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3 Keys to Chiefs Winning Super Bowl 55

Max Staley
Three keys to the Kansas City Chiefs beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.
Three keys to the Kansas City Chiefs beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV. / Peter Aiken/Getty Images
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The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to do what no team has done since the 2004-05 New England Patriots: win back-to-back Super Bowl championships. But to do that, they'll need to go through the man who got New England those titles – Tom Brady.

Sitting as 3-point favorites, per FanDuel Sportsbook, the oddsmakers expect the Chiefs to win this game. Even so, in order to make history, the Chiefs will still need a few crucial things to break their way. Here are three keys to Kansas City knocking off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.

Chiefs vs Buccaneers Super Bowl

3. Get Tyreek Hill the Ball

Tyreek Hill needs to have a big game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.
Tyreek Hill needs to have a big game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV. / Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Tyreek Hill isn't the Chiefs' most consistent skill-position player. That honor belongs to Travis Kelce. But Hill is undeniably their scariest weapon. His unrivaled speed (regardless of what Scotty Miller would have you believe) forces NFL defenses to adjust their coverage the way NBA defenders have to account for Stephen Curry. That said, Hill does have a tendency to disappear at times. In the regular season, the Cheetah had nine games with 5 or fewer receptions. Kelce had only three such outings. At this point, Kelce having a monster game feels like a given. But this offense is obviously at its best when both of those guys are putting up numbers. The Chiefs are undefeated (2-0) in the playoffs when these two both have 100-plus receiving yards, and their last postseason loss came when Hill was limited to 42 yards on just 1 reception. Hill had 269 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns when he faced the Bucs in Week 12, and KC might need a similar showing from him to escape Tampa with a win.

2. Protect Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City's banged up offensive line needs to protect Patrick Mahomes in Super Bowl LV.
Kansas City's banged up offensive line needs to protect Patrick Mahomes in Super Bowl LV. / Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

Protecting Patrick Mahomes against the Buccaneers' fearsome pass-rushing unit was always going to be difficult. Tampa Bay ranks No. 3 in pressure rate (27.9%) and generated the fourth-most sacks in the league this season (48). But that task has gotten a whole lot tougher now that Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz will be on the sidelines. With backups and linemen playing out of position against the likes of Shaquille Barrett, Jason Pierre-Paul and Vita Vea, the Chiefs can't afford to let the Bucs' D-Line dominate this game in the trenches.

1. Pressure Tom Brady & Generate Turnovers

The Chiefs need to pressure Tom Brady in Super Bowl LV.
The Chiefs need to pressure Tom Brady in Super Bowl LV. / Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The book on beating Tom Brady in 2021 is the same as it was in 2001: generate pressure. When operating from a clean pocket in 2020, Brady put up top-two marks among all QBs in passing yards and passing TDs, also finishing with the league's seventh-best passer rating, per PFF. When pressured, however, that passer rating fell to 54.5, putting Brady at No. 21 in the NFL – one spot behind Sam Darnold. In fact, Tampa Bay is undefeated (5-0) this season when Brady hasn't been sacked. Kansas City needs to make him uncomfortable. The brunt of that burden will fall on superstar DT Chris Jones, who gets a plus matchup with backup RG Aaron Stinnie. That might be the most important matchup of the game. Because if Jones and Frank Clark can generate pressure, that often leads to mistakes from TB12. He tossed 5 INTs when pressured in 2020 (T-No. 9 in the NFL). The Bucs are 4-4 when Brady has been picked, compared to 10-1 when he avoids an INT. And that lone loss was a game in which Brady was sacked 3 times. The Chiefs can't allow Brady to play a mistake-free game from a clean pocket.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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