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Super Bowl 55 predictions: PFF analysts picks winner, MVP and more

Jan 24, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs the ball in the AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Super Bowl 55 is finally upon us, with the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in place for Act 2 of the performance they started back in Week 12. Only this time, the scene is set at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Ahead of kickoff, we asked some of PFF's analysts and writers to make their predictions for the biggest game of the season. Fifteen of our experts weighed in on the winner, the final score, the MVP winner, their favorite prop bets and much more. Here is how they picked.

Editor's note: Get ready for Super Bowl 55 by reading everything you need to know about Chiefs-Buccaneers. From pre-game analysis to best prop bets to optimal DFS lineups, keep up with all of PFF's coverage of Super Bowl 55 right here.

SUPER BOWL 55 PREDICTION

Andrew EricksonKansas City Chiefs 34, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28

Anthony Treash: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34, Kansas City Chiefs 27

Austin GayleKansas City Chiefs 38, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27

Ben BrownKansas City Chiefs 35, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31

Ben LinseyKansas City Chiefs 33, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27

Brad SpielbergerKansas City Chiefs 34, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23

Eric EagerKansas City Chiefs 38, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24

Ian HartitzKansas City Chiefs 31, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21

Jarad EvansKansas City Chiefs 34, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27

Kevin ColeKansas City Chiefs 30, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26

Nathan JahnkeKansas City Chiefs 31, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27

Sam Monson: Kansas City Chiefs 35, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27

Seth Galina: Kansas City Chiefs 37, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31

Steve Palazzolo: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31, Kansas City Chiefs 27

Timo Riske: Kansas City Chiefs 20, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17

Picks for Kansas City: 13
Picks for Tampa Bay: 2

Under/Over 56

Andrew EricksonOver

Anthony TreashOver

Austin Gayle: Over

Ben BrownOver

Ben LinseyOver

Brad Spielberger: Over

Eric Eager: Over

Ian Hartitz: Under

Jarad Evans: Over

Kevin Cole: Push

Nathan Jahnke: Over

Sam Monson: Over

Seth Galina: Over

Steve Palazzolo: Over

Timo Riske: Under

Picks for over: 12
Picks for under: 2
Picks for push: 1

Pick for SUPER BOWL 55 MVP

Andrew Erickson: QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Anthony Treash: QB Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Austin GayleTE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Ben Brown: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Ben Linsey: QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Brad SpielbergerS Tyrann Mathieu, Kansas City Chiefs

Eric Eager: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Ian Hartitz: QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Jarad Evans: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Kevin Cole: QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Nathan JahnkeTE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Sam MonsonQB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Seth Galina: TE Antony Auclair, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Steve Palazzolo: QB Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Timo RiskeS Tyrann Mathieu, Kansas City Chiefs

Picks for Mahomes: 5
Picks for Brady: 2
Picks for Kelce: 5
Picks for Mathieu: 2
Picks for other: 1

First scorer

Andrew EricksonWR Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Anthony TreashWR Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs

Austin Gayle: RB Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ben BrownWR Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ben LinseyWR Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brad Spielberger: RB Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Eric EagerQB Patrick Mahomes (rush), Kansas City Chiefs

Ian Hartitz: QB Patrick Mahomes (rush), Kansas City Chiefs

Jarad EvansTE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Kevin ColeWR Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Nathan JahnkeTE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Sam MonsonTE Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Seth GalinaTE Antony Auclair, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Steve PalazzoloRB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

Timo RiskeK Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs

Picks for Kansas City: 7
Picks for Tampa Bay: 8

Receiving yards leader

Andrew Erickson: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Anthony Treash: WR Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Austin Gayle: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Ben Brown: WR Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ben Linsey: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Brad Spielberger: WR Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Eric Eager: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Ian Hartitz: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Jarad Evans: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Kevin Cole: WR Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs

Nathan Jahnke: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Sam Monson: WR Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Seth Galina: TE Antony Auclair, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Steve Palazzolo: WR Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Timo Riske: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Picks for Kelce: 8
Picks for Godwin: 3
Picks for Evans: 2
Picks for other: 2

Rushing yards leader

Andrew Erickson: RB Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Anthony Treash: RB Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Austin Gayle: RB Darrel Williams, Kansas City Chiefs

Ben Brown: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

Ben Linsey: RB Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brad Spielberger: RB Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Eric Eager: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

Ian Hartitz: RB Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jarad Evans: RB Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Kevin Cole: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

Nathan Jahnke: RB Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sam Monson: RB Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Seth Galina: RB Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Steve Palazzolo: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

Timo Riske: RB Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Picks for Fournette: 6
Picks for Edwards-Helaire: 4
Picks for Jones: 4
Picks for other: 1

Under-the-radar player to watch

Andrew Erickson: WR Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs

Anthony Treash: WR Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Austin Gayle: RB Darrel Williams, Kansas City Chiefs

Ben Brown: RB Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ben Linsey: S Juan Thornhill, Kansas City Chiefs

