Coronavirus (COVID-19) NFL Update – Feb. 4th Edition

Coronavirus (COVID-19) NFL Update – Feb. 4th Edition

After a full regular season of coronavirus scares and surprises on the field, Super Bowl Week is here. On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers take to the field at Raymond James Stadium and play for the right to call themselves 2021 Super Bowl Champions. Check out an update on the big game as well as other NFL news so you can continue betting against their NFL odds

NFL COVID-19 Update – February 4th Edition

2020-21 Super Bowl

  • When: Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021
  • Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

2021 Super Bowl Odds

Chiefs facing uphill climb to become back-to-back Super Bowl champs

Kansas City is the best team in the NFL. The Chiefs lost just two games during the regular season and we can’t even count the Week 17 contest against the Chargers.

KC had long sewn up the 1-seed in the AFC. They rested most of their starters in the loss to LAC. So if we throw out that game, the Chiefs are on a 12-game winning streak. No wonder they’re the favorites to win their second straight Super Bowl.

This is the Lombardi Trophy game, though, and history tells us that it’s close to impossible to win back-to-back NFL Championships. Only eight teams have won the Super Bowl in two straight seasons. 

The last squad to go back-to-back are Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004. If the Chiefs win Sunday, they will have broken a 16-year streak. 

Will Kansas City not only beat the Bucs but also beat history? We’ll soon find out.

Sean Payton says Jameis in Saints’ plans if Drew Brees retires

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said that if Drew Brees retires, Jameis Winston will figure into New Orleans’ plans. Payton likely discovered that although very good as a starter, Taysom Hill’s game doesn’t make him a traditional quarterback.

The Saints’ HC doesn’t want to change Hill. He wants to continue calling run plays and using Hill in the passing game. Doing so means playing Hill with a more traditional drop back quarterback.

In his last season as a starter, Winston threw 30 interceptions. But he also threw 33 touchdowns and for over 5,100 yards. Payton believes he can coach Winston to take care of the football, which is why Sean is bullish on Jameis if Brees retires.

The lone issue is that Jameis Winston is a free agent. Although that could be a problem, it’s doubtful Jameis goes anywhere now that he’s familiarized himself with New Orleans’ system. Players like Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas and an offensive line like what the Saints’ field can turn any quarterback into an All-Pro. If Brees retires and Payton plays a dual-quarterback system next season with Winston and Hill, don’t be surprised if the Saints again win the NFC South. 

Rams trade Goff and a boatload of picks to the Lions for Matthew Stafford

The Detroit Lions let teams know that Matthew Stafford was on the trading block. Within days, the Los Angeles Rams had made a deal to unload their current quarterback, Jared Goff, for Stafford.

By trading Goff, the Rams had to eat some crow. In 2016, Los Angeles traded a couple of first round picks, a couple of second round picks, and two third round picks to grab the first pick. They drafted Jared Goff.

To acquire Matt, they had to trade away Goff, two-first round picks, and a third-round pick. Although that’s a steep price, Matthew Stafford is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He makes the Rams legit Super Bowl contenders. 

Detroit got what they wanted as well. The Lions are in full-on rebuild mode. Goff isn’t the answer, but the Lions could package Goff, their seventh pick in the first round, one of the Rams’ two future first-round picks, move up in the draft, and call Zach Wilson’s or Justin Fields’ name. 

If Urban Meyer at Jacksonville isn’t as hot on Trevor Lawrence as everyone else, who knows? Maybe, Meyer trades the first pick and the Lions land TL. Anyway we cut it, Detroit got exactly what they wanted from the Rams.  

Heading into Super Bowl Sunday, Chiefs become stronger favorite

The spread hasn’t changed from the opening line of Chiefs -3 ½. What has changed is what KC backers must risk if they want to lay the points.

Last week, the Buccaneers were +3 ½ -115. This week, the Bucs are at -105. More money is going to Kansas City than it is to Tampa. It’s not enough money to change the spread, but it is enough to force a change in the amount we must risk.

That doesn’t mean we should change our handicapping. If you have yet to make your Super Bowl bet, do so soon. Pros tend to wait until the day of, which means we could see wild changes in odds come February 7. 

If the odds change in your favor, great. But there’s no telling where the professional handicappers will land because these teams are so similar. 

Do your handicapping, make your pick, and then make your bet. Don’t worry about what the odds are on game day.

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