NFL Betting: Chiefs Offense vs. Bucs Defense Analysis
As many NFL experts have analyzed every possible matchup and scenario for Sunday’s big game, we’re going to follow suit. Tampa Bay’s defense really made a name for itself in the NFC Championship game, showing everyone that they had what it takes to take down a superstar quarterback and his high-powered offense. They’ll be looking to do the same thing in Sunday’s Super Bowl, as they’ll be facing Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Let’s have a closer look at both teams so you can get ready to make your bets against their Super Bowl odds.
Chiefs Offense vs. Bucs Defense: What Could Happen?
Tampa Bay’s defensive line is one of the top units in the league. They allowed the fewest rushing yards in the league this season. When the Chiefs and Buccaneers faced off in Week 12, the Bucs defensive line made things difficult for Mahomes. They pressured Mahomes 16 times, getting seven knockdowns and two sacks.
Facing the Bucs defensive line will be tough enough for the Chiefs offensive line, but now they’ll be facing that powerful force shorthanded. Kansas City’s starting left tackle, Eric Fisher, will be out with an achilles injury. This will make things difficult for Kansas City, but having an extra week to prepare will help the situation.
The Bucs caused issues for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers without having to blitz much. We look for Tampa Bay to do the same thing against Kansas City. Look for Andy Reid to call some plays where Mahomes gets rid of the ball quickly. We also think the Chiefs will try to establish their running game early on to help alleviate the pass rush. They may also use the running backs to help against the pass rush. If they do blitz, Mahomes is very mobile and he can do a lot of damage outside of the pocket.
Tampa Bay’s secondary has been the weakest spot of their defense this season. However, the Buc secondary has improved since a change in scheme during their bye week. By switching to a 2-man coverage, the Bucs defensive backs can press, knowing that they have two safeties behind them. Since switching to this coverage, they have been much improved. By pressing the receivers, they can knock them off of their routes and disrupt their timing.
Tyreek Hill is a matchup nightmare for anyone. We look for Tampa Bay to either match Carlton Davis or Jamel Dean against Hill. Dean, the fastest cornerback on the team, did not play in their Week 12 matchup. We see the Bucs pressing Hill, and putting Antoine Winfield Jr. over the top for extra coverage.
We have yet to mention Travis Kelce who no one has figured out how to stop. He and Mahomes have great chemistry, and Kelce always seems to find a way to get open when things go wrong. Tampa Bay will have to come up with a strategy to try and minimize Kelce. Easier said than done.
We’re really looking forward to seeing Andy Reid’s offense match up with Todd Bowles’ defense. Both coaches are highly respected throughout the league, and are known as some of the best at what they do. We can’t wait to watch these two tacticians go at it in Super Bowl 55.