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

Is the 2021 NFL season headed towards a rematch of Super Bowl 55? Bookmakers appear to assume that could be a probably end result.

Following the Chiefs’ 34-28 additional time win against the Chargers on “Thursday Night Football,” FanDuel Sportsbook has listed Kansas City as a co-favorite to win the Super Bowl with the Buccaneers, the reigning champions, at +500 odds. That would imply {that a} bettor putting a $100 wager on the Chiefs or Buccaneers would internet a $500 revenue.

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This season has seen Kansas City flip round what was a sluggish begin and switch it into one more dominant yr. The Chiefs started the yr 3-4 after their first seven weeks, however have since received seven straight video games to vault as much as sit at 10-4, tied for essentially the most wins within the NFL earlier than the majority of Week 15 takes place.

Prior to Week 8, FiveThirtyEight gave the Chiefs only a 43 % probability to make the playoffs, and solely a 2 % probability to win the Super Bowl. They now have a better than 99 % probability to achieve the playoffs, and have an 18 % probability to win the Super Bowl, one behind the Buccaneers, who’re at 19 %.

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A serious a part of the Chiefs’ turnaround has been their protection. Though the primary seven weeks, Kansas City had allowed 203 factors, the fourth-most within the NFL. It had allowed fewer than 27 factors in only one sport, and had allowed not less than 30 in 4 of the seven video games.

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Since then, the Chiefs have held opposing offenses to single-digit level totals in 4 of their seven video games, and coming into the matchup against the Chargers, that they had allowed the second-fewest factors within the NFL from Weeks 8 by means of 14.

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And in fact, Mahomes has reduce down on his turnovers. Through the primary seven video games, he had a 67.5 completion proportion, 2,093 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Since then, he has simply 4 interceptions with 12 landing passes, 1,959 passing yards and a 63.6 completion proportion.

Should the Chiefs attain the Super Bowl once more, they might be the third staff to achieve the championship in three straight years, becoming a member of the Patriots (2016-18), the Bills (1990-93) and Dolphins (1971-73). If they face the Buccaneers within the Super Bowl, it might be simply the second time the Super Bowl has featured the identical groups in back-to-back years, with the Cowboys having crushed the Bills in back-to-back Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993.

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