The Chiefs on Sunday likely will be facing Tom Brady for the very last time.
Brady, who is 45 and briefly retired earlier this year, has played the Chiefs 13 times in his career and has an 8-5 record. He is 3-0 in postseason games against the Chiefs, including Super Bowl LV.
The Chiefs on Sunday will be back at the site of that Super Bowl when they travel to Raymond James Stadium for a “Sunday Night Football” matchup against the Buccaneers.
Each week, I take an early look at the Chiefs’ next opponent, and here is a quick scouting report of the Bucs before Sunday’s game. Kickoff is at 7:20 p.m., and the game will air on KSHB (Ch. 41).
The Chiefs and Buccaneers both have a 2-1 record and are coming off ugly losses. Tampa Bay lost 14-12 to Green Bay at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, while the Chiefs made a month’s worth of mistakes in a 20-17 loss at Indianapolis.
The Buccaneers lead the all-time series 8-6.
The Buccaneers’ scoring offense is 22nd in the NFL (17 points per game), and Chiefs fans who watched Tampa Bay’s loss to the Packers may have been encouraged by Brady’s struggles.
But the Buccaneers were without some key players, many of whom are expected back for the Chiefs game.
Wide receiver Mike Evans’s one-game suspension is over and NFL.com said Julio Jones (knee injury) could have played against the Packers, which means he’ll likely be ready for the Chiefs. Chris Godwin (hamstring) also was out.
Tampa Bay is tied for 27th in third-down conversions (28.6%), and CBS noted Sunday the Buccaneers are one of two teams without a first-half touchdown (the Giants are the other) this season.
The Buccaneers’ are 29th in yards per rushing attempt and 22nd in passing yardage.
On the flip side, the Buccaneers have the NFL’s top scoring defense, allowing 9 points a game. Tampa Bay also leads the league with eight turnovers (five interceptions and three fumble recoveries).
Tampa Bay is tied for second with 11 sacks (linebacker Devin White has three), and blitzes on 21.7% of dropbacks, the eighth-most in the NFL.
The Buccaneers are a sure-tackling team, with just six missed tackles this season. Only four NFL teams have fewer.
Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks is out because of a torn plantar fascia in his foot and he is not expected to face the Chiefs.