While the Kansas City Chiefs hope to become the NFL’s first repeat champion in 16 years when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55, Marshawn Lynch has his picks and predictions for the big game.
The former Seahawks running back says he is rolling with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers on Sunday. Why root for the 43-year-old quarterback in his 10th Super Bowl appearance, the same quarterback who robbed Seattle of its back-to-back Super Bowl championships?
“I’m telling you I want to see TB win his last one,” Lynch explained in a recent appearance on Sports Betting Dime.
But the hard-hitting, stiff-arming running back wouldn’t go as far as putting his money on the Buccaneers, whose last Super Bowl appearance was in 2003. Lynch explained that another X-Factor quarterback will be suiting up Sunday and he’s a force to be reckoned with.
“That boy Patrick Mahomes go ape sh**, I ain’t lying you feel me?” Lynch said. “I’m telling you what I want to see happen. I want to see that boy [Tom Brady] get in there and do that thing, but this boy Patrick Mahomes been on some Houdini type sh**, doing some unthinkable type sh**.”
Mahomes is +110 to win MVP in the NFL title game, according to our partner PointsBet, but Lynch would like to see someone unexpected let loose on Super Bowl Sunday.
“With a game like this, it’s only right that somebody who is least expected gotta step up,” Lynch said. “Because you gotta think right now, when you game planning, you game planning throughout the whole year for preseason, season, playoffs, to the Super Bowl you’ve got so much film, so much sh** to look at, to compact to a game plan. Something that’s gonna happen is if you got coordinators, they going to narrow everything down to exactly who is who and who do what.
"So, at the opportunity is usually somebody they don’t know about that just get a spark, unless it’s just somebody that’s one of those ones, one of them dogs, and I mean, there’s a lot of them in this game, that just say I know what they saying, but that sh** not about to work because I’m feeling like this today and they gon’ want one.”
Lynch mentioned the Seahawks’ Super Bowl appearances in 2013 and 2014, and how the two standouts were outliers. Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith returned an interception for a touchdown and recovered a fumble as the Seahawks dismantled the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII.
The following year in Super Bowl XLIX, Malcolm Butler made one of the most incredible plays in NFL history when he intercepted Russell Wilson at the goal-line to help the Patriots secure a 28-24 win.
Lynch is hoping a running back might get in there and pound the rock this year.
“I’m hoping for an underdog and at the end of the day man, I’m not gonna lie, I don’t watch too much sports and hella sh**, but at this point in time, ya feel me, I would prefer a running back,” Lynch said. “I’m not sure the last running back who actually won a Super Bowl MVP and I feel like I should have known that considering my situation.”
The last time a running back took home the MVP nod was Denver’s Terrell Davis in XXXII. He had 30 carries for 157 yards and three touchdowns for the Broncos in their 31-24 victory over the then world champion Green Bay Packers. That was nearly 23 years ago.
We’ll find out if Beast Mode’s predictions hold true in just a few short days when the Bucs welcome the Chiefs to Tampa Bay in Super Bowl LV. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.