Now that Pro Bowl weekend is finished, all eyes are on the Super Bowl.
One of the main storylines heading into the game is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tom Brady versus the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, however, there’s more to the game than player matchups.
Betting is one of the most popular parts about the Super Bowl.
With Super Bowl LV being less than a week away, it’s important to keep up with all the latest information if you’re going to be wagering on the game.
Are there any last-minute injuries changes? Have the betting odds changed since the last time you’ve looked?
Continue reading to find out the answers to those questions.
Super Bowl 55 Betting Odds
The odds around Super Bowl 55 have changed a bit since they were first revealed.
Originally, Bovada had the Chiefs’ point spread at -3.5, but it has since dropped to -3.0. The Chiefs’ point spread odds remain at -120, while the Buccaneers is also still at EVEN.
Bovada was also listing the over/under for Super Bowl LV at 56, but now it has been increased by a little to 56.5.
If you were planning on using BetOnline, their Super Bowl bets haven’t changed too much. The only real difference is that the Chiefs’ moneyline has changed from -165 to -168, while the Buccaneers has changed from +145 to +148.
Other than that, the odds should hover around the same spots barring any major injuries before Super Bowl LV.
Buccaneers Injury Report
Heading into Super Bowl 55, it looks like the Buccaneers may be without some players come Sunday.
On defence, the Buccaneers have three impact players who are dealing with injury:
- OLB Lavonte David (hamstring)
- S Jordan Whitehead (knee, shoulder)
- S Antoine Winfield (ankle)
Out of those three players, David and Winfield are questionable, so there’s at least a decent chance that they could end up playing.
However, Whitehead is doubtful for the game with knee and shoulder injuries. Should he or any of the other mentioned players miss Super Bowl LV, the Buccaneers may have a hard time stopping Mahomes and company.
Buccaneers’ WR Antonio Brown is also doubtful with a knee injury. He was starting to play like his old self in recent games before his injury and, even when he wasn’t, he was taking pressure off of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Chiefs Injury Report
The Chiefs’ injury report heading into the game is looking a bit bigger than the Buccaneers’.
The biggest injury came to T Eric Fisher in the AFC Championship game, where he suffered a season-ending Achilles injury that has ruled him out for the Super Bowl. The Chiefs may be in trouble as they’re 27-1 in the last two years with him in the lineup and 4-4 without him.
Fisher’s injury could affect rushing-related prop bets concerning the Chiefs as the Buccaneers allowed 81.4 rushing yards per game this season — the lowest in the league.
LB Willie Gay has also been ruled out for Super Bowl 55.
While the Chiefs don’t have any doubtful players, they do have four questionable players:
- RB Le’Veon Bell (knee)
- CB Rashad Fenton (foot)
- CB L’Jerius Snead (concussion)
- WR Sammy Watkins (calf)
Without Bell in the lineup, the duty falls on rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams. That duo only put up 59 rushing yards against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship game, so Bell’s return would be welcomed.
Meanwhile, Watkins last played in Week 16 and his been nursing a calf injury since then. His return would help the Chiefs’ passing game, but they still do have big-time threats like WR Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce.
Whether or not Watkins plays should affect receiving-related prop bets, as the Chiefs are averaging 285.7 receiving yards per game over their last three games — fifth in the NFL in that timespan.