We have reached the biggest game of the year!
Super Bowl LV kicks off at 6:30 PM on Sunday, February 7th. The defending champion Kansas City Chiefs travel to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, where the Buccaneers will be the first team ever to play in the Super Bowl on their home field.
As we have done all postseason, members of The Turf writers room are picking who they think will walk away with the Lombardi Trophy. As an added challenge, each “expert” picked who they believe will be named MVP of the big game.
Six panelists believe the Chiefs will defend their crown. One of them is Katie Pierce, who has wrapped up at least a share of first place by picking Tampa Bay correctly last weekend. Andrew Mark Wilhelm can tie Katie at 9-4 for the postseason if Tampa Bay wins on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Matt Branigan was the only member of our team who nailed both picks on championship weekend.
As far as MVP’s go, the majority of writers went with quarterbacks. That’s a wise choice given that quarterbacks have won three of the last four MVP’s. That group includes both Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes.
Quarterbacks have won 30 of the 55 Super Bowl MVP awards, including four wins by Brady.
Mahomes is the odds-on favorite to win the award this year, with a -120 betting line. Brady, at +200, seems like a lock for the honor if Tampa Bay claims the Lombardi Trophy.
Nobody else is even close to a favorite for the MVP, with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce each next in line at +1000. Shaquil Barrett, Matt’s pick for MVP, comes in at +4500. Although he seems like the most likely non-offensive player to be in line for the award.
Who will take home the Lombardi Trophy? Who is named Super Bowl MVP? And which Turf writers will have their picks turn out right?
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