No. 1: Buccaneers Wide Receiver Mike Evans
One of the primary reasons why the Chiefs advanced past the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship game was by shutting down Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs and not letting him become the key X-factor.
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For years, Kansas City’s defense was a massive weakness, and the secondary was no exception. But after some key acquisitions in recent years, this isn’t quite the case. After all, the Chiefs allowed a total of just 3,779 pass yards during the regular season, which ranked 14th best — quite the accomplishment considering opponents were frequently playing from behind and had to use the pass game to catch up.
That said, the Chiefs haven’t exactly had to face big-bodied threats like Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans.
Evans, who made his postseason debut this season, will assuredly use his massive 6-foot-5, 231-pound frame to great effect during the game. And going back to that Week 12 Bucs loss to Kansas City, Evans was still a massive force, recording three catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns.
So, while Tom Brady won’t be afraid to target Rob Gronkowski, Evans will likely wind up getting the lion’s share of targets.
And for all the right reasons, too.
Super Bowl 55 kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 6:40 p.m. ET from Raymond James Stadium.