Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s here! The day we have all been waiting for, SUPER BOWL SUNDAY. Our beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be looking to slow down the high-powered machine that is the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. The game is being played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida. This marks the first time in the history of the NFL that a team will be playing at home on Super Bowl Sunday. So, what is the biggest key to Tampa Bay pulling off this mammoth-sized upset Sunday?
Most analysts and professional minds will simply say it is Tom Brady, but I just don’t think that is quite the right answer. The Tampa Bay version of Tom Brady has been one of consistency with unexpected twists. What I mean by this is when he managed the game against the Packers, but out of the blue. Boom! Back to back interceptions. Brady is an important piece, but not the most important, at least in my view. I believe we are looking at a stat line of 275 yards and 2 touchdowns for Brady.
Maybe you would look at Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, or Leonard Fournette, but you would again be wrong. The Tampa Bay supporting cast has been nothing short of amazing this season with Brady leading the charge. The offense will need to be consistent and cannot go into punt mode, or we could be looking at a replay of the first meeting. Make the plays that are expected of you, and don’t try to do too much. Brady will have them in the right spots to exploit their matchups. They will need to keep their emotions in check and play the full 60 minutes to celebrate a World Championship.
Okay, I’ll let you in on who I believe is the most important piece in Sunday’s matchup against the Chiefs, it is safety Antoine Winfield Jr. The rookie has the most-difficult job making sure he is Carlton Davis III’s insurance policy over the top that stops Tyreek Hill from having another monstrous game, and he will be helping on tight end Travis Kelce, as well. The Buccaneers first-year player must be the big-time playmaker he was against the New Orleans Saints. I believe that if Winfield can help stop the big-play potential of Hill and Kelce, the Buccaneers will score enough points against the Chiefs defense to win the 2020-21 Super Bowl. Maybe it’s not Winfield, but this could be another defensive MVP year. Doesn’t that sound familiar, Buccaneers fans?