Buccaneers: 3 predictions for Super Bowl versus the Chiefs

Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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The Buccaneers are on the verge of their second Super Bowl appearance.

We are almost two days away from the Buccaneers facing off with the Chiefs for the second time this season in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs escaped Tampa once this season with a win, and the Bucs will try to right the ship in this franchise-changing game.

Here are three predictions for the game that go more in-depth than just a score.

Buccaneers prediction #1

Patrick Mahomes gets sacked more times in this game than he has in both of the previous games combined.

The Buccaneer pass rush is coming off one of their best games ever. Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul practically had a free path to Aaron Rodgers throughout the NFC Championship game, and the Bucs will need to recreate this success if they want to keep Mahomes from catching fire early.

The Chiefs only surrendered two total sacks so far in the playoffs this year, and the Bucs could easily top that amount during the first half this weekend. With injuries to both of the primary starting tackles, the Chiefs will have to throw everything at the edges to keep Mahomes’ jersey clean.

After finding success against much better competition throughout the season, the Buccaneers can confidently rely on their pass rush against the best quarterback in the NFL.