The first official leak of the Bucs’ 2022 schedule is out and has Tampa Bay hosting Kansas City in Week 4 in prime time. The rematch of Super Bowl LV is on at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday Night Football on NBC on October 2 at 8:20 p.m. ET.

The Chiefs beat the Bucs in Week 12 in Tampa Bay, 27-24, in 2020. Patrick Mahomes passed for 462 yards and three touchdowns in that game prior to the Bucs’ bye in Week 13. Tampa Bay would not lose another game during the 2020 season after that, winning eight straight, including the rematch against Kansas City in Super Bowl LV, 31-9.

It was a different story in the rematch, as Todd Bowles’ defense hounded Mahomes all night. Mahomes was pressured on nearly every passing down, was sacked three times and threw two interceptions. The Bucs defense kept Mahomes and the Chiefs high-powered offense out of the end zone. Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady threw three first half touchdowns, including two to tight end Rob Gronkowski, and was named the MVP.

The Bucs fell short of repeating as Super Bowl champions last year. Despite a franchise-best 13-4 record, Tampa Bay lost at home to Los Angeles, 30-27, in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. The Rams went on to win Super Bowl LVI. Kansas City went 12-5 last year before losing at home to Cincinnati in overtime, 14-6, in the AFC Championship Game.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 27th 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 coordinator/defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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theman101
theman101
4 days ago

At Saints in Week 2
per PFT

drdneast
drdneast
4 days ago

I wish people would remember the reason we lost to the Cheifs in the regular season and the Rams twice last year was because of a poor pass rush.
In all three of those games Stafford and Mahomes had time to scan the field and find their third or fourth read. In the SB Mahomes was running for his life.
Brady had the same trouble in the division playoff against the Rams.
Everyone should quit worrying about who is playing on the back end and be more concerned about wht is going on in the trenches and front line.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  drdneast
4 days ago

Right about that one DrD. They go hand in hand, so the injuries in the secondary were certainly a factor. The Rams and Chiefs did that to a lot of teams.