Can Bucs find enough offense to beat Chiefs?

by Gary Shelton on October 1, 2022

in general

Saturday, 4 a.m.

There is a chance, just a chance, that Tom Brady gets Chris Godwin back this week.

There is also a chance, even if it just a chance, that Brady gets Julio Jones back.

And while we're at it, there is a chance, and "chance" cannot be overly stressed, that Brady gets Donovan Smith back.

He'll get Mike Evans back, too.

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But will all of that mean the Bucs will get their offense back?

It hasn't happened so far. Despite the riches dedicated to their offense, the Bucs have scored all of 51 points in three games. And with Kansas City coming to town, who's to say it will be any better? The running game hasn't done much since Week One, and the offensive line isn't getting a lot of movement, and there have been fumbles and penalties and failed red zone opportunities and bad game management.

So far, the supposedly explosive offense of the Bucs has fizzled. Against the Chiefs, their victim in the 2020 Super Bowl, that's dangerous. Even considering that their defense has played 2 1/2 good games, the Bucs are going to have to be able to score points against Patrick Mahomes and his weapons.

Can they win? Sure.

Will they? We'll see.

Prediction: Kansas City 24, Tampa Bay 21.

In other games:

New Orleans 21, Minnesota 19.

Buffalo 30, Baltimore 20.

Green Bay 28, New England 21.

Philadelphia 21, Jacksonville 14.

L.A. Rams 23, San Francisco 14.

And in the college games:

East Carolina 26, USF 14.

Wake Forest 27, FSU 20.

Alabama 37, Arkansas 21.

Georgia 40, Missouri 3.

Florida 35, Eastern Washington 21.

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