The Bucs offense scored 31 points, but couldn’t slow down the Chiefs

We’ll take a 2-2 start though.

click to enlarge Tom Brady (R) and this Bucs offense, at least, looked more in sync, with Brady matching Patrick Mahomes’ three TDs, so that’s encouraging - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Tom Brady (R) and this Bucs offense, at least, looked more in sync, with Brady matching Patrick Mahomes’ three TDs, so that’s encouraging
Well, it was a shootout, but the Bucs simply could not keep up—and I’m not entirely sure there are many teams who could have kept up with the Chiefs on Sunday night.

Patrick Mahome looked like, well, Patrick Mahomes, making ridiculous throws from all sorts of angles and leading Kansas City to a 41-31 victory while racking up 249 yards and a trio of touchdowns.

Tom Brady and this Bucs offense, at least, looked more in sync, with Brady matching Mahomes’ three TDs, so that’s encouraging. But Tampa Bay ran the ball a measly six times, bringing to mind that 2020 thumping they took against the Saints where the Bucs set the NFL record for the least number of rushing attempts in a game with five.

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While the defense looked awful, it’s no time to panic. Kansas City is a ridiculously good offensive team, and was incredibly motivated. The Chiefs took a huge loss at Raymond James during that 2020-21 Super Bowl, and I’m sure they haven’t forgotten about it just like the rest of us.

Sitting at 2-2 to start the season, the Bucs could be in a lot worse shape than this. Their offense is just now starting to come along, and their front seven, defensively, is still one of the more talented groups in football. There’s plenty of season left, and the Bucs will be playing a lot of important football games to end the season.

So enough about this game; it’s still early, and the Bucs are still a very good team in a very bad NFC South.

Speaking of the NFC South, the Saints and Panthers both fell to 1-3 with losses Sunday, but the Falcons managed to get back to .500 with a win against the Cleveland Browns. So it’s certainly discouraging to see the Bucs get trounced at home, but the good news is that every other team in the division is in even worse shape.

The Bucs could easily go undefeated in the division, and that could be huge for a schedule that’s loaded with some tough opponents like the Ravens, Bengals, 49ers, and Cardinals. They will need to take advantage of those gimme games within the division if they want to be able to get some form of home field advantage for the postseason.

The Bucs luckily get to play the Falcons next week, so hopefully the game will bring about some sort of joy for a team that’s dropped its first two home games of the season.
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