In just the first year of Tom Brady in the NFC, he immediately steered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a place he’s very familiar with: the Super Bowl. Brady and the Bucs will look to unseat the Kansas City Chiefs as the reigning kings of the NFL on February 7th, as they head in as underdogs to Super Bowl LV. These are some of the reasons why the Buccaneers will win the Super Bowl.
Say what you want to say about how Tom Brady got sort of lucky in the 2021 NFC Championship Game, as the Buccaneers’ defense stepped up and prevented the Green Bay Packers from capitalizing on the future Hall of Famer quarterback’s three interceptions, but when it comes to big games, there aren’t a lot of people would rather have under center than Brady.
Whether Brady is the GOAT or not, he certainly belongs in the conversation because any player who’s won six Super Bowl rings and reached the biggest stage of football nine times before is certainly someone you shouldn’t be underestimating. As the rhetoric question goes: do you really want to bet against Tom Brady in the playoffs? Brady is the single biggest reason why the Buccaneers will win Super Bowl LV.
Fishing Expedition With JPP, Shaquil Barrett
The Chiefs are going to be without Eric Fisher in Super Bowl 55. Many casual fans likely don’t know who Fisher is, but he’s one of the most important players on the Chiefs’ high-powered offense. Fisher has been solid in pass protection this season, as he played a huge role in keeping Mahomes safe in the pocket. The Chiefs were ranked fourth in the regular season in offensive quarterback sack percentage with Fisher providing security for Mahomes.
But Fisher won’t be there in Super Bowl 55 to protect Mahomes’ blindside after the former No. 1 overall pick suffered a nasty Achilles tendon injury in the AFC Championship Game against the Bills. His absence leaves the Bucs’ tandem of Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaqul Barrett, who must be licking their chops over the prospect of taking Mahomes to the ground.
The two combined for five sacks in the NFC title game against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. You can also add Ndamukong Suh to the equation. While no longer the dominant pass rusher he once was, Suh just had his most sacks in a season (6) since 2015.
Patrick Mahomes Isn’t Playing Defense
Kansas City has made its way back to the Super Bowl because of its offense. The defense isn’t that much of a strength of this Chiefs team, however, which means when the Bucs have the ball, you can’t feel confident that Kansas City is going to make stops. For one, the Chiefs were only 15th back in the regular season in third-down defense and 30th in opponent fourth-down conversion.
Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones might be given with a heavier workload in Super Bowl LV compared to when the Bucs rushed for 75 yards on just 13 carries (5.8/carry) in Week 12’s loss to the Chiefs. The Chiefs’ run defense has been poor since the start of the playoffs.
In two games since the end of the regular season, the Chiefs have allowed an average of 120.5 rushing yards and 6.0 yards per rushing attempt. Don’t sleep on this factor playing a key role in why the Buccaneers will win Super Bowl LV.
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