Well, here we are another Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs. If it is to be another Kansas City Super Bowl Win then the three keys highlighted below will certainly play a part in that success. The Kansas City Chiefs will go up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their quest for another Lombardi. It’s the second time that these two teams will meet this season with Kansas City having won the first game.
Week 12 ended with a 27-24 Chiefs victory where Tyreek Hill took over. The speedy wide receiver finished with over 200 yards and three touchdowns. Tampa will need to have an answer for him this time. Since Tampa Bay has already had a look at the Chiefs here are the three keys to a Kansas City Super Bowl win.
3 KEYS TO A KANSAS CITY SUPER BOWL WIN
KEY 1: PRESSURE TOM BRADY
Tom Brady is one of the best to ever do it. His pocket presence and awareness are some of the best there is in the league. When his offensive line gave him a secure pocket he was able to dissect defenses and pile up the points. When he faced pressure however the results weren’t quite the same. This easily makes this the biggest key to a Kansas City Super Bowl win.
So far in the playoffs, Brady has attempted 88 passes not facing pressure. He has completed 54 of them for a 61.4% completion rate. When faced with pressure the completion rate drops drastically to 28.6%. A huge difference that Steve Spagnuolo will need to take advantage of.
A slight issue with that is that the Tampa Bay offensive line just doesn’t give up pressures. In 2020 the offensive line has been one of the best units in the team’s history. Throughout the season Tom Brady was only sacked 21 times. In the playoffs, he has only been sacked five times. A strong offensive line, as well as Brady’s pocket presence, has allowed him to operate relatively unscathed.
One man who can get to Brady is star defensive end, Chris Jones. In his career, he has developed a knack for getting to the quarterback. Jones finished the 2020 season with 7.5 sacks, yet to register one in the playoffs he will be gunning for Tom Brady come Sunday. The real star of the Kansas defense is Tyrann Mathieu and the rest of the secondary.
If Tom Brady is pressured he has shown that he is capable of a terrible throw or two. When that happens look for Mathieu and his speed to cover the field and look for any opportunity to make a huge defensive play. With one big interception already in the playoffs, he will be looking to pick off the GOAT and help his team to a second Super Bowl win in a row.
If the Chiefs can dial up the pressure and make Tom Brady uncomfortable in the pocket then this could get out of hand quickly for the Buccaneers.
KEY 2: Don’t Get Down Early
The second nessage that we have, should have already been taken in by the Chiefs after last season. They fell behind and almost lost to Tennessee on their way to the first Kansas City Super Bowl win in 50 years. In the Patrick Mahomes playoff era, the Kansas City Chiefs have shown that they love a comeback. In their 2019 winning campaign, they went down in all three of their playoff appearances before mounting a comeback.
First, they mounted a comeback against the Houston Texans and Deshaun Watson. Then it was Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans on the way to the fourth-quarter comeback against the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. Even in this year, they found themselves down early to the Buffalo Bills and Josh Allen. As good as all these quarterbacks are they are not Tom Brady.
In the conference championship game, the Green Bay Packers elected not to go for it on fourth down and gave Brady the ball back. Hoping that their defense could force a turnover the Packers failed to stop Brady and he was able to see the clock out. Brady once again showed his calmness and poise to see out a vital game. If Kansas finds themselves down by double digits in the fourth quarter again then Tom Brady will more than likely be accepting his seventh Lombardi.
KEY 3: Keep Mahomes Upright
Going into the Super Bowl the Kansas City Chiefs are having to prepare whilst missing some key pieces. Offensive Tackle Mitchell Schwartz will not be suiting up for the Chiefs along with left tackle Eric Fisher. Before an Achilles injury, Fisher only gave up three sacks all season and protected Mahomes extremely well.
With Patrick Mahomes also dealing with a dose of turf toe, the Chiefs will need to be wary about his scrambling ability. Throughout his career, he has shown a knack for picking up the first down with his legs if he can’t get an open receiver. With a makeshift offensive line, Mahomes scrambling ability could have been on full show. Unfortunately, the turf toe is going to make that a lot harder.
If Tampa Bay can get pressure with three or four-man rushes then it could be a long night for Mahomes and the Chiefs. However, if the makeshift offensive line can stop the rush and force Tampa to send more on a blitz, then Mahomes will have the time to find one of his many weapons and take advantage of the Buccaneers’ secondary.
Bonus Key For a Kansas City Super Bowl Victory
A positive for the Chiefs is that Tampa is unlikely to blitz too often given what happened earlier in the year. With speedsters like Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman, the Buccaneers can’t afford to sell out in order to get to Mahomes. Mahomes is extremely good at recognizing the blitz and with a huge amount of receiving talent he normally gets out of trouble. So, if the Chiefs receivers can beat the press and get open, it won’t matter how good Tampa’s pass-rush is doing, it will end up as a Kansas City Super Bowl victory. If not, then Tampa definitely has a chance in what should be a close game regardless of the victor.
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