Which Team Wins Super Bowl LV?

Olive Rios
May 5, 2020

 

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    1. Kansas City Chiefs (+750) – The Chiefs are the defending Super Bowl champs and, as expected, the favorite to win it all over again in February of 2021. Kansas City’s quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, is the biggest and best shiny new toy in the NFL and as Mahomes goes, so too go the fortunes of the Chiefs. The team addressed a glaring need with the last pick in the first round by selecting LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire but it was a curious choice, to say the least as Georgia’s D’Andre Swift, Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, and Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins were all ranked higher on most boards. However, Edwards-Helaire may prove to be the best choice for KC due to his receiving skills as an outlet receiver coming out of the backfield. If KC improved their running game and gained a reliable receiver all in one shot with Edwards-Helaire then the Chiefs will be even tougher to beat. 
  1. Baltimore Ravens (+800) –The best online books, are all dealing the Ravens as one of the NFL’s powerhouses this upcoming season. And why not? Lamar Jackson set the world ablaze last year but the Ravens unexpectedly fell to the Titans in the second round of the playoffs. However, most of the pundits are chalking that up to growing pains and expect Baltimore to be even more lethal with a five-star draft in landing LSU’s inside linebacker Patrick Queen in the opening round followed by a running back who many believed was the best in the draft when Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins unexpectedly fell into their laps in the second round (55th overall).

  1. New England Patriots (+2500) – With all due respect to the Buffalo Bills, a team that is also listed at +2500 to win the Super Bowl, we have to give the nod to the Patriots as the third most likely team in the AFC to hoist another Lombardi Trophy. Like Elvis, Tom Brady has left the building and took his talents to Tampa Bay while Rob Gronkowski came out of retirement to join him, courtesy of a trade that landed the Pats a fourth-round pick. The defense is rock solid in Foxboro but the offense will be dependent on second-year man Jarrett Stidham, backed up by well-traveled journeyman QB Brian Hoyer whose third tour of duty in New England is due primarily to his familiarity with the Patriots’ playbook. As long as Bill Belichick is roaming the sidelines, New England is a force to be reckoned with but if Stidham falters then don’t expect much from the perennial playoff contenders.

 

NFC Contenders

  1. New Orleans Saints (+1200) –Drew Brees is back down on the Bayou after signing a two-year, $50 million pact with the Saints. However, Brees is also 41-years-old but that hasn’t stopped the oddsmakers from making the Saints the co-favorites to win the NFC crown at +600 and tied with the 49ers and Bucs as the third choice (+1200) to win the Super Bowl. Protecting Brees was New Orleans’ chief priority when they chose interior lineman Cesar Ruiz of Michigan as the team’s first-round pick (24th overall) and then got a bonafide stud at linebacker with Wisconsin’s Zack Baun at No. 74 overall. The Saints were stunned in a 26-20 overtime loss to the upstart Vikings in the wild card round last season but should be primed to make another postseason run.

 

  1. San Francisco 49ers (+1200) – An argument could surely be made for the 49ers as the No. 1 threat in the NFC but the verdict is still out on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo despite the team’s success last year in making a Super Bowl appearance but bowing to the high-octane Chiefs. There is little doubt that Sweet Jimmy G is an above-average quarterback but whether he breathes the same rarified air as Mahomes, Jackson, Brady, Rodgers, and Brees is still very much in question. The Niners traded with the Bucs and Vikings in order to select defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw of South Carolina at No. 14 and then claimed Arizona State’s wideout Brandon Aiyuk as the 25th overall pick. San Francisco needs to be tougher defensively if they are to return to the big game and they might have done just that in the offseason.

 

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1200) – The Bucs could no longer continue with the turnover machine, Jameis Winston, at quarterback so they went out and signed a 43-year-old legend, Tom Brady. TB12 had been begging for weapons in New England and he now has his wish with speed burners Mike Evans and Chris Godwin on the wings while good buddy Rob Gronkowski joins him out of retirement to take his place at tight end coupled with OJ Howard. Tampa Bay made Brady’s health their first priority and landed arguably the best offensive tackle in the draft when they called Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs’ name as the 14th overall pick in the draft. Shoring up their woeful secondary, Minnesota safety Antoine Winfield Jr. was chosen as their second-round pick. The Bucs proceeded to add more offensive weapons as the draft commenced but all those flashy accouterments will be of little use if Brady goes down and the Bucs are forced to hand the reins of the offense to backup Blaine Gabbert.

 

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