While the dreams of 30 teams have been dashed, two teams remain alive to win Super Bowl LVIII: The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. The Chiefs are trying to do something that has not been done since 2004. They look to win back-to-back Super Bowls for the first time since the Tom Brady-led Patriots in 2003 and 2004. Meanwhile, the Niners look to vindicate their 2019 Super Bowl loss to…guess who? The Chiefs!
Super Bowl LVIII Preview
Let’s first peek at how the oddsmakers are leaning on the game. According to SportsLine/Jason La Canfora:
Spread: 49ers (-2)
Despite the fatigue of a 2019 repeat, this matchup is enchanted. Both defenses are considered top units. San Francisco may have the personnel to slow down the connection of Mahomes/Kelce: they allow on average 3.9 YAC (2nd) and give up 9.4 YPR to tight ends (7th). This is important because, well, Travis Kelce.
However, as of late the Niners’ defense has not been trending in the best direction. Since week 11 (Hufanga’s torn ACL coincidence?), the team has given up around 21 points per game whereas previously it was 15.7. The run defense is particularly where this corps seems to be lacking. Enter RB Isaiah Pacheco. I imagine he will have a large role in early down situations to free up Mahomes to make the big plays.
The other team in red has been getting hotter and hotter on the defensive side of the ball all season long. Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has crafted a masterful plan all year and most impressively shut down Lamar Jackson and a red-hot Baltimore team in the AFC Championship. Have they faced an offense like Kyle Shanahan’s? When you focus on covering Aiyuk, Samuel, and Kittle, you have the most talented running back in the league, Christian McCaffrey.
The Chiefs go into Goliath mode every postseason, but I have a feeling that Kyle Shanahan will design an infallible game plan with his elite offensive weapons. My final score prediction is San Francisco 30 Kansas City 24.
Now, let’s go on to some fun prop bets that are both football and entertainment-based:
–Super Bowl MVP: Christian McCaffrey
-Total Number of Turnovers: 2
-Number of coaching challenges: 2
The first song Usher performs: “Daddy’s Home” – I am a little bit shocked this one doesn’t even have odds at the moment. He has a residency in Las Vegas and it would be a fitting opening before an epic show.
-Color of Taylor Swift’s shirt at the event: I will go with white. She’s worn a lot of red lately and I think she changes it up. Maybe even some sequins!
-Color of Gatorade poured on winning coach: Blue