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Super 55: Brady Won’t Be Able to Keep Pace with Mahomes

February 6th, 2021 · No Comments · Football, NFL

The National Football League’s Super Bowl is not a big deal in France. That may be mostly because the game kicks off at about 12.30 a.m. (technically, Monday morning) in Central European time. For people with jobs that begin before noon, it’s rough because dawn is about to break when the typical SB ends.

(I hope to get a little sleep before kickoff, then join the CBS broadcast, with a goal of sticking it out till the end.)

Which brings us to Super Bowl 55, to be played tomorrow in Tampa, Florida. The Kansas City Chiefs versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I see only one story line, and that is this:

The best young quarterback (Patrick Mahomes, 25) will defeat the best old quarterback (Tom Brady, 43).

Go over the teams, player by player, and we can take a stab at how they will perform. Both teams are pretty good.

But Rams fans, in particular, know where the difference will be found in this game.

At quarterback, where Mahomes will make a half-dozen big plays thanks to his legs and his guile, as well as his arm.

The Rams for four-plus seasons had a QB who was about as mobile as the Statue of Liberty and equally as nimble. That would be Jared Goff, recently traded.

Mahomes, meanwhile, is almost blitz-proof, because of his speed and elusiveness. Getting him on the ground, and getting the Chiefs offense off the field is a hell of an ask, and I don’t see the the Bucs managing to do that more than a couple of times.

However many points the Chiefs need to win … Mahomes will make sure they get that many. Even if it comes down to the final minutes.

Brady has surprised many of us with his season, at age 43. We kept hearing chatter about his arm strength being gone, and how he is reduced to a middle-of-the field thrower, but he has been generally competent.

Brady, however, is not the key, doing his impression of a veteran pocket-passer. This is about Mahomes in the open field, ghosting past defenders, doing whatever is necessary to see that the guys in red and white win the Super Bowl again.

The point spread is Chiefs by 3.0 points. That sounds about right. It could be that close. But there is only one winner, Patrick Mahomes’s team.


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