SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – As the 2023 NFL season nears its end, only one game remains – Super Bowl LVIII, where the San Francisco 49ers will face off against the reigning champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, in Las Vegas.
With the biggest game of the season just around the corner, ESPN consulted over 60 experts for their predictions on the outcome of the game, the final score, and the potential winner of the Super Bowl MVP Award. As the stakes couldn’t get any higher, betting odds from ESPN BET and insights from ESPN’s Football Power Index add another layer of anticipation for the game.
Of the 64 experts polled, a significant majority – 49 out of 64, to be exact – favored the Chiefs, while the 49ers claimed 15 votes. The experts also provided a range of predicted final scores, from the lowest combined total of 37 to the highest combined score of 64, with most experts predicting the game to be decided by a touchdown or less.
In terms of betting notes, ESPN BET currently favors the San Francisco 49ers by 1.5 points, with the over/under set at 47.5 points. The experts are split on whether the game will go over or under that total, adding another layer of unpredictability to the game.
Further insight from ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) also favors the 49ers, giving them a 59.4% chance of winning by an average of 3.1 points. These statistics, combined with the experts’ predictions, make for an intriguing buildup to the game.
Adding to the excitement are the predictions for the potential Super Bowl MVP. Patrick Mahomes emerged as the most common pick to win the award, with Travis Kelce and Christian McCaffrey following closely behind. The diversity of predictions for the MVP only adds to the anticipation and suspense surrounding the upcoming game.
With such a wealth of expert opinions and statistical insights, the stage is set for a thrilling Super Bowl showdown between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. As the countdown to game day begins, all eyes will be on Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for what promises to be an unforgettable Super Bowl LVIII.