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There are going to be analysts who think the way to beat the Chiefs is by running the football and winning the time of possession battle. However that plan is far from sufficient. Patrick Mahomes has made 46 starts for Kansas City and they have lost just eight of those games. The average score of the opponents in these eight games is 36.125 points. The only outlier is from week 5 in the 2018-2019 season where the Chiefs lost 13-19 to the Colts (a game in which Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins played a combined two snaps).
The real way to beat Patrick Mahomes and The Kansas City Chiefs is to score at least 36 points, and even that might not be enough. Limiting Tyreek Hill, Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Clyde Edwards-Heliare, Darryl Williams, Sammy Watkins, and the rest of their explosive offense is next to impossible. However the Chiefs do have some vulnerability seeing LT Eric Fisher is out with a torn achilles. Additionally the Chiefs offensive front is missing four starters: Eric Fisher out with injury, one of the best RT in the league Mitchell Schwartz has been out for several weeks now, Kelechi Osemele has been on injury reserve since week 5, and Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff opted out to serve on the front-lines during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Chiefs offense have been creative all year, and Mahomes can also leave the pocket to make plays himself. He and head coach Andy Reid have shown a game plan to get the ball out quickly if necessary, and it’s working wonders. Let’s not forget that earlier this season Tyreek Hill torched Carlton Davis and the rest of the Buccaneers’ secondary for 13 catches, 269 yards, and 3 touchdowns. The score of that game was only close because the Chiefs coasted through the final quarter after entering it with a 17 point lead.
The Chiefs are the best team in football, and they have the best player the game of football has ever seen. Almost everything would need to go wrong on The Chiefs defense for the Tampa Buccaneers to win the Super Bowl. The passing of the torch from Tom Brady to Patrick Mahomes should be complete come Sunday evening.
Chiefs 31, Buccaneers 24.
(All statistics provided by Pro Football Reference)