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Buccaneers game day is approaching, and it’s time for the PewterReport.com staff to offer up its weekly game predictions. Let us know what you think in the article comments section and add your prediction, too.

WHEN: Sunday, February 7, 2021
KICKOFF: 6:30 p.m. ET
WHERE: Raymond James Stadium
TV: CBS
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Jim Nantz
ANALYST:
Tony Romo
SIDELINE: Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn, Jay Feely
RADIO: 98 ROCK 97.9 FM
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Gene Deckerhoff
ANALYST: Dave Moore
SIDLINE: T.J. Rives
SPANISH RADIO: 96.1 FM
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Carlos Bohorquez
ANALYST: Martin Gramatica

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Scott Reynolds: Bucs Beat Chiefs For 2nd Super Bowl Victory

Fire the cannons! The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will make history, winning their second Super Bowl title at home in Raymond James Stadium, beating the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch of Week 12. The key for the Bucs offense will be getting to 30 points, as the team is 11-0 in games in which Tampa Bay has scored 30 points or more, including the last six games. Quarterback Tom Brady wins his seventh Super Bowl ring and is the game’s MVP after throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in the victory, which will be the Bucs’ eighth win in a row – a new franchise record.

Bucs OLBs Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes

Bucs OLBs Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has two key players back that were missing in Week 12 in nose tackle Vita Vea and cornerback Jamel Dean. Vea was out with a fractured ankle in the first match-up, but pushed the pocket in his return to action in Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game, which helped outside linebackers Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquil Barrett combine for five sacks. Look for a similar type of performance against Kansas City.

It will be interesting to see how Bowles deploys Dean, who is the fastest defensive back on the team. Will he draw Tyreek Hill in coverage? For more of my Bucs vs. Chiefs Super Bowl LV preview and my 8 Match-ups To Watch on offense and defense, check out my latest SR’s Fab 5.

Reynolds’ Score Prediction: Buccaneers 34, Chiefs 31
Reynolds’ Season Record: 15-4
Super Bowl MVP Prediction: QB Tom Brady

Mark Cook: Fairytale Season Continues For Bucs

Admit it Bucs fans. While you were hopeful and optimistic, did you really honestly believe the Bucs would be here – at least this year? Sure you knew they would be better than their 7-9 2019 season, but in the Super Bowl? In a pandemic year, with a new quarterback and virtually zero offseason work? Yet here we are and it’s the story only Hollywood would write. Of course in order for it to be a blockbuster movie the Buccaneers need to cap it off with a win. And they will.

We’ve had nearly two weeks now of all the breakdowns and matchup discussion. I’m sure most of you are sick of reading and listening to it and are just ready for the game to kickoff, so I’ll spare you the technical details. The Bucs and Chiefs will go toe to toe for four quarters but in the end the Bucs defense will make one more play than the Chiefs and when the clock strikes zero, the Buccaneers will be on a podium hosting their second Lombardi Trophy.

Enjoy the win Bucs fans, especially those who sat through the losing streak in 2008 that cost Jon Gruden his job, the ones who saw Josh Freeman and Jameis Winston become first round draft picks only to never lead the team to the playoffs, and those fans who suffered through the Lovie Smith and Greg “Toes on the line” Schiano years. For those of you in Raymond James when Winston threw a pick-6 in overtime to finish off the 2019 year with a loss to the Falcons, this one is for you.

Cook’s Score Prediction: Buccaneers 31, Chiefs 26
Cook’s Season Record: 14-5
Super Bowl MVP Prediction: QB Tom Brady

Jon Ledyard: Bucs Prevail In A Walk-Off Super Bowl Win

It’s been a wild season in Tampa Bay, so what’s one more wild finish? The Bucs will have their hands full with the NFL’s best team this season, including a quarterback that no team has found a blueprint to defeat in Patrick Mahomes. But after facing the Chiefs in Week 12, I think the Bucs defense will have a much different plan of attack that includes more two-high coverages and increased attention on Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Can the Chiefs other weapons step up?

The Bucs haven’t played their best game yet, and they’ll probably need to on Sunday. I think they do it. With more answers to pressure in their scheme than they had in Week 12, a hot start from Tampa Bay’s offense could put Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s unit on their heels, especially if the Bucs get aggressive on early downs and increase their play-action from the last meeting. There is still plenty of unexpected shots Tampa Bay can throw at Kansas City, while the Bucs defense continues their opportunistic postseason with a turnover or two.

