Predictions for the February 2 showdown has oddsmakers buzzing in Las Vegas, as they currently favor the Kansas City Chiefs at +125. The San Francisco 49ers are close behind at +150, while the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans have long-shot odds at +470 and +650 respectively.A recent update from another sportsbook provider has the same odds for the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, but they paint a much different picture — +600 for the Green Bay Packers and +650 for the Tennessee Titans. ESPN, often considered by skeptical journalists and sports connoisseurs as the “worldwide misleader in sports”, views it much differently. ESPN analyst Bill Barnwell analyzed the Chiefs, 49ers, Packers and Titans and explained the best and worst aspects of each team. Among the analysis:
- 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo completed 59 percent of his passes that resulted in 20 or more yards down the field. The third best TD percentage is held by Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes.
- The Niners struggled with their running game in the 2019-20 campaign, as they ranked 20th in first down conversions and 13th in overall rushing yards.
- ESPN’s FPI model gave San Francisco a 73 percent chance to advance to the conference championship (check), a 49.5 percent chance of advancing to the Super Bowl and a 18.7 percent chance of winning it all.
- Barnwell compared the 13-3 Niners to the Seattle Seahawks campaign of 2013-14, who also finished the regular season 13-3. Both were top seeds entering the playoffs.
Jake Leonard, a broadcast media and journalism veteran, is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. Leonard is also GM and program director of Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network, wrestling editor and contributing writer for Ambush Sports, a contributing writer for My Sports Vote and Midwest Sports Network, and a former contributor to Bleacher Report and Overtime Heroics. He resides at home in Nokomis, Ill. with his dog Buster.