- The Kansas City Chiefs signed Joe Thuney to a five-year deal worth $80M.
- Thuney’s pass-blocking prowess has allowed just three sacks in 1,733 snaps since 2018.
- Kansas City is the +550 betting favorite to win Super Bowl LVI.
The Kansas City Chiefs are the odds on favorite to win Super Bowl LVI at the best NFL betting sites. The 2019 NFL champions are the +550 betting favorites at online sportsbook SportsBetting.ag but they are not taking any chances.
After failing to protect Patrick Mahomes in the pocket against the hungry Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense at Super Bowl LV, the Chiefs’ ability to keep pressure away from their superstar QB has been the theme of their last two playoff defeats.
On Monday, the Chiefs signed New England Patriots’ standout offensive lineman Joe Thuney to a five-year deal worth a reported $80M to give their offensive line a massive boost.
Most Pressured QB in Super Bowl History
Patrick Mahomes was pressured more in this game than any QB in Super Bowl history (29), passing the record of 25 by Jim Kelly in SB XXVI.
Tom Brady faced his fewest pressures (4) in any Super Bowl of his career pic.twitter.com/CnRaG7gR5s
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 8, 2021
Patrick Mahomes faced more pressure than any quarterback in the history of the Super Bowl last February. According to ESPN Stats and Info, the 29 times that the KC QB was pressured at Super Bowl LV surpassed the previous record of 25 on Jim Kelly in SB XXVI.
Mahomes was pressured on 51.8% of his dropbacks ast Super Bowl LV, the third-highest mark of his career. He was also pressured on 47.2% of his dropbacks during the 2018 AFC title game against the New England Patriots, 4th most in his career. Both games ended in losses for the Chiefs
When all was said and done at Super Bowl LV, Mahomes had 270 passing yards on 26-49 passing with no touchdowns. He was sacked three times and ran for a total of 497 yards before his sacks or passes, the most by any QB in a game during the 2020 season. Kansas City’s Super Bowl LV loss was also his first defeat by more than a possession since November 19, 2016 when Iowa State blasted Texas Tech 66-10.
Last season, the Chiefs were 16-0 when Mahomes wasn’t pressured on more than half of his dropbacks. Kansas City was 0-2 when he was pressured more than 50% of the time. Between injuries and shuffling of their lineup, Kansas City had at least five players with at least 100 snaps at guard last season.
3 Sacks Allowed Since 2018
Joe Thuney pass-blocking stats since 2018:
🔹3 sacks allowed pic.twitter.com/Svr4GYFKc0
— PFF (@PFF) March 15, 2021
Thuney has been a fixture at left guard since the Patriots drafted him 78th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. In his five NFL seasons, the 28-year old former North Carolina State standout has never missed a game or start with the Patriots, becoming the first player in NFL history to open his career with three consecutive Super Bowl starts.
The 2019 Associated Press second team All-Pro has registered a total of 5,474 snaps since he entered the league. That ranks second only to the Philadelphia Eagles’ Jason Kelce who has 5,492 during the same period. Since 2018, Thuney has allowed an impressive 3 sacks in 1,733 snaps.
Aside from his superb pass-blocking stats and durability, another asset of Thuney is his versatility. While at New England, he also filled in at center and right tackle when needed during emergency situations. He played under the franchise tag last season and earned $14.7M.
Kansas City could be looking at a makeover of their offensive line. Tackles Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher were recently released. Meanwhile, center Austin Reiter plus guards Kelechi Osemele and Andrew Wylie can become free agents.