We’ve already looked at five players to watch during NFL 2020/21 season and now we move onto the teams. New England Patriots are usually among the favourites to emerge victorious from the Super Bowl but with the iconic Tom Brady moving onto pastures new, it will be fascinating to see how they cope. So who will win Super Bowl 2021?
Who will win Super Bowl 2021?
Chiefs the favourites
When asking who will win Super Bowl 2021, the Kansas City Chiefs are the obvious starting point.
They were head and shoulders the best team in the NFL last season and have been boosted by Patrick Mahomes signing a new 10 year deal worth £380m. He’ll be desperate to go one better than last season by winning the league MVP award.
On top of that, their roster hasn’t seen any substantial losses, whilst the arrival of running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire helps to strengthen an already frightening attack. All that said, retaining the Vince Lombardi trophy is no easy feat. The last side to do so was the Patriots back in 2005.
Could the Ravens soar highest?
If the Chiefs don’t tickle your fancy to win Super Bowl LV then it’s quite possible that the Baltimore Ravens do.
John Harbaugh’s men have a tremendous running game with the likes of Mark Ingram and second round pick J.K. Dobbins, who rushed over 2,000 yards for Ohio State last year, bringing a serious threat to the offence. Another feather in their cap could well be the new, bulkier Marquise Brown. The wide receiver has piled on 23lbs in the off-season with all of his gains part of a carefully tracked plan to maintain his rapid pace whilst adding muscle.
Of course, as much as it is a team game, pulling all the strings will be current MVP Lamar Jackson. If their key players can avoid injuries, the Ravens have a real chance of going all the way.
Are Green Bay capable of leading the way?
A lot of people might be surprised to see us feature the Packers in our ‘Who will win Super Bowl 2021?’ article, with some big players leaving Lambeau Field, namely Blake Martinez and Bryan Bulaga. That means a lot of eyes will fall on their replacements, Rick Wagner and Christian Kirksey, who arrived from the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns respectively.
Both have battled injuries in recent seasons so there will be plenty of fingers crossed that the pair can remain healthy in the campaign ahead. Don’t forget, the Packers also have the reliable arm of Aaron Rodgers. After a wobble in 2018 under Mike McCarthy, he’s been doing the business with Matt LaFleur calling the shots.
Assuming the surprise decision to draft Jordan Love, a quarterback out of Utah State, hasn’t upset the applecart then why can’t the Packers have a reasonable shot at glory? After all, they showed last season they can beat anyone on their day, just ask the Chiefs who they beat 31-24.
Brady could inspire Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were rank outsiders when the previous season finished. They suffered nine defeats, which saw them miss out on the play-offs yet again. It wasn’t all a disaster though with some signs of improvement from the prior season under the guiding hand of Bruce Arians. The off season has done their odds of success no harm at all though.
The big arrival is quarterback Tom Brady. The 43-year-old has benefited from longevity in New England so having to learn a new offensive system will be something that may take time. His quality is undoubtable though and the addition of his former teammate Rob Gronkowski further strengthens their team. Of course, the Bowl game will be played at their home ground too. What a story it would be.
Fancy a long shot?
If you fancy cheering on an outsider then the unfancied Arizona Cardinals might be of interest. Their record last season was far from good enough to back them as a team who will win Super Bowl 2021, given they finished on 5-10-1.
The new campaign, however, could be very different. Kyler Murray, who was named rookie of the year after throwing 3,722 yards, has some further experience under his belt. Kenyan Drake joined in October from the Miami Dolphins and had a positive impact on the offence and the blockbuster arrival of DeAndre Hopkins adds some star quality. Yes, things will need to break in their favour for the Cardinals to reign supreme but you just never know.
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