NFL Thanksgiving Weekend: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Kansas City Chiefs Prediction and Analysis

Published 11/28/2020, 10:30 AM EST
Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers succumbed to a narrow 24-27 loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams in Week 11. Brady, in particular, had a bad day on the field during that outing.

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He will look to redeem himself with a convincing display against the reigning Super Bowl champions on Thanksgiving weekend.

Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs remain the most-feared NFL team in the league. They are on an 8-1 record heading into Week 12. Their last loss came in Week 5 at the hands of their AFC West rivals, Las Vegas Raiders.

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Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 12 Game Day predictions.

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Tom Brady will agree that his performance on Monday night against the Rams was far from his usual standards. The 43-year-old was brought to Florida in order to guide the Buccaneers to the Playoffs and possibly even a Super Bowl.

But the Bucs remain second in the NFC South Division table behind New Orleans Saints. Head coach Bruce Arians is banking on his big-name players such as Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, Mike Evans, and Chris Godwin to come through on Sunday at the Raymond James Stadium.

The pressure will be on the Shaquill Griffin and Ndamukong Suh-led defense to stop the free-flowing Chiefs attack driven by Patrick Mahomes.

The Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs looking to maintain their winning streak

The Andy Reid-led Kansas City Chiefs have been in terrific form throughout the 2020 season. They will look to maintain their winning run with a strong display against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Along with Mahomes, the rest of the Chiefs offense, including Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Clyde Edward-Helaire, and Le’Veon Bell, will be looking to heap misery on the misfiring Buccaneers.

Coach Reid could be boosted by the return of experienced wide receiver Sammy Watkins in Week 12. The Bucs defense led by Frank Clark and Chris Jones will also be kept busy in Florida over the Thanksgiving weekend.

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Tampa Bay – Out

CB Jamel Dean – Concussion

TE Tanner Hudson – Not injury related

C A.Q. Shipley – Knee

Questionable

LT Donovan Smith – Ankle

LG Ali Marpet – Concussion

Kansas City – None

Buccaneers vs Chiefs Prediction

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 – 33 Kansas City Chiefs

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Nov 8, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) celebrates with quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) after scoring against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes is part of the NFL MVP conversation this season alongside Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Ben Roethlisberger. The Chiefs are favorites heading into this tie in Week 12.

Tom Brady will be eager to prove a point against his doubters by bagging an unlikely win this weekend. But we don’t think that will be possible considering how the Chiefs have been performing recently.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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