Tampa Bay (7-4) is playing host to the Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) at Raymond James Stadium.
The Buccaneers are 2-4 against teams that are at or above .500 this regular season and face another challenging opponent for the second straight week. If they want any chance at proving they belong among the NFL’s best, they must make it a game on Sunday to prove that if they make the playoffs they can go a long way.
So while the Bucs have to go bold on the field to beat the Chiefs, let’s try to make some bold predictions.
Jason: The Bucs need to figure out how to right the ship and get some balance back in the game plan. The only time Ronald Jones II ran for over 100 yards and still lost was week five against the Bears. That’s because they failed to punch it into the end zone. But every other game they were able to get RoJo effectively running the ball, they were able to pull out the win. Arians and Leftwich need to figure out a way for RoJo to carry this team. I’m going bold and predicting Jones will run for over 100 yards and punch it in for a touchdown against the Chiefs.
Bailey: The Buccaneer defense can feel hit-or-miss a lot of the time. There’s a ton of talent on that side of the ball, but there are times when things just don’t work. Even when an opposing quarterback is managing to find a groove against these guys, though, there always seems to be a couple of big plays that are made that help keep the team in the game. We saw that last week against Jared Goff and the Rams. This week, two of those plays are coming via interceptions of Patrick Mahomes—doubling his interception total for the season.
David: The Buccaneers need a big boost from their defense as the offense continues figuring out how to consistently produce solid possessions. I’m looking at the two captains to provide that boost as Lavonte David and Devin White combine for one of everything. Tackle for loss, sack, interception, fumble forced and recovered, all of it.
Evan: The Bucs are going to be amped for this game and Brady is going to want to silence all the doubters (what else is new?) over the last few days. This is a game where your stars shine, so I’m predicting a 100+ receiving yards EACH for Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and AB.
James: Since his arrival in Tampa Bay, Antonio Brown has received a solid amount of targets. One thing that has not come out of those has been a connection on the deep ball with Tom Brady. In fact, that's something that's been missing from this Bucs offense in general over the past handful of weeks. That said, my bold prediction is that Brady will have two touchdown passes of forty-plus yards and one of those will go to Antonio Brown - which will prove to be the game winner.
Editor’s Pick by Gil Arcia: This game screams trouble for the Buccaneers. For them to have any shot at beating Kansas City, they need to go right for the heart of their team. Mahomes needs to feel the heat and feel it often. So I like Bailey’s bold prediction for this week.
Which bold prediction do you like for Week 12?
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RoJo runs for 100+
Bucs force INTs
White/David get TFLs, FFs, INTs, etc.
100+ rec. yards for Evans, Godwin, Brown
Two TD passes of 40+ yards for Brady, one being GW TD to AB