In the end, this game probably comes down to a play or two, and I’m guessing Tom Brady and Chris Godwin make them. A late fourth quarter drive with the score knotted at 30 brings kicker Ryan Succop onto the field for the game-winning try – and he nails it for a walk-off victory and the Bucs second Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

Ledyard’s Score Prediction: Buccaneers 33, Chiefs 30
Ledyard’s Season Record: 17-2
Super Bowl MVP Prediction: WR Chris Godwin

Matt Matera: Bucs Make Super Bowl History At Home

The Bucs come into their own stadium for Super Bowl LV as underdogs against the Chiefs, and though it seems like Kansas City can look unstoppable at times, they’re not unbeatable. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you just can’t doubt the GOAT Tom Brady in these situations, especially after already playing them this season. 

Tampa Bay will  need to get home with a four-man pass rush. It worked against Aaron Rodgers, but Patrick Mahomes is another story. He gets the ball out in a blink of an eye, and their wide receivers are more dangerous once they’re out in space with the ball. The Chiefs will be without their starting tackles, so Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul can attack all game. I’m more curious to see what the secondary will do as it’s important to implement two safeties for most of the game. They won’t shut out Kansas City, but they have to make them drive down the field rather than allow quick shots.

In order for the Bucs to win it all they’ll need to score at least 30 points. This offense is vastly improved from the last match-up, and that includes Antonio Brown, who’s much more adjusted to his role. The Bucs will try to establish the run, but they have to be ready to change course if it’s taking too long to manifest. The Bucs must exploit the Chiefs over the middle of the field and defeat their linebackers. Whether that’s Rob Gronkowski or even sending Chris Godwin to these areas, someone’s going to have a huge game. Don’t be surprised if Mike Evans scores his third touchdown of the postseason as well. When it comes to big moments, I’m taking Brady each time. The Bucs celebrate a Super Bowl win at home.

Matera’s Score Prediction: Buccaneers 34, Chiefs 31
Matera’s Season Record: 15-4
Super Bowl MVP Prediction: WR Chris Godwin

Taylor Jenkins: Bucs Finish Miracle Season With Super Bowl Victory

they’ll get a second crack at their toughest competition of the season in the Chiefs, after dropping a 27-24 contest to Kansas City in Week 12.I said that the Bucs would have to be at their absolute best to beat the Saints and Packers as they battled their way through a tough NFC playoff bracket, and while they weren’t necessarily perfect, they played high-quality, complimentary football to earn a spot in the big game.

As the Chiefs boast an offensive unit that’s full of speed and rolls out arguably the best receiver, tight end and quarterback in the game, Tampa Bay will once again need a masterful performance. The Bucs will need to deploy two-high looks to try and keep a cap on the aforementioned speed. This will likely leave Tampa Bay’s defense countering with Cover 2 looks in the secondary, leaving a lot of pressure on Lavonte David, Devin White and Sean Murphy-Bunting to slow down Travis Kelce. The biggest advantage the Bucs’ defense will have is the return of defensive tackle Vita Vea coinciding with a patchwork offensive line that the Chiefs will deploy as they will be without both starting tackles due to injury and a starting guard. This will be crucial to not only pressuring Patrick Mahomes, but keeping him contained and away from making plays outside of the pocket. Offensively we know the talent that Tampa Bay has in their own right, but they will have to start consistently and not let themselves fall into a quick hole like the early 17-0 deficit they found themselves in in Week 12, specifically avoiding the consistent third-and-long situations that they were able to overcome against Green Bay. A strong running game will help, but Tampa Bay will also have to avoid repeating past mistakes of staying behind schedule with predictable early-down and inefficient runs. In a game where the Bucs’ offense needs to put up 35 points or more, so the execution will have to be razor sharp.

While the Bucs will enter Ray Jay as the underdogs on Sunday evening, they were the underdogs heading into New Orleans and Green Bay as well. If the Super Bowl has taught us anything in the past it’s that you don’t necessarily have to be the best team, you just have to be the best team that day. And with Tom Brady at the helm and the game being played in the Bucs’ own backyard, I have to pick Tampa Bay grinding out one more upset in this miraculous season

Jenkins’ Score Prediction: Buccaneers 37, Chiefs 34
Jenkins’ Season Record: 14-5
Super Bowl MVP Prediction: QB Tom Brady

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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Mike Pengelly
7 months ago

It would be a dream come true for this ex-Pat / now Bucs fan who will follow Brady to the promised land—I hope !! We need Brate…he has been clutch and a solid blocker. All hands on deck and rattle that Mahomes character. It’s the key to our win. Don’t like that I see JPP not participating in practice?

