Chiefs tied with Buccaneers as Super Bowl favorites after OT win against Chargers

Is the 2021 NFL season heading towards a Super Bowl 55 rematch? The bookies seem to think that it is a probable outcome.

Following the Chiefs’ 34-28 overtime victory over the Chargers on “Thursday Night Football,” FanDuel Sportsbook has included Kansas City as a co-favorite to win the Super Bowl with the reigning champions Buccaneers at +500 odds. That would mean that a bettor placing a $ 100 bet on the Chiefs or Buccaneers would make a profit of $ 500.

This season has seen Kansas City turn what was a slow start and turn it into another dominant year. The Chiefs started the year 3-4 after its first seven weeks, but have since won seven straight games to jump to 10-4, tied for the most wins in the NFL before the game took place. most of Week 15.

Before week 8, Five thirty eight It gave the Chiefs just a 43 percent chance of making the playoffs, and just a 2 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl. They now have a more than 99 percent chance of making the playoffs and have an 18 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl, one behind the Buccaneers, who are 19 percent.

An important part of the Chiefs’ turnaround has been their defense. Although the first seven weeks, Kansas City had allowed 203 points, the fourth most in the NFL. He had allowed fewer than 27 points in a single game and had allowed at least 30 in four of the seven games.

Since then, the Chiefs have held up opposing offenses to single-digit point totals in four of their seven games, and entering the showdown against the Chargers, they had allowed the second fewest points in the NFL since Weeks 8. at 14.

And, of course, Mahomes has reduced his turnovers. During the first seven games, he had a 67.5 completion percentage, 2,093 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Since then, he has only four interceptions with 12 touchdown passes, 1,959 passing yards and a 63.6 completion percentage.

If the Chiefs make it to the Super Bowl again, they would be the third team to reach the championship in three consecutive years, joining the Patriots (2016-18), the Bills (1990-93) and the Dolphins (1971-73). If they meet the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl, it would be only the second time the Super Bowl has featured the same teams in consecutive years, as the Cowboys beat the Bills in consecutive Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993.