Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes: Which QB has better weapons in Super Bowl 55?

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 Offense wins championships.

Don't believe it? Take a look at Super Bowl 55.

Aside from the quarterback matchup, you may never see a more gifted assortment of talent at skill positions on the field this Sunday at Super Bowl 55. Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Antonio Brown, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans are all expected to take the field this Sunday with an opportunity to showcase each of their unique skill sets en route to a Lombardi Trophy.

Not to disrespect the two tough defenses that are taking the field in Tampa, Fla. this Sunday, but it's no surprise to anyone that today's game is built around offense, offense and more offense. We should be getting a lot of that with a Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes matchup.

Brady is the king while Mahomes is coming for the throne, but their success isn't simply about the individual accolades and talent as much as it is who's around them.

So who matches up better? Take a quick look at the skill position groups and see who takes the on-paper matchup heading into Sunday.

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Wide receivers

Kansas City: Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson

Tampa Bay: Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, Scotty Miller

While very few teams can match Kansas City's team speed — Hardman has been clocked at a 4.33 40-yard dash, Tyreek Hill at a 4.29, even Watkins was clocked at a respectable 4.43 — the Bucs boast a diverse wide receiver group of their own.

It really depends what you value in your offensive scheme: All three of Evans, Godwin and Miller are good deep threats that fit in seamlessly in the Arians offense, with Miller even snagging a few big grabs this playoff season.

Evans was Tampa Bay's only 1,000-yard receiver in 2020 (1,006 yards), while the Chiefs had two: Hill (1,276 yards) and tight end Travis Kelce (1,416 yards). Hill led the team in touchdown receptions with 15.

Kansas City's receivers are certainly a handful, and there might be no more difficult a receiver to cover in the league than Hill. But when everything is humming and in rhythm, it's difficult to go blow-for-blow against a better wide receiver corps in the NFL than the Bucs'.

Advantage: Tampa Bay

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Tight ends

Kansas City: Travis Kelce and, uh, Travis Kelce

Tampa Bay: Rob Gronkowski, Cameron Brate

Will the real No. 87 please stand up?

Historically, Bruce Arians' offensive system has never relied heavily on the tight end, but that didn't stop the Buccaneers from luring Rob Gronkowski out of retirement, reuniting him with Brady and adding another few pages to the Bucs' playbook.

Brady, who has always made great use of tight ends throughout his career, threw 138 passes to both Gronkowski and Brate this season, good for sixth in the league. Gronk had a decent year with the Bucs, catching 45 passes for 623 yards and seven touchdowns, a season about in line with what he had been doing with New England prior to his first retirement in 2019. 

While the un-retired Gronk wasn't a focal point of the Bucs gameplan during the regular season, it's difficult to overlook the historical chemistry between he and Brady. In the playoffs, Gronk has caught just two passes for 43 yards in the last two games, though, meaning that magic might be running out.

All that said, Travis Kelce is a game-breaking tight end — one of the few in the NFL — and Patrick Mahomes' No. 1 target. In 2020, Kelce once again set the single-season receiving yards record for a tight end with 1,416, and is cookin' with over 100 yards in both the divisional round vs. the Browns and the AFC championship game vs. the Bills. Kelce has three touchdowns during the playoffs, too.

When their careers wrap, the debate over who's the greatest tight end ever will rage, but in the moment, right now, there's not much argument that Kelce > Gronk.

Advantage: Chiefs

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Running backs

Kansas City: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Le'Veon Bell, Darrel Williams

Tampa Bay: Ronald Jones II, Leonard Fournette, Ke'Shawn Vaughn

After Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the Chiefs' next leading rusher in 2020 is … Patrick Mahomes.

While Edwards-Helaire missed the final few weeks of the season with a hip injury, he's expected to be good to go for Super Bowl 55, and with Le'Veon Bell nursing a knee injury, KC's backfield could be very thin entering Super Bowl 55. Darrel Williams has been a nice find for KC this postseason, but they'll be facing off against a pretty tough run defense across the way.

The Buccaneers have leaned a little bit more on the run game this postseason, with 88 rush attempts through three playoff games, for just under 30 rushing attempts per game. The Chiefs, playing a game less, have just under 25 rushing attempts per game. 

The position groups are as close as it gets. Le'Veon Bell hasn't been the dynamic weapon that some expected him to be when he signed with Kansas City. While CEH is readying to return, there's no telling what he'll be able to offer after being away for over a month.

While neither team's run game is something to bet the house on, with Leonard Fournette factoring more into the gameplan than he had during the season, he might give the Bucs the slight, slight, razor-thin edge over a returning rookie.

Advantage: Tampa Bay

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