Brad Spielberger: CB Rashad Fenton, Kansas City Chiefs

Eric Eager: DI Derrick Nnadi, Kansas City Chiefs

Ian Hartitz: WR Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs

Jarad Evans: WR Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Kevin Cole: WR Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs

Nathan Jahnke: WR Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs

Sam Monson: CB Jamel Dean, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Seth Galina: S Daniel Sorensen, Kansas City Chiefs

Steve Palazzolo: CB Sean Murphy-Bunting, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Timo Riske: CB Jamel Dean, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Picks for Kansas City: 9
Picks for Tampa Bay: 6

Rookie standout

Andrew Erickson: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

Anthony Treash: T Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Austin Gayle: T Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ben Brown: S Antoine Winfield Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ben Linsey: T Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brad Spielberger: T Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Eric Eager: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

Ian Hartitz: WR Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jarad Evans: CB L'Jarius Sneed, Kansas City Chiefs

Kevin Cole: CB L'Jarius Sneed, Kansas City Chiefs

Nathan Jahnke: WR Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sam Monson: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

Seth Galina: T Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Steve Palazzolo: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

Timo Riske: T Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Picks for Wirfs: 6
Picks for Edwards-Helaire: 4
Picks for Sneed: 2
Picks for Johnson: 2
Picks for Winfield: 1

Highest-graded offensive player

Andrew Erickson: WR Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs

Anthony Treash: QB Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Austin Gayle: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Ben Brown: WR Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ben Linsey: QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Brad Spielberger: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Eric Eager: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Ian Hartitz: QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Jarad Evans: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Kevin Cole: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Nathan Jahnke: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Sam Monson: QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Seth Galina: QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Steve Palazzolo: WR Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Timo Riske: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Picks for Kansas City: 12
Picks for Tampa Bay: 3

Highest-graded defensive player

Andrew Erickson:Jordan Whitehead, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Anthony Treash: DI Vita Vea, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Austin Gayle: Edge Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ben Brown: Edge Jason Pierre-Paul, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ben Linsey: DI Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs

Brad Spielberger: DI Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs

Eric Eager: DI Vita Vea, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ian Hartitz: DI Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs

Jarad Evans: S Tyrann Mathieu, Kansas City Chiefs

Kevin Cole: DI Vita Vea, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Nathan Jahnke: DI Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs

Sam Monson: DI Vita Vea, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Seth Galina: DI Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs

Steve Palazzolo: DI Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs

Timo Riske: S Tyrann Mathieu, Kansas City Chiefs

Picks for Kansas City: 8
Picks for Tampa Bay: 7

favorite prop

Andrew Erickson: Rob Gronkowski anytime touchdown (+225)

Anthony Treash: Mike Evans 2 or more TDs (+700)

Austin Gayle: Travis Kelce over 7.5 rec (-135)

Ben Brown: Chris Godwin first to Score (+1200)

Ben Linsey: Mike Evans first to score (+900)

Brad Spielberger: Travis Kelce over 7.5 rec (-135)

Eric Eager: First score Tampa Bay field goal (+425)

Ian Hartitz: National anthem under 1:59 (-125)

Jarad Evans: Chris Godwin over 77.5 receiving yards (+115)

Kevin Cole: Travis Kelce over 7.5 rec (+130)

Nathan Jahnke: Sammy Watkins over 36.5 yards (-106)

Sam Monson: Tom Brady over 0.5 rushing yards (+140)

Seth Galina: Seth Galina over 1.5 naps

Steve Palazzolo: Tom Brady over 295.5 passing yards (-118)

Timo Riske: Tom Brady under 295.5 passing yards (-106)

 


Bold prediction

Andrew Erickson: Clyde Edwards-Helaire scores two touchdowns.

Anthony Treash: Tampa Bay goes down 14-0 then outscores Kansas City 34-13 the rest of the way. Brady throws for 350-plus, 3 TDs, 0 INT.

Austin Gayle: Patrick Mahomes commits three turnovers.

Ben Brown: The Chiefs go over their total line in every quarter.

Ben Linsey: The game ends with a Chiefs goal-line stand.

Brad Spielberger: Chiefs come back from down two scores.

Eric Eager: Bruce Arians will go for more fourth downs than usual but will run the ball on early downs as much as usual.

Ian Hartitz: Tyreek Hill records fewer than 50 receiving yards.

Jarad Evans: Travis Kelce catches the game-winning TD with 30 seconds left.

Kevin Cole: Tom Brady throws a pick-six at some point.

Nathan Jahnke: Sammy Watkins has more receiving yards than Tyreek Hill.

Sam Monson: Neither QB throws an interception.

Seth Galina: The game goes to overtime; both teams hit field goals and the Chiefs win on a Hail Mary.

Steve Palazzolo: Patrick Mahomes throws two interceptions.

Timo Riske: Tyreek Hill doesn't record 200 yards in the first quarter.


 

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