You can pick your play, but the NFL offseason unofficially began sometime in the third quarter of an underwhelming Super Bowl LV. The Bucs are the new champions, obviously covering as 3-point dogs. The Under 56 cashed, while the Over of .5 Chiefs touchdowns miraculously did not.
As a kid in the 1990s, the Super Bowl was notoriously lopsided. The Bills getting trounced by the Cowboys twice, the 49ers dismantling the Chargers ... blowout games became the norm. But the last 15 years or so, the games have routinely been competitive. The Patriots played in nine Super Bowls, and all were at least close in the fourth quarter, with a handful of absolute classics mixed in.
Essentially, we were due for a dud, and we got it. The Bucs were 65-1 around St. Patrick’s Day and moved to 16-1 after signing Tom Brady. After last year’s Super Bowl victory, the Chiefs opened as + 700 chalk, and they looked like great value for the ensuing 11 months and 364 days — until this year’s game got into the second quarter.