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Super Bowl 2020 X-Factor Players That Could Make a Huge Impact

| January 31, 2020 9:36 am PDT
Matt Breida, Mecole Hardman, Kyle Juszczyk and Darwin Thompson

Super Bowl 54 finally takes over our lives on Sunday, February 2nd. The top stars get to prove if they’re ready to win a title, Andy Reid will find out if this is his year, and a new champion will be crowned.

And the laundry list of Super Bowl 54 prop bets see their merciful end.

I actually love covering the Super Bowl each year. The volume of content can be daunting, but the subject matter — surprisingly enough for one game — is virtually endless.

Maybe it’s because every single branch that stems out of this NFL tree is placed under a microscope. I mean, we’re so engrossed by every element of this game that we’re searching for info about Jimmy Garoppolo’s girlfriend.

Still, it’s fun.

One other thing that tickles the mind is the possibility that Super Bowl Sunday could unmask a star nobody is really talking about. Again, it’s one game and the biggest NFL contest of the year, so it’s incredibly difficult to say anyone isn’t being discussed at all.

But these big games can unearth stars. Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Raheem Mostert, and so many others have been talked up ad nauseam over the last few weeks.

I’m going to talk about a few lesser-known players that could shine in the big game in this list of 7 players that could make a name for themselves at Super Bowl 54.

Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Breida is no longer the king of San Francisco’s backfield. Instead, Raheem Mostert is a viable Super Bowl 54 MVP threat these days.

That said, Breida is extremely explosive and can be used in a number of ways. If called upon, he could break any single play for a touchdown.

49ers fans and most die-hard NFL followers know who Breida is. But if the right path is set up, he could easily be the star of the 2020 Super Bowl.

Kendrick Bourne, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Explosive rookie Deebo Samuel and veteran route-running maven Emmanuel Sanders get all of the attention, but it could end up being Bourne who stands out during Super Bowl Sunday.

San Francisco’s number three receiver has six scores on the year and stepped up with a solid performance in the Niners’ Divisional Round game.

The 24-year-old has exhibited the size and playmaking ability to potentially stand out, even on the biggest stage.

Darwin Thompson, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

In the name of Kareem Hunt, why have the Chiefs not featured Darwin Thompson more? I’ll give them the fact that Damien Williams has been fantastic, but this explosive rookie deserves more field time.

We really haven’t even gotten a taste of what Thompson is capable of, as the former Utah State product only has 171 total yards to his name.

Regardless, Thompson is highly explosive and incredibly versatile. If given an opportunity to help the team out on Sunday, it’s possible he could steal the show.

Kyle Juszczyk, FB, San Francisco 49ers

Man, that name is tough to spell. Thank the heavens for copy/paste, am I right?

Mess of a name aside, Kyle Juszczyk is the classic NFL utility man, as he excels as a blocker, can be an effective runner, and is a terror as a receiver. On top of that, the kid has some serious wheels and is a solid overall athlete.

Does this demand 10+ touches and/or make him a threat to win the Super Bowl MVP award? No, but Juszczyk is more athletic and valuable than he’s given credit for.

Whether he blocks his butt off all game or takes a simple dump-off 50 yards down the field, I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t leave some type of mark during this game.

Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

More explosive than anyone else on this list is Hardman, who is a true burner that can make an impact from anywhere on the field.

Hardman is dangerously close to a household name already, yet the depth on Kansas City’s roster has prevented him from a true breakout.

While I personally think the 49ers are winning Super Bowl 54, I’m wary of Hardman taking this game over. The Chiefs have to first allow it to happen, but his raw speed is so difficult to contain as a runner, receiver, and return man.

K’Waun Williams, CB, San Francisco 49ers

As explosive as the Chiefs can be on offense, they may be meeting their match in a gritty Niners defense that has plenty of their own speed athleticism.

Richard Sherman is the big name anchoring the NFL’s top-ranked secondary, but slot cornerback K’Waun Williams and the rest of this pass defense shouldn’t go overlooked.

Williams isn’t yet a player everyone knows, but playing a key role in stifling Kansas City’s many explosive receivers could change that in a hurry.

Daniel Sorensen, S, Kansas City Chiefs

There are other potential Super Bowl 54 x-factors, but I’ll leave you with Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen. Part of the duo that helped make up for the loss of Eric Berry, Sorensen has been surprisingly solid for KC all year.

However, what he’s done to this point won’t make or break Sorensen’s NFL future. Possibly shutting down stud tight end George Kittle and silencing a dynamic 49ers ground game, though? Yeah, that’d put him on the map.


The odds are pretty good that the big stars in Super Bowl 54 will be the players stepping up the most. Throughout history, that’s largely been the case.

That said, injuries and in-game demotions happen. Sometimes players also just maximize their opportunities and take over games almost by accident.

Can some fringe starters come out and enjoy the game of their life? Will a young player prove on the biggest NFL stage they’re going to be a force to be reckoned with moving forward?

Perhaps, and that’s one more element of the Super Bowl viewing process that makes it so engrossing.

There’s so much more to take in, though, especially if you plan on betting on Super Bowl 54. For more insight and analysis, be sure to check out our constantly updated sports betting blog.

Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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