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Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (-3, 56) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
For sure, the storylines are as juicy as they arrive for this 55th version of the Tremendous Bowl. My favourite is that Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are attempting to repeat as champs and be part of that unique membership, and the man guarding the fort to ensure they do not undergo is the final man to do it, the GOAT himself, Tom Brady, with the 2003-04 New England Patriots.
Brady being right here for the 10th time — we’ll most likely no means see that once more, until it occurs to contain the man he’s enjoying in opposition to. This recreation is the previous and current standard-bearer in opposition to the current and attainable future standard-bearer of one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the sport.
While you have a look at the Chiefs, this can be a workforce with expertise unquestioned. Within the two playoff video games this yr, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill have roughly 40 catches and 400 yards mixed — that is ridiculous. On prime of the expertise, this can be a workforce that has enjoyable enjoying, which comes from their head coach, Andy Reid. Typically this season, they’d a lot enjoyable doing it that they took the foot off the gasoline and, like within the earlier win over Tampa, may’ve received over 20 factors however as a substitute needed to kill clock up three.
Till the Buffalo recreation, the Chiefs hadn’t performed a full 60-minute recreation since early November. If they will try this once more, play all 60 minutes, then I consider it could be an excessive amount of for Tampa Bay to deal with — regardless of the magic of the good one himself, Tom Brady.
Tampa Bay, with the pass-catching core of Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski, is without doubt one of the few groups that has about as many headliners because the Chiefs. Add to that, you could have Leonard Fournette, who ran one of the best he had all yr vs. the Inexperienced Bay Packers within the NFC Championship Recreation, an added dynamic that offers the offense a sense that possibly — simply possibly — it could possibly commerce factors with the Chiefs, which only a few groups can say they will. The Bucs may.
The loss to the Chiefs throughout Thanksgiving weekend put the Bucs at 7-5 coming into the final e of the season. For a veteran workforce to have a e that late within the season was good, and it responded. I mentioned it on Primetime, this can an important e of all 32 groups. Lo and behold, Swami obtained it proper. The Bucs have not misplaced since. The brand new components jelled and the workforce put all of it collectively. You do not usually get to relaxation in Week 13, and that paid off. That may’t be neglected.
Ok.C. has three difference-makers on protection in Chris Jones, Frank Clark and the Honey Badger, Tyrann Mathieu. Can they put sufficient strain on Brady to make him really feel a bit uneasy? I’m going to be trying to see in the event that they do within the first quarter, which may set the tone for the sport. If Brady is snug, the Bucs can commerce factors with the Chiefs. However don’t underestimate defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, whose timing of when to ship a linebacker or cornerback might be good. He already beat Brady in a Tremendous Bowl as soon as. He can hold you off steadiness.
Tampa Bay’s entrance seven is excellent. Jason Pierre-Paul had a heck of yr, and linebackers Devin White and Shaq Barrett are going up in opposition to a workforce with out their two beginning tackles. Ndamukong Suh and Lavonte David may play massive. Will the Bucs’ entrance seven be capable to dictate the sport itself? The Chiefs should really feel that if Mahomes will get a while, they will beat the secondary, as they did within the first recreation.
One different season-long remark: Simply because the Bucs’ late e was what the physician ordered, the Chiefs obtained an sudden break too. Certain, they have been the preseason favorites to repeat and draw loads of consideration, however that early loss to the Las Vegas Raiders was a blessing in disguise. The entire speak of going undefeated went to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who began 11-0. Add to it Brady being in one other Tremendous Bowl, and that is no less than as massive of a storyline because the Chiefs making an attempt to repeat. Rather less highlight than anticipated no means hurts.
On this first Tremendous Bowl performed in a convention champion’s house stadium, if the Bucs come operating out of the locker room 30 minutes earlier than kickoff within the Creamsicle uniforms, it is throughout … Tampa wins and Tom will get his seventh ring. However they aren’t allowed to, even when they needed to. Seeing this would possibly not occur, I am going with the champs to repeat, and Andy Reid and his workforce will be part of that elite repeat group. You already know them: the Packers, Dolphins, Steelers (twice), Niners, Cowboys, Broncos and Tom’s Patriots. Every decade has had no less than one repeat champ — within the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and 2000s. Then the Chiefs received it in 2019, so we’ll name it back-to-back in that decade as properly, and the pattern continues.
Swami Sez: Chiefs 30, Bucs 20