Let’s throw it back to week 12 of this past NFL season. The scene is set in Tampa Florida, at Raymond James Stadium. This is the same setting that will be Super Bowl Sunday.
The Chiefs have already handled this team once. The Buccaneers fell to Kansas City 27-24 that week. It did not look good for Tampa Bay in the first quarter, as they were quickly down 17-0.
Not to mention, Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill had over 200 receiving yards in the first quarter, as he babied Carlton Davis. However, things have changed since then.
Of course, what would this season be without COVID-19, right? Both of these teams, including 30 others, have dealt with it someway this year. While no, it isn’t fair, it is uncontrollable.
Things have changed since week 12. Since they have, that matchup can be thrown out the window. The records of both teams are now 0-0, and that game no longer matters.
Regular Season Win Over Buccaneers Means Nothing
Back in week 12, things were different. The Buccaneers had some players out, as well as the Chiefs. We can also say that a few things happened that might not again.
For the Buccaneers, they were without their best graded defensive player, according to Pro Football Focus. Vita Vea is a force on the defensive line and could have undoubtedly impacted that game.
Jamal Dean of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also did not play in week 12. The cornerback has helped Tampa Bay all season and could have been effective in assisting contain Tyreek Hill.
Speaking of Hill, the man could not be touched in this game. Hill had over 200 receiving yards in just the first quarter, helping the Chiefs go up 17-0 in the first quarter.
But why does all of this not matter? Well, I’m glad you asked. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have evolved and gotten much better since then, especially on defense.
Even on the offensive side, Tampa Bay is becoming dangerous. Since then, the Buccaneers have not lost a game. They have beat some outstanding teams decisively.
Just last week, we saw the Buccaneers beat what many people thought was the best team in the league in Green Bay. While the score was close, the game was not as close. The Buccaneers had a lead nearly the whole game.
They are winning games in ways that do not make a lot of sense. In that one, Tom Brady threw three interceptions and still won the game. Their last two games can be attributed to the strength of the defense.
The regular season no longer means anything. Yes, the Chiefs can beat Tampa Bay again. However, do not get too confident, Kingdom. The Buccaneers are here for a reason.
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