Super Bowl LV (55) may be one of the most anticipated games in recent history with the ultimate battle going down between Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won just one Super Bowl in their franchise’s history and it dates back 18 years ago. The Kansas City Chiefs have won two Super Bowls, one in 1969 and of course the one last year. This matchup could be one of the best Big Games ever.
Mahomes and Brady already have a nice little rivalry going. Their series is tied 2-2 but Brady has the big win from the AFC Championship two years ago. This could be the last time these two legends hit the same field together, and it will come on the biggest of stages.
The Chiefs were hands-down the best team in the regular season. They went 14-2, although their second loss came in Week 17 of the season to a Chargers team while they were resting their starters. Mahomes put up another MVP-caliber season and will most likely finish first or second in the voting. Their defense ranked in the bottom 10 in points allowed and is average at best. However, they played better in the two postseason games they’ve had so far, allowing just 17 and 24 points.
The Bucs were a far opposite cry from the Chiefs. Tampa had a very up and down regular season. At one point they were 7-5. However, they closed the regular season with four straight wins. After winning all three playoff games, it’s safe to say that the Bucs have gotten their act together. Their explosive offense has scored 30 or more points in six straight games during this seven-game winning streak. The last time this team lost was on November 29, to none other than the Kansas City Chiefs.
All eyes are on Brady in this one to see if he can continue to dominate in the Super Bowl like he has so many times. This is the 10th time he has played in the Big Game and he is going for his seventh ring, and first as a member of a team other than the New England Patriots. It is also the first time in NFL history that a home team will be playing in the Super Bowl as the game will go down in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.
The Chiefs have one big issue heading into this game and it’s their offensive line. They are down Eric Fischer who was lost for the rest of the season during their last game and are most likely going to be without Mitchell Schwartz. These are two guys who anchor this offensive line and create time for Mahomes. The Bucs have a powerful rush defense, and they send the blitz more than any other team in the NFL.
The Bucs will have to shore up their secondary in this game as they did allow Tyreek Hill more than 200 yards the last time these two squared off. If Brady can keep the ball on his side and limit the turnovers, I like the Bucs in this one.
Prediction: Bucs 29 Chiefs 26