Super Bowl LV: X-Factors That Could Change the Game

Super Bowl LV is this Sunday with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unsung heroes are born on this very day. We usually expect the usual suspects to step up in this game, but their are always players that rise to the occasions in these kind of situations.

On Wednesday, I discussed who could potentially be the Super Bowl MVP potentially not named either Patrick Mahomes or Tom Brady. Who will be some of the potential X-Factors in Super Bowl LV?

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski isn’t the Rob Gronkowski he once was. He still will forever be the best tight end to play the game of football. Gronkowski and Tom Brady have won three Super Bowls together with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. If they win this one, this would be their fourth one together in Super Bowl LV.

Rob Gronkowski is a beast. He can still block at an elite level and can potentially open up holes for the running backs and can also give time for Tom Brady to throw the football.

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Gronkowski is the heartbeat of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end group. He will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer most likely when he retires.

He may be thrown to early in this football game. With Brady potentially targeting him early on in this football, it goes to show that he has all of the confidence in the world in Rob Gronkowski.

Cameron Brate

He is another tight end on the roster. Cameron Brate and Rob Gronkowski may be involved in two tight end sets early and often for offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich‘s offense. With wide receiver Antonio Brown out for the Super Bowl due to injury, Tom Brady will look to throw to security blankets early and often.

Brate is also a very underrated blocker. He usually doesn’t drop passes either. Cameron Brate is also very valuable in the play-action game, especially in Super Bowl LV.

Byron Pringle

This is a very interesting name that I throw out here for the Kansas City Chiefs. He has seen the field this postseason for some snaps for Kansas City. Pringle has very good hands. If Sammy Watkins is out, he is going to step up big time.

Byron Pringle would be the third wide receiver. Tyreek Hill would the number one wide receiver and Mecole Hardman Jr. would be the second wide receiver. Pringle would be the potential x-factor for the Kansas City Chiefs offense and he also has breakaway speed also here.

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Sammy Watkins

Assuming that Sammy Watkins is healthy enough for this football game, he is going to be a reliable weapon in the wide receiver game for quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Watkins usually doesn’t drop passes and he played a huge role in the postseason last year.

Sammy Watkins can be a hero in Super Bowl LV, especially if Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are double-teamed and struggle. Watkins is going to potentially be the difference between winning and losing Super Bowl LV on the offensive side of the football for the Kansas City Chiefs.

What do you think of the potential x-factors for Super Bowl LV? Leave a comment below.

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