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By Marc Lawrence — NFL Nation says that thirty other NFL teams want to be in the position of the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers – one win away from a Super Bowl title and the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Unlike for the Chiefs and Bucs, the biggest obstacle facing many teams in getting to championship contention is at quarterback, a position poised for massive turnover this offseason. For others, it’s rebuilding a defense to complement a potent offense. And for an unfortunate few, it’s a wholesale talent infusion that’s needed to climb back into contention. For instance: Green Bay needs to make sure they don’t turn this year’s effort into a “Last Dance” situation. If for some reason they do they’d immediately enter rebuild mode … Can the New Orleans stay just as competitive with Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston as the starter? Or do they need to make a bold play for someone like Deshaun Watson or another high-priced veteran? … For more key questions facing each team next season click here.
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According to ESPN, it isn’t real yet, but in the virtual world, the Kansas City Chiefs are the repeat Super Bowl champions. In Madden NFL 21’s official simulation of Super Bowl LV, the Chiefs beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37-27 for their second consecutive Lombardi trophy. The Madden simulation got the Super Bowl right last year, picking the Chiefs to beat the 49ers and QB Patrick Mahomes to be MVP. It ended two consecutive losses for the Madden sim. The “Madden NFL” franchise have made an official prediction for the Super Bowl every year since 2004. The video game has picked the correct winner 10 times in 16 years, with a perfect prediction for Super Bowl 49. That’s a 62.5 percent success rate. Call me unimpressed.

Grinding Out The Profits
From the Playbook Basketball Newsletter: The Stanford Cardinal takes the floor tonight looking to avenge an ugly loss to archrival California in the Donkey Round of last year’s PAC-12 conference tournament. That sets up The Tree’s attention-getting 9-1 SU and 8-2 ATS success in this series when playing with revenge. Meanwhile, the not-so-golden Bears are a long-term 39-52-2 ATS as conference hosts versus avenging foes, and have struck out against winning foes this campaign, going 3-9 SU. The bottom line is we have no problem laying small wood with a winning avenger against a losing rival.
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