Super Bowl Odds: GAME ANALYSIS
Hill and Kelce Dissecting the Bucs’ Secondary
We can’t always talk about the greatness of Patrick Mahomes without his superstar teammates – Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Hill and Kelce are just as explosive as Mahomes at punishing defenses and they have these great skill sets to prove it.
Hill uses his superhuman speed and great jukes to leave defenders in their wake. Kelce, meanwhile, displays great footwork and strength to barrel his way past multiple defensive walls. This postseason, Hill has amassed to 282 receiving yards, and Kelce has 225 yards and 3 touchdowns. By all accounts, Hill and Kelce have been very efficient and are expected to bring their A-game up a notch.
Hill and Kelce will still need to do something about dealing with cornerbacks Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting. Davis and Murphy-Bunting like to use their length and good hands to limit receivers for short gains. In order for Hill to evade either Davis or Murphy-Bunting, he will use a combination of jukes and spin moves to break the ankles of his assignment. If Kelce has the football, he may need multiple blockers to go for 1st down opportunities.
Denying the Brady Bombs
For the Kansas City Chiefs, shutting down the passing game is one thing. Disrupting Brady’s long-range bombs, however, is definitely a whole different story. And Brady has proven he still has the ability to throw those types of passes during this brilliant playoff run.
Brady is letting the ball rip from beyond 20 yards to the point of exploiting teams’ weak zone defenses. Brady uses his good passing IQ and strong arm to mesmerize the D and hitting his receivers for touchdown drives. In 3 playoff games with Tampa Bay, Brady has thrown for 860 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Kansas City will definitely rely on Charvarius Ward and Bashard Breeland to deny Brady’s deep ball attempts. As soon as Brady finds his open receiver, Breeland and (or) Ward will use their quickness and length to break up passes or go up for pass interceptions.
Chiefs Containing Bucs’ Run Game
The one main factor the Chiefs need to do well in the Super Bowl is defending the run game. For years this has always been something of a weakness for the Kansas City Chiefs. And them facing the running back tandem of Ronald Jones II and Leonard Fournette is something they look forward to in stepping up to the challenge.
Jones and Fournette have found numerous ways to run past opposing teams’ defensive coverages. They use a combination of speed, good route running, and a some help from their teammates’ great blocking to get them better yardage. The Jones-Fournette duo have a combined tally of 391 total yards and 3 touchdowns between them.
The Chiefs have to tighten up their defensive formation with Daniel Sorensen, Derrick Nnadi, and Frank Clark leading the charge. The trio are likely to form a wall on Jones or Fournette to make them go the long way round so that either one of them won’t be given any daylight in picking up big gains.
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