Buccaneers at Chiefs: Five Game-Changing Players
By Bailey Adams
Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston can only hope he doesn’t see a lot of Kansas City’s Dee Ford on Sunday. Ford is tied for the league lead in sacks with 10, recording at least one in five games this year. He has six and a half sacks in the last three games. In week eight, he torched the Colts, picking up three and a half sacks. His hot streak could continue on Sunday, which would make life very difficult for the Bucs.
With the First Pick
The Tampa Bay offensive line hasn’t been at its best lately. Joe Hawley, Kevin Pamphile and Evan Smith are all banged up, which leaves some inexperience on the line. Ben Gottschalk filled in at center when Smith went down, while Caleb Benenoch filled in for Pamphile. The Bucs will need their line to step up on Sunday, especially facing some heavy blitzes from Ford.
Keeping Winston upright is obviously a priority for Tampa Bay. He is the franchise’s future, and making sure he stays healthy is key to any success it wants to have. Ford has 10 of the Chiefs’ 18 sacks this year. He will be a tough man to stop on Sunday, but he must be contained if the Bucs want any shot at winning on the road.