Admittedly there will be a good share of sentimental betting on the Kansas City Chiefs. For the first time in 50 years, the Chiefs have returned to the Super Bowl. Of course, they are best remembered for playing in the first and fourth Super Bowl games. Additionally, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has the most wins of any coach that lacks a Super Bowl title. Reid is highly popular in the coaching and scouting community. By contrast, the San Francisco 49ers have posted five Super Bowl betting wins. Their last Super Sunday appearance was in 2012.
Super Bowl LIV: Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers
|Date and Time:||Sunday, February 2, 2020, 6:30 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida|
|Chiefs vs. 49ers TV Coverage:||FOX|
Super Bowl LIV Betting Odds Analysis
Kansas City opened as a one-point sportsbook favorite for Super Bowl LIV. First, the 49ers are something of a surprise team. After years of floundering with losing records, they exploded to success for 2019. Second, Kansas City is well respected by the gambling public. Consider the Chiefs have made the playoffs six of the past seven years. And nearly won the AFC Championship one season ago. KC will also boast the best player on the field. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was the 2018 NFL Most Valuable Player. Kansas City’s 50-year break between Super Sundays will draw some sentimental wagering too.
Kansas City’s Andy Reid has been an NFL head coach since 1999. At the beginning of his career was a stint with Philadelphia from 1999-2012. He led the Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX where they suffered a heartbreaking 24-21 loss to New England. Subsequently, Reid became the coach of the Chiefs in 2013. He has led KC to the playoffs in six of his seven years.
By contrast, this is Kyle Shanahan’s first head coaching gig. He took over a mess of a 49ers franchise in 2017. Shanahan is the son of former two-time Super Bowl betting champion head coach Mike Shanahan. Kyle earned his bones as a highly successful offensive coordinator from 2008 through 2016.
Contrast in Styles
Kansas City’s offense can resemble a force of nature. Namely, Mahomes makes the Chiefs the NFL’s most dynamic team. The best example of Mahomes and KC’s offensive ability comes from the AFC Divisional Playoffs. To be exact the Chiefs fell behind to Houston 24-0 early in the second quarter. KC rallied to score the game’s next 41 points to win 51-31. Counter to that is a San Francisco team that plays an old-school version of power football. Specifically, a power run game and stout defense made the 49ers NFC champions.
Kansas City is a freewheeling team that is never out of a game. Patrick Mahomes is a tremendous leader that never lets his team relent. San Francisco uses quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is a machine-like game manager that makes few mistakes. As a result, the 49ers will want to use ball control and keep Mahomes off the field. Meanwhile, the Chiefs will look to attack early and often throughout the day. In conclusion, this is the ultimate matchup of new football vs. old football. It may come down to Mahomes. On the whole, he will be the best player on the field.
Chiefs vs. 49ers NFL Betting Pick: Kansas City Chiefs