In this past week’s matchup, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. This matchup was long awaited ever since the schedule was announced. This was another installment of the GOAT going up against the up and coming GOAT. The fans in Tampa were not very happy with the outing that the team showed, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. I will get into that a bit later.
This is now the fourth time that Brady and Mahomes have matched up with each other, and this one was nothing like the others. This game got out of hand fairly quickly, as the Chiefs jumped out to a 17-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. This was mainly due to Tyreek Hill’s explosive quarter for the ages. He was torching the man coverage that the Bucs were throwing at him, Carlton Davis had no chance.
In fairness, there are not many DBs in the league who can cover Tyreek one-on-one, if any. Once Todd Bowles figured out that they needed to help out on the fastest guy in the league, Travis Kelce started slicing and dicing them underneath.
As a defensive coordinator, you will let Travis Kelce beat you rather than Tyreek, because he has the speed to break any and all plays for a touchdown. Shortly after this adjustment was made, the Chiefs offense started to look human again and only scored 10 more points for the remainder of the game.
The Bucs offense also struggled early, with more things leading to them not being able to run the ball. Chris Jones was dominating the line early on in, so Bruce Arians stopped calling run plays. They had one too many three-and-outs to get the offense rolling, but they stuck around. They kept grinding it out, and Tony Romo who commentated the game, stated that the Bucs offense needed to run some more motion so that Brady can see if he was going up against zone or man coverage. Seemingly after that, the motion started to come and the Bucs started to score. Mike Evans also continued to assert his dominance with another two touchdown game.
The takeaway from this game can be simplified. Bruce Arians has to stick to calling run plays, because Ronald Jones is someone who deserves a lot of credit. He has had great games, but he has also had bad plays that has turned the tide in the favor of the other team, but not yesterday. He caught the first touchdown of the game for them and it showed me that he still had a lot of fight left in him.
Also, the offense has to be simplified for Tom so that he can see what is going on. Without a run game, there is no threat of play action, and without that, teams know you are just dropping back to throw it 50 times a game; that is not winning football. With that being said, they are able to take this upcoming week to get healthy and hopefully continue to build on the offensive continuity they need.
The light at the end of the tunnel is due to the remainder of their schedule, which includes Atlanta twice, Minnesota, and Detroit. They should end the year on a win streak and conclude the regular season on a high note into the playoffs.