Super Bowl 2020 Prediction: Dan Marino Makes His Super Bowl 54 Pick

David Bastl | Updated Feb 02, 2020

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The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers will face off for Super Bowl LIV. We asked Dan Marino who he thinks will hoist the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday.

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February 02, 2020, 6:30 PM ET
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Pointspread +2 -110
Moneyline +108
Over / Under o +53

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Pointspread -2 -110
Moneyline -130
Over / Under u +53

36%

Betting Action

64%

Struggling with your Super Bowl pick? We asked an NFL legend what he thinks will happen at Super Bowl LIV. Our most recent Super Bowl odds have the Kansas City Chiefs listed as 2-point favorites, with an Over/Under of 54.5.

Considered to be one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time, Dan Marino was the Miami Dolphins’ quarterback for 17-1 seasons. Made famous by his lightning release and one-of-a-kind arm, Marino led the Dolphins to the postseason 10 times. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2005, and is one of just three Dolphins players to have his jersey number retired.

Dan Marino Interview with David Bastl and Mike Richards via Sauga 960 AM

Mike Richards: Very often, when it comes to the Super Bowl, there’s always a lot of hype, two teams who survived a heck of a lot just to get to that important game, then, because of it, there’s fan expectation that can kind of go over the top… this is one game, I look at this and think, this could be set up to be one of the best games of the year, and you don’t always get that with the Super Bowl.

Dan Marino: This is a game that can be high-scoring, a game that’s exciting with these two young quarterbacks. You know, you look at Garoppolo, I like what he’s done, but he hasn’t really thrown the ball that much in the playoffs, so there might be a situation where he has to put up a lot of points to keep up with Kansas City’s offense and Mahomes.

Richards: So Dan, if you’re San Francisco, you’re thinking, you’re probably gonna pound the rock a little bit, you’ve gotta hope that that defense can contain what Patrick Mahomes does – very often I call him the Steph Curry of football – he’s remarkable to watch, he’s so much fun, but if I’m San Francisco, I need Mostert to run that ball, I need Mahomes off the field. If they’re gonna have a chance, I assume that’s the way you would think its gonna happen.

Marino: So you hit it right on the head, you know, the thing about it is, what they’ve been doing through the playoffs, they’ve been able to run the football, control the clock, and that’s what they’re gonna try and do. If Mahomes and Kansas City’s high-powered offense, if they’re on the sidelines, standing there watching, that means they’re not putting up points, so that’s kind of the way you have to play this game for them. Once again, they score so quick, they’re a team with such a high-powered offense, so you try to get them limited possessions. So if you’re San Francisco, you don’t turn it over and give them a short field, where they can score quickly.

 

David Bastl: Dan, who do you like in this? If somebody comes up to you and asks “Dan Marino, who’s winning this football game?”

Marino: I think Kansas City. I think Kansas City is going to win because of their high-powered offense. I mean, if you look at what they’ve done in the playoffs, in that one game, coming back from 24 down…that’s unheard of. So, I think if they could just stay on track and not turn the ball over, don’t give San Francisco easy points, they’re gonna win the game. I do think though, it’ll be a close game, and I’ve got a feeling that it may be a lower-scoring game than people think.

Check out the entire interview below.

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