Super Bowl 54 Preview

The playoffs have concluded, and the Super Bowl 54 participants have been decided.  The Kansas City Chiefs and their high-powered passing attack led by Patrick Mahomes will face off against the San Francisco 49ers, a hard-nosed team led by their defense and running game.

The betting line has remained steady since Super Bowl 54 odds have been announced, with the Chiefs favored by 1.5 or 2 points depending on which sportsbook you prefer.  The over/under has also balanced out at 55 points.  Oddsmakers expect a high scoring, tightly contested game.

Super Bowl 54 marks the seventh time the 49ers have advanced to the championship game, winning five times and losing their most recent appearance in Super Bowl 47 against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Chiefs are heading to their third Super Bowl.  They lost Super Bowl I to the Green Bay Packers, and they were only the second AFL team to defeat an NFL team when they beat the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl 4.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has never won a championship.  His Philadelphia Eagles lost to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 39 in his only appearance.  Patrick Mahomes hopes to help his coach get that championship monkey off his back.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is only in his third season as an NFL coach, but he shares something with Coach Reid.  He, too, has coached his team to a Super Bowl loss to the Patriots when he was offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons in SB LII.

Both coaches are looking for redemption, but how do the two teams stack up?

San Francisco 49ers

Coach Shanahan has assembled the right combination of players to create a balanced attack.  They seem to take away what their opponent does best and put forth what the opposing team has trouble dealing with.

The 49ers enter the game with the number two total defense and are especially stingy against the pass with their formidable front seven and their defensive backfield led by Richard Sherman.

Their offense is built with a similar balance.  They prefer to establish the run and control the clock, but if the opposing defense tries to take away that element, then they’ll start peppering with play-action passes. 

Kansas City Chiefs

Andy Reid has historically coached a quarterback friendly system.  He’s made average QBs look good for decades.  His offense got a major shot in the arm when they drafted superstar Patrick Mahomes.  He may be the most gifted passer the game has ever seen.

The explosive passing element that Mahomes provides has opened up the running game and forced defenses to respect Kansas City’s running backs.  Defenders are unable to commit to a strategy and rarely find the Chiefs’ offense in a moment of weakness.

The Chiefs have struggled on defense throughout the year, especially against the run, but they have overcome this by leaning on the offense to erase their deficits and blow out the other team on the scoreboard.  It has worked so far in 2019.   

Who Will Win?

If the Chiefs win, as oddsmakers suggest, then it will be through the sheer force of Mahomes’ throwing arm.  Patrick has continued to bail out Kansas City, and there has yet to be a defense that could stop him.  Once Patrick gets going, defenses can no longer find a foothold to launch from.  Once defenders start guessing, the scoring comes in bunches for the Chiefs.

The only way the 49ers can win is if they establish an offensive flow early and continue to put points on the board.  Despite the juggernaut presence of the 49ers defense, this game is not going to be low scoring.  San Francisco will not only have to keep scoring pace to win, but they will need to establish a lead early and maintain the early distance that they create.  This is not an easy task, but if any team can do it, it’s the 49ers.

I’m confident that the Chiefs passing attack will show up.  I have a lower degree of certainty when it comes to the entire San Francisco team to play at their best.  I predict that Kansas City will win by three or more points.

Current odds to win Super Bowl LIV

Below are the current odds to win Super Bowl LIV. These odds are available at Bovada’s Online Sportsbook and can be wagered on by any US citizen over the age of 18. With the big game around the corner, these odds will undoubtedly change, below is where we will keep them update for you.

Odds available at Bovada:

  • Kansas City Chiefs -120
  • San Francisco 49ers EVEN

Super Bowl LIV Location and Preparations

Super Bowl 54:
Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers
Date: 
February 2nd, 2020
Time: 
6:30pm
TV Channel: 
FOX
Location: 
Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida
National Anthem: 
Demi Lovato
Halftime Show: 
Jennifer Lopez, Shakira
Commercial Cost: 
$5 million +