Super Bowl 50 Betting: Kansas City to Win it All
The Kansas City Chiefs have won the Super Bowl before — but it’s been 46 years since they knocked off the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, a win that legitimized the American Football League and paved the way for the merger between the two leagues. The Chiefs find themselves in the NFL betting postseason once again this year, but they have lost eight straight playoff games. Even so, there are some reasons why you should pick them to win Super Bowl 50 — let’s take a look.
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One reason why the Kansas City Chiefs turned a 1-5 start into an 11-5 finish has been a lockdown defense. During the 10 wins the Chiefs have stacked up, they have only permitted the opposition a total of 128 points — less than two touchdowns per game. Even though star linebacker Justin Houston went down to injury, the rest of the team has amped up the pressure, as seven different defenders have tallied four sacks or more on the year. Cornerback Marcus Peters has had an incredible rookie year, picking off eight passes and knocking down 26 other passes.
Alex Smith is Underrated
Through much of Alex Smith’s career as an NFL quarterback, he has been viewed as a “game manager.” That’s why the 49ers were willing to ship him to Kansas City in the first place, as they thought Colin Kaepernick gave them a better shot to be competitive (and they may have been right at the time, but I bet they wouldn’t mind having Smith on the roster right now). At this point, though, he has become a keystone in the Chiefs’ offense, playing some of the best football of his entire career. He has run for 437 yards this season, #4 in the league, behind Cam Newton, Russell Wilson and Tyrod Taylor. Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson told The Score, “I think it just allows us to spread the field a little bit and create some natural running lanes. And at the same time, if he’s not going to beat it with the run, he’ll beat it with the throw.”
It’s been four seasons since the Chiefs had a 1,000-yard wide receiver (Dwayne Bowe), but Jeremy Maclin has been a difference-maker this year. Not only did he pile up the yards, but he held onto the ball, dropping just one pass of the 120 that were thrown to him. When Alex Smith is throwing the ball to Maclin, his quarterback rating is a sparkling 108.8.
Respect the Streak
The Chiefs did not build that ten-game streak going through one of the soft divisions, such as the AFC South or the NFC East. The San Diego Chargers had a rough season, but the vast majority of their losses were by a score or less. The Oakland Raiders were tough on everyone, ending up at a much improved 7-9. Then there are the Broncos, who went 12-4 (but whom the Chiefs beat once — and up in Denver).