The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs will be bringing us some quality football on Sunday afternoon. It’s a game that features one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time in Tom Brady and one of the greatest quarterbacks of right now in Patrick Mahomes.
The Buccaneers have started to stumble the past few weeks, winning only one of their last three games. On the other hand, the Chiefs continue to prove they’re prepared to defend their Super Bowl victory from a year ago. They’ve won their past five games.
The two teams don’t have a ton of history against each other. They’ve met a total of 12 times over the past 45 years, with the Buccaneers winning seven of those 12. In fact, the Chiefs will be looking to end a five-game losing streak against the Buccaneers.
Red-hot Chiefs Go For 10th Win
The Chiefs are a good football team no matter which way you look at it. They’re 9-1 entering Week 12 and have won all five of their games on the road this season. The Buccaneers are in for a tough matchup against this extremely sound Chiefs team.
Led by Mahomes, the Chiefs score an impressive 32.1 points per game and put up over 420 yards per game. On defense, they give up 21.4 points per game and 365 yards per game. They shouldn’t have any issues stopping the Buccaneers’ horrendous run-game.
Mahomes currently has 3,035 yards, 27 touchdowns, and two interceptions. He’s had a lot of help from rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire with 655 yards and four rushing touchdowns this year. With no injuries to worry about, the Chiefs are going to be at full strength on Sunday.
Can the Buccaneers Get Back on Track?
The Buccaneers started the season 6-2 but dropped to 7-4 with their recent loss to the Los Angeles Rams. They don’t look as crisp as they did to start the year, and Brady is starting to make a lot of mistakes — especially ones that aren’t typical of him.
That being said, the Buccaneers do score at an impressive 29.1 points per game but only put up 367 yards per game. On defense, they allow 23.0 points per game and 332 yards per game. They’ve allowed 88 points in the past three games, including a 38-3 loss to the Saints.
Brady has 2,955 yards, 25 touchdowns, and nine interceptions this season. He’s throwing a lot of touchdowns, but the frequent mistakes and lack of a running game make it difficult to pull away victorious. He’ll need Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones II to get going against the Chiefs.
Betting Odds & Lines
Will the Chiefs continue their dominance this season, or will the Bucs rain on their parade? FanDuel has the Kansas City Chiefs favored by 3.5 points over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It also has the over/under listed at 56 total points.
Free Betting Pick
With two high-powered offenses ready to clash, the Chiefs and Buccaneers are bound to give football fans a lot to watch on Sunday afternoon. Expect these two teams to come out firing, especially through the air. The key to the first half is limiting turnovers and capitalizing on red-zone opportunities — preferably with touchdowns.
It’s also important to note that the Buccaneers have several players listed as questionable — including Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet, A.Q. Shipley, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Jamel Dean. Even if they suit up, those injuries are going to have an impact on this one.
Final Score Prediction 34-24, Kansas City Chiefs.
Pick: Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5)