Wow, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs are actually good NFL groups. What a shock that well-run organizations can overcome accidents and a tough wage cap to make an entertaining Sunday Evening Soccer recreation.
Nevertheless, right here’s some free recommendation to all future Kansas Metropolis Chiefs opponents. Don’t fumble the opening kickoff.
It provides arguably one of the best quarterback to ever sling some pigskin — Patrick Mahomes — an additional possession. After the fumble, not solely do the Chiefs get the ball deep in opposing territory, however now they get to start each halves on offense.
After the entire yelling, missed discipline targets, and an interception on the sport’s last drive in final week’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Chiefs appeared like their dominant offensive selves on Sunday evening. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ protection has been one of many extra stout items all season, however they couldn’t maintain the Chiefs out of the top zone within the first half. If Clyde Edwards-Helaire doesn’t drop a go with nobody surrounding him, the Chiefs go up 28-10 even sooner than they did.
That muffed kick put the Buccaneers within the worst doable place to begin the sport. Tom Brady coughing up the ball on a sack within the second quarter was additionally a detriment to the Buccaneers, however they had been capable of put collectively a landing drive on the finish of the primary half to make the rating 28-17.
The Buccaneers held the Chiefs to a discipline purpose to begin the second half, however Chiefs DC Steve Spangnuolo knew the place to assault Tom Brady’s squad regardless that they deserted the working recreation. The Chiefs had been nonetheless capable of get strain up the center and maintain the Buccaneers out of the top zone till late within the third quarter.
Following that ugly afternoon in Indianapolis, the Chiefs slicing by the Buccaneers’ offense like a scorching knife by butter is a constructive signal for them. However what occurs if the Bucs don’t turnover the opening kickoff and take their scripted performs down the sphere for a gap drive? Judging from Tom Brady’s 385 yards and three touchdowns, it’s an excellent likelihood that they’d’ve taken the lead first.
Additionally, don’t choose the Buccaneers’ protection by this recreation alone. They hadn’t given up greater than 15 factors in a recreation but this season, and it’s not like they performed the Chicago Bears in 4 consecutive weeks. They made mild work of the Dallas Cowboys — with a wholesome Dak Prescott — and likewise knocked off the New Orleans Saints. Whereas they misplaced to the Inexperienced Bay Packers final week, the offensive line and large receiver corps was decimated, and the ultimate rating was 14-12. It might’ve been far harder for the Packers to carry the Buccaneers to that low level whole in the event that they needed to face the Week 4 Bucs. They received their beginning left deal with again on Sunday evening, in addition to receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Whereas errors put the Buccaneers in a gap that they’d by no means get out of, they did combat again, and confirmed what a more healthy offense can seem like. At 80 %, they’re nonetheless by far one of the best staff within the NFC South. The Chiefs pressured the Buccaneers into these errors, and nonetheless confirmed that they will drive down the sphere, and have an enviable goal-line bundle even with no 6-foot-4 large receiver and a 235 pound working again.
Anticipate to see each of those groups in residence playoff video games come January.