November 28, 2020

By Fred Liggett
FredL@lstribune.net

Going into week 12 of the NFL season the Kansas City Chiefs continue to play well and continue a very strong travel schedule. One week after enjoying a trip to what is called Sin City and a 35-31 win over division rival Las Vegas the Chiefs now journey out to North Florida to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While in Tampa the Chiefs can check out the host site and city for Super Bowl 55 to be played Feb. 7, 2021.

The visit for the Chiefs won’t be an easy one as they need to take care of business against another primetime team in the Bucs who are now led in 2020 by six time Super Bowl champion QB Tom Brady. Besides Brady the Bucs have All Pro WR Antonio Brown and future Hall of Famer TE Rob Gronkowski. With all this influx of talent this year suddenly Tampa Bay is seen in many prime time games. One of them was this past Monday night where the Bucs came up short at home to the LA Rams 27-24.

The Chiefs fared better in their last prime time game played last Sunday night in a thrilling 35-31 comeback win over the Raiders. Under the bright lights the Chiefs overcame a 17-14 deficit and another one at 31-28 to take a commanding three-game lead in the AFC West Division at 9-1. For the host Buccaneers they come in at 7-4 and happy this week’s game time is at 3:25 p.m. The Bucs are 1-3 in primetime games so far this season. The Chiefs/Bucs will still play in front of nearly 80% of the country as seen on CBS who brings their top TV crew of Jim Nantz and Tony Romo to call the action.

Both current and longtime Chiefs fans will see some familiar faces on the Tampa Bay sideline. A 2019 Chiefs team member in veteran RB LeSean McCoy now is a backup for the Bucs. Leading the charge in Tampa is Head Coach Bruce Arians who was a part of the original staff under former Chiefs Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer. Arians spent three seasons as running backs coach in KC from 1989-92. Due to the Chiefs being in the AFC and the Bucs in the NFC the two teams haven’t met a lot which may be a good thing for the Chiefs. The Chiefs are currently on a five-game losing streak to the Bucs including a Coach Reid led Chiefs loss back in 2016.

There will be limited attendance in Tampa to see this game in person. Plenty of fans will be watching on their favorite screens as any time Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes has gone up against Brady it’s been a very entertaining contest. Mahomes is currently 1-2 against Brady with all three games coming while Brady was leading the New England Patriots. Both teams possess plenty of offensive firepower so expect a number of highlights to delight TV viewers. Both teams’ defenses have their work cut out for them this week.

When the 2020 NFL schedule came out a number of NFL followers circled this game as one to watch. Now that the time has come to play the game the Bucs have shown to be a good team but not unbeatable. Brady has shown to lack some consistency in his play and the Bucs defense couldn’t stop Rams QB Jared Goff last week. The Chiefs will look to find the same success through the air as they test the Bucs secondary over and over again. One can expect an entertaining afternoon watching these two teams take the field in the Florida sunshine. When the clock strikes zero the visiting Chiefs will have enjoyed yet another road trip as they earn their ninth straight win on the road. That’s What I REID Into It for this week.

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