The Chiefs will open as favorites over the Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55.
The Super Bowl 55 matchup is set and it should be epic as Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady face off for all the marbles in Tampa. These two teams met once in the regular season, with the Kansas City Chiefs prevailing 27-24 back in Week 12, and that matchup should inform some early gambling lines for the game.
FanDuel has released its opening lines for the Super Bowl and the Chiefs are favorites, laying three points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The over/under total has been set at 57.5 points and the Chiefs are favored on the money line as well, getting -186 odds there while the Buccaneers are +156 on the money line.
Those lines aren’t really a surprise since these two teams played a great game earlier in the season. The quarterback matchups between Mahomes and Brady have also been stellar in the past, which further heightens expectations that this Super Bowl could be an instant classic.
It will be interesting to see how these odds change over the course of two weeks with a couple of key factors that could influence the betting market. The Buccaneers are playing a de facto home game since the Super Bowl is at Raymond James Stadium, which could lead to some betting on Tampa Bay with an eye on them taking advantage of this unique situation.
Another thing to consider is the injury to Chiefs’ offensive lineman Eric Fisher, who hurt his achilles tendon late in the AFC Championship Game. Fisher’s status for the Super Bowl is in doubt and it would be a big blow for Kansas City as they look to contend with the Buccaneers’ lethal pass rush.
Green Bay was down left tackle David Bakhtiari in the NFC Championship Game and Tampa Bay capitalized, sacking Aaron Rodgers five times while generating plenty of pressure in the game. The Buccaneers’ pass rush could definitely encourage more bets on Tampa Bay if reports emerge that Fisher won’t play in the Super Bowl.
Regardless of what happens this game should be fantastic. Football fans are lucky to get such a stellar matchup to cap off a truly unusual season.