Tampa Bay Buccaneers welcome the Kansas City Chiefs to Florida on Sunday, with the homes side looking to get back on track after losing at home to the LA Rams last weekend. While the Rams are one of the better defensive sides in the NFL, it is the Chiefs’ offense that should be worrying the Bucs this Sunday. Patrick Mahomes and his Chiefs have plenty in their armory that is sure to test the home team’s defense. It should be a great game for the fans.
This Clash Promises Plenty of Points
If you’re looking for an NFL game this weekend in which plenty of points look likely to be scored, then this should be your pick. Patrick Mahomes and his Chiefs lead the NFL with an average of 32.1 points scored per game, but Tom Brady and his Bucs are not far behind, averaging 29.1 points per game. The Chiefs’ last two outings have also been high-scoring affairs, with them beating the Carolina Panthers 33-31 and the Las Vegas Raiders 35-31. Significantly, when the Bucs faced those two teams this season they scored more than 45 points, so there is no reason to think that Brady’s bunch can’t keep up with the free-scoring Chiefs.
This is not just a battle of two marquee QBS, however. Two world-class tight ends boost the receiving options of both quarterbacks, with Travis Kelce of the Chiefs and Rob Gronkowski of the Bucs also in action. The Bucs also have Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown to offer even more threat, while the Chiefs have Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman in an offense that is packed with pace. Clyde Edwards-Helaire carries plenty of rushing threat for the Chiefs, but the Bucs have a massive running threat of their own in the shape of Ronald Jones. There are so many quality players on the offenses of these teams that defense can feel a little irrelevant.
But you need defense to win games, and the Bucs have shown that they can keep teams out of their endzone in 2020. They shut down Aaron Rodgers and his Packers in a 38-10 win earlier in the season. Kansas City concedes an average of 21.4 points per game, the seventh best in the NFL.
Our Pick: Tampa Bay at -3.5 handicap
We think that plenty of points will be scored in this game, but we also suspect that the winning margin will be narrow. For that reason, we think that backing Brady’s Bucs at a handicap of -3.5 is a very tempting bet. The odds of -110 look good to us, and although we suspect that the Chiefs will win this game, it will not be by much. We have a strong suspicion that overtime might well be needed to bring this game to a resolution.
Our pick: Tampa Bay at -3.5 handicap @ -110 with 888Sport