NFL Game Previews: Super Bowl Matchup

NFL Game Previews: Super Bowl Matchup

This article is part of our NFL Game Previews series.

Kansas City vs. Tampa Bay (+3), o/u 56.0 – Saturday, 6:30 p.m. EST

It took 55 tries, but the NFL finally has a team playing in a Super Bowl in its home stadium. This might have been the matchup most people were hoping for ever since Tom Brady split for a warmer climate, and now that it's here there's a very good chance it'll live up to the hype. Including playoffs, Kansas City is a ridiculous 25-1 with Patrick Mahomes under center since Week 11 of 2019, scoring at least 30 points in over half of those games. Not a bad little run. On the other sideline, Brady hasn't lost since Week 12 and has tossed multiple touchdowns in 10 consecutive games, with the team averaging 34.3 points a game during its seven-game winning streak. In other words, both offenses are humming, and while the two defenses have their strengths, it's hard to imagine this becoming a low-scoring, grind-it-out contest. 

Both teams also have reasons to be confident. In addition to being the reigning champs, Kansas City was the last team to hand Tampa Bay a loss, sinking them 27-24 in this very stadium thanks to that 269-yard, three-TD performance from Tyreek Hill. As for the Bucs, their receiving corps has the firepower to keep up with Hill, Travis Kelce, etc., but the ace up their sleeves could be the pass rush. Shaquil Barrett, Jason Pierre-Paul and crew sacked Aaron Rodgers five times in the NFC championship

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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