Lawdy
Reply to  Mike Pengelly
7 months ago

he routinely gets an extra day off from practicing because his chronic knee problem and because hes a veteran. he’ll be playing

Last edited 7 months ago by Lawdy
plopes808
Reply to  Mike Pengelly
7 months ago

nothing to worry about, JPP frequently gets extra maintenance days as he is one of the higher mileage guys on the team

Buc76
7 months ago

Glad to see all of you pick the Bucs. Bucs 34 Chiefs 19. You heard it here 1st. Stifling Bucs Defense clamps down on Kansas City. They are making a 50 degree change in weather with only 1 day to adjust. That will wear them down in the 2nd half.

nitey
Reply to  Buc76
7 months ago

I think the Bucs will win 28-23. No field goals from the Bucs, just four touchdowns. Two on the ground and two through the air. KC settles for 2 TDs and 3 FGs which is the difference. Bucs pull out the game at the end with 14 unanswered points. Game ends on a defensive turnover with KC driving.
Might as well make it specific <g>!

KhanRada
7 months ago

Prediction: Buccaneers 55, Chiefs 27
“Attacking is the best defense.” Sun Tzu. They know they have to score a mountain of points in order to beat Mahomes and Andy Reid. Better safe then sorry.. Defense plays aggressive and Shaq Barret gets 3 sacks again and a sack fumble.
MVP Shaq Barret
Secret MVP Vita Vea consumes up double teams. Catches a touchdown. New nickname the “Flying Fridge.” A better version of the Fridge. William Perry of the Chicago Bears

SufferingSince76
7 months ago

We’ll have to start calling Tampa Titletown ll!

TBChucky
7 months ago

Seems like most of the optimism has been down here in Tampa! But that’s basically been true throughout the playoffs besides WFT.. Glad the game is almost here.. GO BUCS!!

fredster
7 months ago

31-27 Bucs of course.

SaskBucs
7 months ago

Bucs 38 Chiefs 26
MVP White- 1 sack, 1 FR, 1 INT, 1 TD

Spitfire
7 months ago

You all picked the Bucs as you should and told us how they need to win IF they will. Thank You Guys. That gets me fired up! I just can’t stand that people are already anointing Mahomes the future GOAT. He’s had 3 seasons actually playing. You gotta put together a 15-20 year career and put up numbers and championships on a consistent basis to be considered a challenger for the GOAT. KC will not be a dynasty. Eventually their players will be looking to get paid and Mahomes won’t last getting Turf Toe and choked out all the time.… Read more »

Spitfire
7 months ago

KC is sloppy this year. They managed to win all but 1 game but it wasn’t from them fighting hard the whole time. Our Defense is gonna get on them early and often and you will see Mahomes get frustrated despite everyone claiming he never does and the mistakes will get worse. I have confidence we will make the proper adjustments and be ready for whatever they throw at us. We are gonna see 4 quarters of what we put up in 3 in week 12 and even though there is a chance KC goes high flyin and scores all… Read more »

ScottC543
7 months ago

I’m going 38 – 31, Bucs. If the defense scores (can anyone say strip-sack) our margin of victory will be double-digits.

Last edited 7 months ago by ScottC543
plopes808
7 months ago

For all the hype the offense has gotten all season, the defense have been the unsung heroes of the season. This will continue in the SB as offensively we are slightly better than KC, but on defense we are miles ahead.

PewterHeart
7 months ago

35-31 Bucs.
I still cant belief it all! Not enough time to let any of it sink in, from TB12 being signed, an outstanding year, and the Super bowl!! Two times in my lifetime! First time in high school, this time with wife and two kids!

flashgordon
7 months ago

The Bucs are in the Superbowl again. Since I became a Bucs fan, the Bucs have gone to the Superbowl twice now. So therefore, the Bucs will . . . Win! Seriously – I don’t think there’s much more that I can bring from what’s already been said. One thing I haven’t heard much is Mahomes ball security. Brees and Rodgers proved to be good at not fumbling the ball when getting pressured and sacked. But, how well does Mahomes protect the ball hen getting sacked? I’d expect Mahomes to get hit if not sacked. The Chief’s oline is perhaps… Read more »

hanks9872
7 months ago

I think due to the O-Line of KC, the Bucs will win by 17.

