The Kansas City Chiefs hope to retain the 55th Super Bowl 2021 title when they face Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 2020 crown. A lot can happen in one week, but we take a look at some of the best early bets jumping off the sheet with William Hill USA.
- Chiefs are -165 moneyline favorites, Tampa Bay are +145 underdogs
- Tom Brady will make record-extending 10th Super Bowl appearance
- Buccaneers lead Kansas City 7-6 in all-time series (first post-season meeting)
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Clyde Edwards-Helaire to Score First Kansas City Touchdown (+700)
So much attention has been concentrated around Super Bowl LV’s quarterbacks—Brady and his Kansas City counterpart, Patrick Mahomes—that the considerable running talents in play have been somewhat overlooked.
Among Chiefs running-backs, rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire has shone as the go-to option for Andy Reid and scored the sixth touchdown of his debut NFL season during the AFC Championship win over Buffalo last week:
First touchdown scorer can be a bit of a lottery depending on who gets the coin toss, but given his prominence in the Kansas City ground attack, Edwards-Helaire’s +700 odds to give them a bright start are attention-grabbing.
The 21-year-old makes up in power and speed what he lacks in experience, not to mention he’s yet to play a game this season without being targeted for at least one reception.
Tampa Bay Field Goal First Scoring Play (+460)
For all the potency the Chiefs pack in attack, there’s a lot to be said for a defense that limited the Browns and the Bills to an average of just 20.5 points in their two playoff games until now.
The Green Bay Packers were unable to prevent Brady’s Buccaneers from scoring an early touchdown in the NFC Championship game, but breaking down this Kansas City secondary is a different task altogether:
Provided it’s Tampa Bay who get the first crack with ball in hand, it’s realistic to think the Chiefs—who allowed the fifth lowest pass completion of any team during the regular season (62.7%)—will prevent the TD score.
Coach Bruce Arians’ side look fanciable at +460 to convert a field goal for the first score of the game, promising odds considering Ryan Succop has missed only three of 31 attempts this season.
Mike Evans to Score Two Touchdowns (+550)
Who would have thought that all it would take to get the best out of Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans was the addition of a future Hall of Famer like Brady? Probably a lot of people, actually.
The 6’5”, three-time Pro Bowler already recorded a career regular-season record of 13 touchdowns in 2020 to go along with the two he’s scored in his first post-season (15 overall). Two of those regular-season scores came in the fourth quarter of Tampa Bay’s Week 12 loss to the Chiefs, and Evans offers +550 odds to repeat the feat, once again at Raymond James Stadium:
The fact this fixture takes place at the Buccaneers’ home only adds to their appeal despite the fact limited spectators will be in attendance, with Evans boasting at least six more touchdowns than any of his team-mates this season.
Cameron Brate to Score a TD (Anytime) & Tampa Bay Win (+750)
One major appeal about this Tampa Bay pass offense—aside from Brady’s vision and throwing ability—is the wealth of reliable target options their quarterback has at his disposal.
Tight-end Cameron Brate is one of the more forgettable names among that order considering he started just one of their 16 regular-season games behind the more established Rob Gronkowski. But that didn’t stop the Harvard graduate coming up with a crucial TD following a timely turnover in the recent win over Green Bay:
The Buccaneers’ underdog odds automatically make them the more favorable pick for most bettors, and the fact their odds continue to fall shows people are jumping on the dark horse.
Brate has only two touchdowns this season, but it would be unwise to think that will stop Arians and Brady targeting the lesser name as a result. Punters can get a peachy-looking price of +750 for Brate to score anytime en route to a Buccaneers victory.
Tom Brady to be Named Super Bowl MVP (+190)
Last but not least is arguably the biggest no-brainer of this year’s Super Bowl. If Tampa Bay are to upset the odds and lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the first time since the 2002 season, shot-caller Brady is guaranteed to be a central part of that success (barring any injury).
At +190 odds, there’s a chance to almost triple one’s wager lumping on the veteran in his 10th Super Bowl appearance. That’s a record in itself, but Brady also leads the NFL list in Super Bowls won (six), as well as being named Super Bowl MVP more than any other player (four):
Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley is the only player to be named Super Bowl MVP despite finishing on the losing team in 1971. On the 50th anniversary of that feat, there are few better candidates than Brady who would stand a chance of replicating the achievement even if the Buccaneers were to lose against Kansas City.
Super Bowl LV Moneyline Odds
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +145
- Kansas City Chiefs: -165
- Odds via William Hill NJ
Super Bowl LV Guide & Info
- Date: Sunday, February 7
- Time: 6:30 p.m. ET/11:30 p.m. GMT
- Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
- TV Info: CBS