|Travis Kelce MVP||14/1||Boylesports|
|Under 56.5 points||10/11||888Sport|
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This season's Super Bowl between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the defending champions Kansas City Chiefs is certainly one for the ages.
Leading the Buccaneers offense is the ageless Tom Brady who at 43, will be appearing in his 10th Super Bowl hoping to win his seventh ring.
Standing in his way is 25-year-old Patrick Mahomes who is the heir apparent to Brady when he finally decides to call time on his glorious career.
When Brady won his sixth championship, few thought he would add to it playing for a Patriots team that was showing signs of decline long before his trade to the Buccaneers in the off-season.
Not many believed he could return to the big dance one last time before the end of his career, but this is yet another chapter in the fairytale career of arguably the greatest quarter-back of all time.
Mahomes is writing a pretty impressive book of his own and he is hoping to lead the Chiefs to back-to-back Super Bowls.
The last team to achieve that was Brady and the Patriots who did it by winning Super Bowls at the end of the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
Super Bowl Odds
From a betting point of view, there is very little between these two teams which should make for a very closely fought championship game in Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers (11/8) are the first team ever to play in a home Super Bowl, but the Chiefs (8/13) will be pulling out all the stops to make sure they are not the first team to win a Super Bowl on home soil.
The Chiefs are 3-point favourites and in three of the last four Super Bowls, the favourites have gone on to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy amid a shower of confetti.
Andy Reid's Kansas City team closed last year's Super Bowl as 1.5 point favourites and they went on to beat the San Francisco 49ers by 11 points despite trailing by 10 points in the fourth quarter.
In the previous 54 Super Bowls, the favourites have won 35 times, but Brady will not lose any sleep about entering the match-up as underdogs.
When the Patriots faced the Seahawks in Super Bowl SLIX, Seattle were 1-point favourites but Brady led New England to a thrilling 28-24 win thanks to Malcolm Butler’s goal-line interception in the final minute.
Recent Head-To-Head Result
The 3-point spread for this year's Super Bowl is interesting. These two teams met in the regular season with the Chiefs coming out on top 27-24.
Kansas City led 17-0 at the end of the first quarter as Mahomes and Tyreek Hill connected on seven passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bucs rallied in the fourth quarter, scoring two touchdowns but they came up three points short.
The Chiefs are 5-0 this season when games have been decided by three points or less while the Buccaneers are 1-3.
The 51 total points scored in Tampa Bay on November 29 was above the league average 49.6 points per game over the course of its 256-game regular season.
With Mahomes and Brady calling the plays, there is a very good chance Super Bowl LV could be a high-scoring affair.
The over/under market has been set at 56.5. Only three of the previous 54 Super Bowls have had a bigger over/under total.
When the Patriots met the Rams two years ago, the points total was set at 55.5 points – the second highest. But the biggest game of the season produced the lowest scoring game in the history of the Super Bowl.
A global audience of over 100 million had to wait until midway through the fourth quarter for Sony Michel to run in for the game's one and only touchdown as the Patriots won 13-3.
Battle In The Air
With two of the best offenses in today's game, the belief is that the watching world will not have to wait that long this time for the first touchdown to be scored at the Raymond James Stadium.
The Chiefs average 29.6 points per game throughout the season while the Bucs go into the game averaging 36.6 points per game in their last five matches.
Mahomes and his Chiefs offense ranked first in the league with 303.4 passing yards per game while Brady's Buccaneers finished the regular season second with 289.1 yards per game.
This really could be a battle in the air, but both defenses will have a lot to say about that and what schemes their head coaches opt for.
Watching Andy Reid's Chiefs the last couple of years and Bruce Arians' Buccaneers this season, the one thing we can expect is the unexpected.
Reid is not afraid to dial up a trick play like the now famous 'WASP' call on 3rd and 15 in the fourth quarter of last season's Super Bowl that helped them win their first Super Bowl in 50 years.
As for his counterpart for Tampa Bay, Arians' mantra of 'no risk it, no biscuit' will see the Buccaneers take chances when other coaches would adopt a more conservative approach.
In this year's AFC Championship game, Buffalo settled for four field goals in their 14-point loss to the Chiefs. Tampa Bay know that if they are to win their first Super Bowl in 18 years, they cannot settle for three points at the end of promising drives.
Super Bowl LV Summary
The outcome of this game could be decided by whichever team can steal a possession through a turnover. Brady had three second half passes intercepted by the Packers in the NFC Championship game, but managed to get the win.
Both teams have game-breakers that can turn any game, but the Chiefs have the edge with the talent they can call on.
In the run-up to this game, 'pick your poison' has become a phrase used often about the reigning champions who have an uncanny knack of finding space to produce big plays at crucial times.
Travis Kelce has become an integral part of the Chiefs offense and a safety blanket for Mahomes when his first or second option is covered.
A tight end has never been MVP in the Super Bowl before, but Kelce is in the best form of his career with 100 or more receiving yards in seven of his last 10 games including both play-off games.
One of Kelce's greatest strengths is being able to get open when Mahomes is scrambling around keeping a play alive and coming up with a huge play.
If the pair, who have connected on 21 catches for 227 yards and three scores, are allowed to continue this rich vein of form, then the Vince Lombardi trophy will be returning to Arrowhead for another year.