The Kansas City Chiefs are again within the Tremendous Bowl for the fourth time within the final 5 seasons, and so they might be ushered in as the following NFL dynasty in the event that they win their third.
But, regardless of the expertise of Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce, sportsbooks across the nation consider the San Francisco 49ers, the winners of the NFC, are the slight favorites on this matchup.
That has one NFL analyst very confused heading into the week earlier than the large sport at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
“How on this planet are the 49ers favored on this sport?” Ross Tucker, the previous NFL offensive lineman turned analyst, mentioned on “Fescoe within the Morning.” “The Chiefs, I felt like, have been clearly the higher staff in all three of the playoff video games – together with at Buffalo and at Baltimore.
“The Niners, guys, I can title six performs proper now off the highest of my head within the Packers sport the place in the event that they went the opposite means, the Packers win that sport.… After which the Lions have been killing the Niners till they peed down their leg like I’ve by no means seen earlier than, one of the crucial epic meltdowns of all time. Truthfully, I’m not a Lions fan, however that was exhausting to observe.
“So, you’re telling me you’re going to say the Niners are the favourite? They’re like going off yards per play from the common season, give me a break, bro. You’ve bought to be kidding me. In a detailed sport, you’re going to take Brock Purdy and Kyle Shanahan over Mahomes and Andy Reid? Yeah, not me. I’ve seen this film too many instances – I’m going to take the Chiefs.”
Like Tucker talked about, maybe oddsmakers are wanting on the total season as a complete when setting betting strains for this sport. The 49ers have been the second-best offense in the course of the common season when it comes to yards per sport. They averaged 398.4 per sport with the third-most factors per contest with 28.9.
In addition they had a top-10 protection, ending eighth in yards allowed (303.9) and the third-best common factors allowed per sport (17.5).
In the meantime, the Chiefs have been nonetheless an incredible offense regardless of their points all year long, ending ninth in complete yards (351.3 per sport). Nonetheless, they completed fifteenth in factors scored (21.8).
However nothing within the common season issues when the playoffs roll round. Groups just like the Dallas Cowboys perceive that after an incredible common season, resulting in a division win, all simply to lose at dwelling within the wild-card spherical. Any staff can get scorching on the proper time.
The Chiefs did win the AFC West once more this season, however some believed the Miami Dolphins – the highest offense within the common season – would be capable to take them down on the highway. And even when they didn’t, the Chiefs must undergo Buffalo and Baltimore, each of which have been Mahomes’ first profession highway playoff video games.
In the long run, Mahomes and his unit seem like they’ve in latest playoff journeys, transferring the ball nicely via Kelce, Isiah Pacheco and whoever else Reid is scheming open.
The 49ers have had a extra troubling two playoff video games. Brock Purdy & Co. needed to struggle to take the lead late within the fourth quarter in opposition to the Packers, the place Jordan Love finally threw a foul interception on a possible game-winning drive for San Fran to flee with the win.
Then, final week in opposition to the Detroit Lions, Tucker talked about the epic breakdown that occurred the place the Lions owned a 24-7 lead at halftime solely to offer it up within the second half.
There’s little question each of those groups are matched up nicely, however Mahomes has the expertise issue within the closing sport of the season, whereas this might be Purdy’s first journey to the Tremendous Bowl.
That reality, whatever the expertise San Francisco possesses on the offensive facet of the ball, is why many consider the Chiefs have the higher hand. However sportsbooks are pondering in any other case by a slight margin.