Tampa Bay Buccaneers (home)
Date: Nov. 20
Time: 12 p.m. CST
What has changed: The Buccaneers didn’t make a ton of offseason moves on the field, but they did switch head coaches once again. Lovie Smith was only around for two years and then fired, with the job now resting in the hands of former offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. Koetter has been a longtime NFL assistant but this is his first time at the helm.
Tampa Bay struggled on defense and to protect the passer at times in 2105, and yet the Buccaneers didn’t go out and get any upgrades with their ample cap space. We will see how that plays out come September.
Should they scare you?: The offense could be very scary with Jameis Winston entering his second NFL campaign. Winston made the Pro Bowl as a rookie and has some legitimate weapons in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans on the outside. Kansas City will be hard-pressed to guard both of them consistently, with whoever plays away from Marcus Peters likely to have a big day.
However, Kansas City should be able to run the ball with abandon and Alex Smith could go for a huge afternoon. Tampa Bay’s secondary is lackluster and the front seven is without a great pass-rusher. This is a tricky game, but Kansas City should be fine.
Prediction: 28-20, Chiefs
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