Super Bowl LIV will undoubtedly go down as one of the most thrilling and dramatic finales we’ve ever seen to an NFL season. The Kansas City Chiefs’ late heroics against the 49ers saw them achieve a historic victory.
However, with the new season already underway, that thrilling spectacle in the Hard Rock Stadium has now become a distant memory. Football fans are already looking forward to Super Bowl LV, and it’s a great time to analyze the chances of teams who’re being billed as early favorites for February’s big event in Tampa?
Will the Chiefs become the first team to successfully defend their NFL crown in fifteen years, or will they be knocked off their perch?
Redemption for the 49ers?
The crushing defeat in last season’s finale was a hard one to take for the 49ers’ young squad. And, it’s too early to say if it inflicted any lasting damage on the team’s morale.
Nevertheless, it’s safe to say that the 49ers possess one of the youngest and most dynamic rosters in the NFL—a team easily good enough to make a fresh attempt at the Super Bowl. However, San Francisco will find it a bit tougher this time. They’ve lost one of their big names, DeForest Buckner, to the Colts, and the likes of the Rams and the Cardinals have strengthened considerably in the off-season.
Will the Chiefs Make it Two In a Row?
This season, the Chiefs not only have the league’s best QB but now also know how to get the job done. The team has now experienced what it feels like to be champions and will push to the last second in every game to defend their crown.
Moreover, what was already a formidable team has strengthened even more with the off-season acquisitions of Mike Danna in defense and Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the offense.
The Other Dark Horses
The other teams in the running this year include the Baltimore Ravens, who have the incredibly-talented Lamar Jackson, who finished last season’s MVP. The Raven’s string year last season was brought to an abrupt and unexpected halt by the Titans. The team would have learned from that defeat and are expected to mount an even stronger challenge this year.
Other contenders include the Browns and the Saints—who may squeeze one last great season from all-time great, Drew Brees.