Super Bowl 55 Preview and Prediction

Whitney Dowds
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We are just two days away from an epic showdown between Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes. This will be their 5th matchup and potentially their last time facing off in an NFL game. There is no bigger stage in the Super Bowl to act as the tie breaker, as they’ve split their first 4 matchups, including a week 12 matchup in Tampa, where the Kansas City Chiefs won 27-24. Sunday’s game will also be played in Tampa, as the Bucs will become the first NFL team to ever host a Super Bowl in their home stadium. Their previous matchup featured a ton of offensive fireworks, specifically in the form of WR Tyreek Hill, and I expect more of the same this week. What a perfect matchup to end this insane 2020-2021 season.

The Chiefs have relied on the talents of their three headed monster on offense to reach Super Bowl 55. The combination of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce have combined for 40 catches for 509 yards and 3 scores this postseason. You combine that with Mahomes’ 599 total yards and I have no idea how they can stop them. One storyline that concerns me on the Chiefs’ offense is the absence of LT Eric Fisher. He was lost for the season at the end of the AFC Championship game with a torn achilles. When you face a pass rush that features the likes of LB Shaquil Barrett (8 sacks) and DE Jason Pierre-Paul (9.5 sacks), I’d normally be more concerned. However there is no defense that has proven capable of shutting down Hill and Kelce. Need more proof? Check out these highlights from Hill’s monster performance against Tampa in week 12!

The Buccaneers on the other hand have a diverse group of weapons they can call upon to convert on big plays down the field and when you combine that with the GOAT of QB’s, that’s a scary combination. Tom Brady’s favorite target this postseason has been WR Chris Godwin (14 receptions for 223 yards and TD), but you can’t fall asleep in coverage with his other pass catchers. I can only imagine the headaches and lack of sleep that opposing offensive coordinators dealt with this season when they had to prepare for not only Godwin, but also Mike Evans, Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski. Brown’s return after a one week absence will only make this offense more explosive and don’t be surprised to see Brady attempt deep passes to all of the players I just listed above. Now I know what you’re thinking, why does that list include Gronk? Well yes it might be true that he has only hauled in 2 catches for 43 yards this month, but as we saw in Super Bowl 53, Brady is extremely comfortable relying on him for a big play in the 4th quarter. Also don’t turn into Packers’ DB Kevin King and fall asleep on WR Scotty Miller. He’s a speed demon that can score from anywhere on the field.

The way to slow down this offense is to get in Brady’s face and force turnovers. Chiefs DC Steve Spagnuolo knows this all too well, as he was the New York Giants DC who crafted the game plan to end the Patriots perfect season at 18-1 in 2007. At the time, it was one of the highest scoring offenses of all time and Brady’s 50 touchdown passes in the regular season was jaw dropping. Randy Moss’ 23 touchdown receptions made that offense look unstoppable along with slot receiver extraordinaire Wes Welker’s ability to get open over the middle of the field. The Patriots scored 30+ points 12 times that season, but all that greatness came crashing down in Super Bowl 42. They only scored 14 points and Brady was sacked five times. Spagnuolo will call upon DT Chris Jones (7.5 sacks) and DE Frank Clark (6 sacks) to duplicate a similar performance and make Brady’s life miserable.

Super Bowl Prediction

This game will be a high scoring game and there is no underdog in this matchup. Both teams have a ridiculous amount of talent on offense and can score in a blink from any part of the field. I believe Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce will be too much for the Buccaneers defense to handle. Mahomes will have the ball last and lead the Chiefs to another epic game winning drive to add to his ever growing legend. I predict that the Chiefs will win by 3 points and Patrick Mahomes will earn his second consecutive Super Bowl MVP. We will find out if I’m right, when the game kicks off Sunday night at 6:30 pm on CBS.

Who do you think will win this game? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below or the CruelFan Facebook page. Enjoy the game!

By: Whitney Dowds CruelFan.com

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