With two weeks left to play in the NFL regular season it’s time to make some bold, and not so bold, predictions ahead of the playoffs.
The Chiefs won’t win Super Bowl LV
The Kansas City Chiefs are a ridiculous football team. Patrick Mahomes is a wizard. But, despite being $2.70 favourites, history is still against them. Only seven teams have won back-to-back Super Bowls in the last 54 years. The New England Patriots were the last to do it way back in 2003-04.
The Chiefs are winning, but not winning all that well every week. Cruising? That would be a dangerous approach with the playoffs just two weeks away. Injuries are starting to creep in too.
With the Packers coming good at the right time, the Saints looking to fire up and fly into the post-season, the Bills surging into 2021, and Tom Brady still in the picture, the Chiefs have plenty of competition.
MVP: Aaron Rodgers
The bold call came three weeks ago with Aaron Rodgers at $5.50 to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award.
Having been swept aside for the assumed winner, Patrick Mahomes, Rodgers wasn’t mentioned in the conversation as much as he should have been. More recently, he has been leading it.
While Rodgers was kept to a season-low 143 yards and sacked five times in Week 15, he first led the Green Bay Packers to touchdowns on their first three possessions, setting the table for a 24-16 win over the Carolina Panthers. Importantly, he again went without an interception to keep his season total at just four.
Matt LaFleur said without a doubt in his mind that Aaron Rodgers should be the frontrunner for MVP. #Packers
— Lily Zhao (@LilySZhao) December 14, 2020
Tom Brady has another one of ‘those’ games in him
You know the sort of game we’re talking about.
Yeah, those ones.
Tom Brady hasn’t been his best this season. To be fair, nobody expected him to be at 43-years-old. Still, in throwing for 390 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15, Brady orchestrated another comeback win (from 17-0 down) to beat the Atlanta Falcons. While Brady was wearing a Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey this time, it brought back nightmares of Super Bowl LI when the same man – in a New England Patriots jersey – pulled his team back from 28-3 behind.
#GoBucs WR Chris Godwin on Tom Brady leading a comeback at Atlanta: "There's no one else you'd want to lead that charge.''
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) December 22, 2020
It also gave us an idea of what might happen come playoff time. Brady has still got it in big moments. The biggest moments of the NFL season are just around the corner. Get ready for another famous Brady post-season performance.
The Buccaneers are on the fifth line of betting to win the NFC at $7.50.
Steelers: They’re Done
Claiming a team that has lost three games in a row as done doesn’t seem bold, but it was only three weeks ago that the Pittsburgh Steelers were 11-0 and on the second line of betting in the Super Bowl LV market at $6.50.
Some still have faith in the Steelers. They have time to right their wrongs and recapture their early-season form. However, like clockwork, Ben Roethlisberger is talking injuries. He has a habit of pulling up lame after poor plays or performances, so whether he isn’t 100% or excusing away their horror loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, remains to be seen.
Coach Tomlin said the #Steelers could potentially get Kevin Dotson (shoulder), James Conner (quad), and Vince Williams (Covid-19 List) back for Sunday vs. the Colts.
— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) December 22, 2020
But Torrey Smith called the Steelers “the worst undefeated team in this history of football” while they were 11-0.
It looks like Smith might have been onto something. Now out to $20 in the Super Bowl LV market, the Steelers hopes of an unlikely ring are gone.