Michael Gaither – Super Bowl 55 Preview

Super Bowl 55 will take place on Feb. 7th, 2021 at 6:30 PM eastern time on CBS. The teams that will play in the super are the American Football Conference’s Kansas City Chiefs and the National Football Conference’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Super Bowl 55 will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, which means that Tampa Bay will be the first team ever to play in the super bowl in their home stadium. 

 

There are some major questions that still need to be answered ahead of this game on Sunday. The first question is, Can these defenses slow down these offenses? These are two of the best offenses in the NFL, with weapons pretty much everywhere. The Chiefs have arguably the best quarterback in Patrick Mahomes, the fastest wide receiver in the league in Tyreek Hill and they probably have the best tight end in the league in Travis Kelce. The Buccaneers are deep at every skill position and they have a future hall of fame quarterback in 43-year-old Tom Brady. In order for either team to get a decisive advantage, they need to play outstanding defense. Another question would be, How much of a role will the running backs play? Each team has solid running backs, with the Chiefs having star rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, power back Darryl Williams, and veteran Le’Veon Bell. The Buccaneers have offseason acquisition Leanord Fournette and a young stud in the man they call “Rojo:” Ronald Jones. These players will play a key part as to which team will ultimately come out on top. The final question is, How much will injuries be a factor? Most of the impact players that were injured are slated to play Sunday, but one key player will not. Chiefs star left tackle Eric Fisher tore his Achilles in their win against Buffalo in the AFC Championship Game and is out for the remainder of the season. He is Mahomes blind-side blocker and a crucial player on the Chiefs roster. Protecting Mahomes is going to be a tough task for an o-line that is dealing with a few injuries. 

 

There are also a few X-Factors, aside from the names mentioned above, that could play huge roles for both of these teams. One x-factor would be Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu. He is the heart and soul of the Chiefs defense and can be a thorn in the side of offenses for 60 minutes. Another huge x-factor is Bucs linebacker Lavonte David, who is a model of consistency at the position. David is a tackling machine and is all around the field. An x-factor to keep an eye on as well is Chiefs o-lineman Mike Remmers. Although he’s an experienced lineman, he isn’t the full-time starter and will need to be on his A-game against this Bucs defense.

 

With all that being said, I still need to make my prediction for this game, and my prediction simply comes down to this: I have a few rules in life, and one of them is to never bet against Tom Brady. I did it in one super bowl, but I won’t do it in another. The Bucs will win in a close one, 31-28.