Super Bowl 55 Matchup
Chiefs vs. Bucs
Team Totals: Chiefs 29.75, Bucs 26.75
Beyond the debatable benefit of home-field advantage at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, the Bucs’ main Super Bowl advantage is identifiable up front against Kansas City’s injury-depleted offensive line, which is missing RT Mitchell Schwartz (back), LT Eric Fisher (Achilles’), and LG Kelechi Osemele (knees) against a Bucs defense that ranks top four in sacks (48) and top three in QB hits (116). Just one of the Chiefs’ five remaining first-team offensive linemen (C Austin Reiter) began 2020 as a projected starter. Patrick Mahomes’ QB rating in clean pockets (121.1) sinks from third among 42 qualifiers to 13th (78.5) under duress. Although Mahomes’ generational talent and elite weaponry typically keep him opponent-proof, this game’s subpar matchup and K.C.’s decimated pass protection render Mahomes’ outlook more volatile than usual. Due to Sunday’s mismatch in the trenches, sports bettors should keep serious tabs on sack-prop opportunities.