Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tom Brady, Remember Week 12 Before SB LV
It feels like Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not played the Kansas City Chiefs in years. But, they actually met during Week 12 of the regular season. A game the Chiefs won, 27-24.
Tom Brady has to do a few things in order for Tampa to win its first Super Bowl since the Jon Gruden era.
On Sunday, football fans will have their eyes glued to their big TV screens with anticipation as Brady will try to play better against the Chiefs. If the 43-year-old does not then you can forget about him winning his 7th Lombardi, which would be more than any NFL franchise in the Super Bowl era.
Patrick Mahomes and the defending champs will have their work cut out for them against that Tampa defense led by Devin White, Shaq Barrett, and Jason Pierre-Paul.
What does Brady need to look for when evaluating his play in the Week 12 loss to Kansas City? Let’s take a look down below.
Get the Backs and Tight Ends Involved
When the Bucs faced KC earlier in the season, Rob Gronkowski posted over 100 receiving yards on six catches.
Meanwhile, Ronald Jones had a receiving touchdown and 66 yards rushing.
Tom Brady has to utilize his tight ends whether it’s Gronk or Cameron Brate, who has been more involved lately.
The Bucs need to take a page out of the Cleveland Browns playbook and run the ball more effectively.
Doing so will keep Mahomes and the Chiefs offense on the sideline and make the KC defense think more about how they should put pressure on Brady.
Brady had three interceptions versus the Green Bay Packers in the NFC title game last week and he threw two in the loss to KC.
Terrific Tom has to be careful when surveying the defensive landscape that the Chiefs provide.
We’ve seen in years past that when you put pressure on Brady and force him to make errant throws, it ruins any flow he and his offenses are trying to sustain.
From the New York Giants beating the New England Patriots twice in the Super Bowl to Green Bay making Brady look silly throughout the second half of the NFC showdown last week, it’s clear that if you have enough coverage downfield that helps.
And it also gives your pass rushers more time to hit Brady or interfere with his line of sight.
There’s no doubt that Tampa Bay’s o-line will need to stunt the productivity of Frank Clark and L’Jarius Sneed.
Both players have two sacks for the Chiefs during this postseason.
I think Tom Brady has a better team around him than Mahomes does. So, I expect the Bucs to win the Super Bowl this coming Sunday.
With that being said, Brady needs to help out his defense and get the ball to his playmakers.
Antonio Brown, Mike Evans, and Chris Godwin can leave a mark in this football game.
The Chiefs secondary has played well despite having a bunch of no-names.
But, Tampa should be able to take advantage of a young KC secondary and score enough to win the game.
I understand Mahomes can connect with Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, but I can’t imagine that being enough to take down this loaded Bucs team.
There are just too many players on both sides of the ball who can make plays for Tampa Bay.
Bucs should win Super Bowl 55, 35-30.