From players to pedigree, Chiefs edge on Bucs in all aspects

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Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid and Quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) look on during NFL football practice Wednesday February 2, 2021 in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55. (Steve Sanders/Kansas City Chiefs via AP)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Patrick Mahomes has surpassed Tom Brady as the NFL’s best quarterback.

Tyreek Hill is superior to Mike Evans at wide receiver.

Travis Kelce against Rob Gronkowski is no longer the contest it might have been five years ago.

Based on offense alone, the Kansas City Chiefs are head and shoulders better than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That's not the only reason why they will win their second consecutive Super Bowl on Sunday.

Directing all that talent is the league's most brilliant offensive mind in Andy Reid, helped along by arguably its premier offensive coordinator in Eric Bieniemy. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has proven to be the kryptonite to Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady in the big game. Even the Chiefs' special teams are more special.

“We've had everybody's best shots, all shots thrown at us — guys throwing cheap shots, guys wanting to fight us,” Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins said. “We've been taking on the world. That's what makes us who we are. I think that's what makes us the best team in the world.”

Within each of those reasons are yet more reasons why the Chiefs are 3 1-2 point favorites over the Buccaneers at the sports books, and why the majority of money from the betting public has been landing on Kansas City.

Mahomes, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, has only gotten better since last season. That was evident in a Week 12 win over the Buccaneers, when he shredded their vaunted defensive front and aggressive blitzing scheme. Mahomes finished with 462 yards passing and three touchdowns without an interception in the 27-24 victory.