the Tampa Bay offense since the NFC title game concluded. Don’t expect any last-second deep passes to get beyond the KC secondary with Matthieu on patrol.
- The quality of offensive depth for Kansas City will come in to play in Super Bowl 55. Mahomes has spread the ball around this year, allowing for over 6 receivers in the offense to bring in over 30 receptions. They also have former All-Pro Le’Veon Bell as a backup running back on board, just in case.
- Luck appears to be on the side of the Chiefs. In the Divisional Round of the 2020-21 NFL Playoffs, Mahomes left the game against the Cleveland Browns after suffering a concussion. The Browns had several chances to overtake KC, but backup QB Chad Henne was able to secure a first down and capture a rare playoff win. If the Chiefs are victorious in Super Bowl 55, they’ll point to Henne’s performance as a key moment.
- Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is once again being mentioned in rumors for future head coaching hires, but for now, he is trying to finish off his masterpiece performance in 2020-21 with a Super Bowl victory. Don’t be surprised to see him carried off the field in celebration following his final game as a KC assistant coach.
- Listed last. but definitely the most important factor in a Super Bowl 55 win for Kansas City is Patrick Mahomes. His incredible talent is evident on nearly every play, and to expect anything but success for him is difficult. Winning seems as easy as breathing for Mahomes, and oddsmakers think he’ll win SB 55 without the need for last gasp heroics.
Source: Pro Football Reference