“Chiefs visit Tampa to take on the reeling Buccaneers with both teams needing an early season shot in the arm”
Hear me out.
The Chiefs’ schedule is absolutely brutal to start off. As much as people want to joke about Kyler Murray’s contract or his propensity to fall off the map in the second half of the season, they’ve never lost a season opener in Murray’s 3 years at the helm. Sure, they tied the lowly Lions in his rookie season, but last year in week 1 they obliterated the Tennessee Titans who ended up as the AFC’s 1 seed.
The Chargers pose a very real threat to come into Arrowhead and steal a close game against a Chiefs team that will have a young defense just getting their footing in real game action, and traveling to Indianapolis in week 3 won’t be a walk in the park for a defensive front that looks like they are going to be able to rush the passer in 2022, but haven’t been even close to experiencing a test against the run like Jonathan Taylor and the Colts offensive line will provide.
Before you close your laptop or flip back over to Twitter to roast this blog, I’m not saying the Chiefs are going to start 0-3 going into Tampa. But there is a real chance that they could be 1-2, or 2-1 rather than an unblemished 3-0 heading into the Super Bowl 55 rematch.
And Tampa’s schedule? Oh boy. The Bucs start the season in Dallas. If they come away with a win in that one, they then travel to New Orleans which they historically have a very hard time with in week 2 before welcoming the Packers to Raymond James Stadium in week 3. Suffice it to say, it’s possible that the Bucs could be sitting under .500 – or winless – by the time the Chiefs come to town in Week 4. To say this game could be paramount for both clubs would be an understatement.
But do I expect dinosaur Tom Brady with no Gronk and no offensive line to be able to match up well enough with a retooled Chiefs defense? Not exactly. Brady can’t run or hide from the pressure he is sure to face in this one. Likely going to need to