Mahomes’ Chiefs Have Opened as Betting Favorites Over Brady’s Bucs

Chiefs-At Buccaneers Brady And Mahomes

  • The Kansas City Chiefs are 3.5 point betting favorites over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Super Bowl LV.
  • Patrick Mahomes is aiming to become the first back to back Super Bowl winner since Tom Brady.
  • Meanwhile, Brady will be looking to be the first QB to win the Super Bowl while playing for both conferences.

The Kansas City Chiefs have opened as betting favorites to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Super Bowl LV on February 8th.

According to online sportsbook SportsBetting.ag, the Chiefs are -3.5 point favorites at the spread line and are the slight -172 odds on favorite at the Moneyline of the same bookmaker. The Chiefs defeated the Buffalo Bills 38-24 in the NFC title game at Arrowhead Stadium while the Buccaneers traveled to Lambeau Field and upset the Green Bay Packers to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since winning it all in 2003.

The main storyline for the NFL’s finale is the battle between its quarterbacks. KC’s Patrick Mahomes will be making his second straight Super Bowl appearance while Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady will be appearing in a record 10th Super Bowl. Mahomes will have the opportunity to become the first back to back champion since Brady while Brady will be aiming to become the first ever to win a Super Bowl in both conferences. It can’t get any better than this.

Tom Brady vs Patrick Mahomes

Tom Brady vs Patrick Mahomes in the Super Bowl is like having The Rock take on Hollywood Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania X8. But while that 2002 icon vs icon showdown ended with the Rock beating Hogan after two Rock Bottoms and a People’s Elbow, Patrick Mahomes beating the older icon Tom Brady is no guarantee. Not especially after how the Bucs have made it this far.

Tampa Bay was the fifth seed in the NFC playoffs. They had to go through Washington, New Orleans, and then Green Bay all on the road to get to this point. Now, they will be playing the biggest game of the 2020 NFL season at their backyard, as the first NFL team to play the Super Bowl at their home field. With Tom Brady playing behind center, you can never count out the Bucs.

Brady hasn’t looked spectacular in the postseason but he’s done just enough to put his team through. Against the Packers, Brady had a great first two quarters before throwing three interceptions in the second half. Luckily for him, and for the Bucs, their defense came up huge, especially in the 4th quarter when Rodgers was trying to erase a five-point lead. However, Tampa Bay cannot expect to hang on for dear life against an equally-prolific Kansas City offense.

Looked Good as Ever

There were worries in the Kansas City corner after Mahomes entered the concussion protocol at the start of the week. And when he was cleared to play last Friday, there were still skepticism about the turf toe on his left foot. But when it was time to play, Mahomes looked good as ever and threw for 325 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions to lead the defending Super Bowl champions to a 38-24 win over the Buffalo Bills.

With an extra two weeks before the Super Bowl, Mahomes should be 100% ready when he faces Brady in Tampa Bay. The head to head meeting between these two QBs currently stands at 2-2 with Mahomes winning the last two meetings. However, Brady won their only playoff matchup when the Patriots defeated the Chiefs in the 2019 NFC title game.

Beating Brady won’t be easy, even if TB12 is already 43. The Bucs will have home field advantage for the first time in the current playoffs and they could feed off that as well. However, the Chiefs have lost twice in their last 27 games played and with a healthy Mahomes, Kansas City could very well become the first team to win back to back Super Bowls since Brady led the Pats to consecutive wins in 2003 and 2004.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.