Previewing the 2020-2021 Superbowl


Alexzander (AJ) Braaten, Reporter

The Superbowl is a sports event like none other, with millions of viewers and hundreds of thousands attending live (most years). Unlike other sports that have a series of games for their championship game, the NFL championship is one game, 4 quarters to crown a champion. This year’s superbowl will very likely break records for online viewership for a multitude of reasons, one of the main ones being the two teams competing: the red-hot Kansas City Chiefs try to win their second SuperBowl in a row and the up-and-coming Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a star QB who is no stranger to playing in the big game. This SuperBowl will hopefully end with fireworks as the two best teams in the league meet to re-write their names in the history books.

SuperBowl LV (55) will take place on February 7th, in Tampa Bay, Florida. This will be the first time in NFL history that a team will play in their home stadium, even if they will only have an audience 0f 22,000 due to COVID regulations. This means that even more fans will turn to broadcasts, possibly even breaking the record viewership that was set during SuperBowl XLV, which averaged a mid-boggeling 111 Million viewers and is the most watched television event in American history. This SuperBowl might beat that because of the inconvienence of in-person attendance and the popularity of the two teams competing.

From the AFC we have the Kansas City Chiefs, who held the best record in the league at 14-2. Led by 25 year-old Patrick Mahomes II who, despite being so young has already achieved greatness in the league, with a SuperBowl MVP performance in the teams previous outing… which just so happened to be last season. He also has won the award for NFL MVP in the 2018 season, which was also his first season as a starter. He leads an offense with an overabundance of weapons in their receiving core that can seemingly score at will with Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman, and Demarcus Robinson at Wide Receiver, not to mention their receiving threat Tight End, Travis Kelce. Their ground game isn’t really the focus when they play, but their Running-Back duo of Clide-Edwards-Helaire and former Steeler standout Le’Veon Bell can always be counted on for some good yards. This unit, held together by a sturdy offensive line gained a league-leading 6,653 total offensive yards. That’s 920 yards more than they gave up as their defense had a great season as well, just an overshadowed one due to thier Highlight-Reel offense. Their whole defense played a role in their fantastic season but 3 players in particular; Chris Jones, Frank Clark and Tyrann Mathieu all were nominated to the pro-bowl team. This Chiefs team is scary good, and hungry to go down as the first back-to-back SuperBowl champions since the Tom Brady led New England Patriots in 03′ & 04′, and speaking of Brady…

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the #5 seed in the NFC heading into the playoffs, but they didn’t let that discourage them, as they were being led by the GOAT. Tom Brady is the most accomplished Quarterback in NFL history, there’s just no other way to put it. Brady was a 6th round draft pick in 2000 who just like Mahomes took over in his second season and dominated; he has racked up 6 SuperBowl rings, 4 SuperBowl MVP awards, 3 NFL MVP awards and has the lead in almost every noteworthy career statistic for a QuarterBack. He moved to Tampa in 2019, leaving the dynasty he built in New England only to try to run it back with a new team. He leads an offense similar to the Chiefs in explosiveness and big-play ability, with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller and anoter former Steeler standout, Antonio Brown. They also have a solid trio of Backs as Ronald Jones II Leanord Fournette and LeSean McCoy have all been #1 Running Backs at one point. Their defense was a bit higher ranking than their SuperBowl opponents but they only have 1 Pro Bowler, their veteran edge rusher, Jason Pierre-Paul. The team wants to win their second ever SuperBowl after a dominant win in 2003.

These teams are both fantastic and could very easily win the big game if a few things go their way. Kansas City needs to shut down Tom Brady and let their Defensive-Line clean up the running game. Tampa Bay will need to find a way to stop the air raid and find a way to win the turnover battle. Will Tom Brady make history agan and end up with more SuperBowl rings than any other franchise has SuperBowl wins or will Mahomes come out and further prove himself as the heir apparent and next big dynasty QB once Brady retires? Only time will tell, but expect to see a shootout in this one.