Saints Fan
7 months ago

The Greatest Show on Turf and defending champs Seahawrks were highly regarded like the Chiefs and favored to beat the Pats. Of course, Brady won and with less talent than he has on the Bucs.

seat26
7 months ago

I never thought we would get here. I didn’t believe in the strategy of bringing in a handful of expensive old guys, as I believed it was a short-sighted plan based on the notion that we were only one player away from being a Superbowl team, and here we are in the Superbowl! Licht was right and I was wrong. No matter what transpires on Sunday, Licht is a winner. He got us to the Superbowl. I have to give him credit. He took a gamble and it paid off big-time. On that note, I am predicting the Bucs will… Read more »

Dave
7 months ago

Man this is a tough one. My heart says Bucs avenge their week 12 loss. But my eyes say Chiefs are just that good, and are very hard to beat, when they put forth 100% effort. If we’re going to win this game, it’s going to have to be because of 3 things. 1) Brady turns it over 1 or 0 times. 2) we get consistent pressure on Mahomes with 4. And 3) we don’t allow Hill or Kelce to go bananas. If we do those 3 things, we can absolutely win. Unfortunately, aside from Mahomes having an extremely rare… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by Dave
cobraboy
7 months ago

I don’t want this week to end! I expect an offensive curveball from Reid to avoid a solid front 3 of the Bucs vs. a beat-up OL, and to nullify speedy LBs. I expect a lot of RPO from Mahomes, especially early on. Gets the D running sideways with DBs sneaking toward the LoS in run support wide, and allows TE and WR to find moving holes in the D. This works for Mahomes because he can throw accurately without setting his feet. I expect the Bucs to pound the ground on O with a balanced run/pass game, maybe 32… Read more »

BigSombrero
7 months ago

Tom Brady has proven the doubters (like me) wrong : big time. Wirfs has too.

Tired arm? Wrong.
Poor accuracy? Wrong.
Over rated? Wrong.
Relies on Bill B? Wrong.
Relies on #87? Wrong.

Brady gets Arians, David, Evans, and the previous #12 the ring he promised them.

Bucs 38
Chiefs 28

Last edited 7 months ago by BigSombrero
scubog
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

It sure is refreshing when someone is willing to alter their point of view once the facts prove to be more accurate than “their truth”.

BigSombrero
Reply to  scubog
7 months ago

I will be wearing my #54 all day today. I really want have high hopes for him to be MVP for SB55. Few players have been overlooked and disregarded as often as David. It’s important for him to come up big vs Kelce tonight. If he can limit Kelce’s effectiveness, the Bucs have an amazing chance to win the game in my (very humble) opinion.

player101
7 months ago

Dang, I love the optimism! Go Bucs!

player101
Reply to  player101
7 months ago

PS: Game MVP, Cameron Brate, they are going to deek KC with Gronk and Brate is going to play a key role in this game.

scubog
7 months ago

I suspect the Chiefs are a very confident and maybe even over-confident group since they have been riding high ever since Mahomes arrived. This guy makes plays that few have ever done before. He makes “chicken salad out of chicken $hit” as the saying goes. He avoids the pass rush, not by stepping up, not by rolling right or left, but by backing up; and then is able to launch the ball downfield to his receivers as accurately as if it was a play that had been practiced all week. He plays like the kid in school who is just… Read more »

Naplesfan
7 months ago

Love the fact that most of the major media hacks are picking against the Bucs .. all the sweeter when the Bucs prove them wrong, as they did all through the post-season.
Bucs 35-Chiefs 24
TB-12 picks up his fifth Super Bowl MVP

Dude
7 months ago

My prediction; the Bucs win 31-24! The defense shows up in a big way, gets Mahomes rattled, and he plays one of his worst games ever. Gronk, Brown, Evans, and Fournette, all have big games with a solid performance from Godwin. Great coaching and play calling has the Bucs playing a near perfect game. When the clock hits 00:00 on the scoreboard with the Bucs on top 31-24, off in the distance two faint pops could be heard across the United States in Raymond James stadium, as the Rams and Chargers have their dreams burst of being the first team… Read more »

Captain Sly
7 months ago

Give my Big Game prediction in here: In a prime time rematch Bucs prove to everyone that defense still wins championships. Vea’s Return spells trouble for Mahomes who will try to do too much costing turnovers and keeping the Bucs offense on the field. Bucs with Brady play it close to the vest, limit mistakes, taking what the defense gives them to get out to a comfortable lead. Meanwhile on the other side KC is panicking because they’re not used to playing from behind so they keep dialing up the deep ball with no success and the Bucs keep pulling… Read more »

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