Take It To The Bank!

February 4th, 2021

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The strangest season in the NFL’s 100-year history is destined to end in surreal style.

It has to end with Tom Brady cradling the Vince Lombardi Trophy, surrounded by all the teammates and coaches he has inspired. It has to end with this NFL backwater called Tampa Bay preparing a parade route after a Super Bowl week like no other.

Before the 2020 season began, nobody would have been surprised to see the Chiefs run it back. Franchises like the Patriots, Cowboys,

Steelers, Dolphins and Packers know what it’s like to win consecutive Super Bowls.

But only the Buc die-hards truly believed Tampa Bay would be standing here, representing the NFC in the league’s showcase event. The skeptics had a field day when the Bucs fell to 7-5 before the bye week, triggering speculation Brady couldn’t throw deep anymore and questioning the relationship between Brady and the coaching staff.

Oh ye of little faith. You know who you are and it’s too late to jump back on the bandwagon.

Destiny aside, the Bucs will be showered with confetti Sunday evening for one simple reason: they have the better team. Across the board, with few exceptions, Tampa Bay has superior talent.

The problem? Those few exceptions may be enough for the defending champs.

In Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, the three best players on the field will be in Kansas City uniforms.

“The difference will be the Chiefs’ superstars showing up in one or two critical moments,” says ESPN analyst Terrell Davis. “Sometimes, that’s all it takes.”

Tell John Lynch

Kelce and Hill are first-team All-Pros while Mahomes is a generational talent with incredible flair. The throw he made to Hill to turn last year’s Super Bowl around will live forever in NFL lore as Lynch grimaced on the sidelines.

Great play design, great route and great pass, all against a superb 49ers defense that couldn’t protect a 10-point lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Mahomes can do that to you in the blink of an eye, but he needs help. He needed almost four seconds to heave that dramatic pass to Hill and Mahomes just got it off before DeForest Buckner leveled him off a stunt. The Bucs won’t give Mahomes that kind of time on Sunday.

Even with their two starting tackles, the offensive line of the Chiefs is a mediocre unit. Rarely does Mahomes enjoy a clean pocket – and now Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz are both sidelined.

“One of the things I don’t think people are talking enough about is the state of the Chiefs’ offensive line,” Jon Gruden said on The Cris Collinsworth podcast. “The Buccaneers can rush. They can rush you, man. It’s going to be hard to drop back and hold the ball and wait for some of those deep patterns. I’m a little bit concerned about that matchup if I’m Kansas City.”

The Bucs have a better running game and a far better offensive line.

Give the Chiefs a slight edge in the secondary, but the linebacker position is no contest. And in case you haven’t noticed, Kansas City’s special teams have been anything but special in the past two postseasons.

The Chiefs boast some exceptional players, but in the immortal words of Dennis Green, I’m not ready to crown their ass. Mahomes, Hill and Kelce cover up some significant flaws.

The Pick Is In

With Mahomes and Brady on the field, throw out all the usual late-game strategies. Clock management will be critical, especially in the final moments, because neither team will trust its defense to hold a lead against these two stalwarts.

Punting the football will be considered a last resort.

By 10 p.m. on Sunday, Tampa Bay’s grand experiment will be considered one of the great gambles in NFL history. The Bucs have been the league’s biggest story since Brady arrived and this yarn will end in grand style.

Bucs 31, Chiefs 27.

End of story.

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13 Responses to “Take It To The Bank!”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Sounds good to me…..I’d like our defense to give Mahomes “turf-a$$” to go along with his turf toe…..

  2. Dew Says:


  3. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Wait…as a Chiefs fan first…is Ira trying the Ol’ Double Cross/Jinx?! 🙂
    A special team…a special season…here’s hoping you’re right Mr. Kaufman!

  4. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Biggest story yet nfl.com ran more stories about the Browns or other teams.

  5. Hodad Says:

    Their skill players can’t do crap if our D line dominates the line of scrimmage. I’d be more worried if their O line was stacked with pro bowlers instead of a TE, and Hill. That’s where the game will be won, or lost, up front as always.

  6. Jersey buc Says:

    I agree with this take. Vita coming back is huge!!
    James Jones on NFL network can’t keep chiefs D out of his mouth. Saying KC run game is better than the Bucs is absurd! No one is talking about Bucs defense. Everyone is on mahomes who is a great talent. But I agree with Ira think overall top to bottom Bucs have the better team. We shall see. I think we win!!

  7. Tony Liga Says:

    A great summation and thank you Ira. You are right in saying the Chiefs are over rated on their offensive line and special teams. It seems like Vita Vea will be the key to getting the rush up the middle with our edge rushers closing on either side.
    Watching the Atlanta vs. Chiefs game was very revealing. The Falcons bottled up the Chiefs all day long with their mediocre defense. The Bucs will too
    Tampa 34 Kansas City 24.

  8. chris L Says:


  9. tickrdr Says:

    tickrdr Says:
    October 26th, 2020 at 12:15 am

    DBS Says:
    October 25th, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Halloween is this week and we are NOT talking draft!!
    As I posted earlier, I’ve been dreaming of “with the 32nd pick in the first round, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select” …………..!


  10. PSL Bob Says:

    Man Ira, I hope you’re right. How sweet that will be!

  11. gp Says:

    ***But only the Buc die-hards truly believed Tampa Bay would be standing here, representing the NFC in the league’s showcase event.***

    Every year, baby, Every year!

  12. james west Says:

    damn IRA this coming from you, an adamant CHIEF FAN, I do respect your HONOST OPINION, and I will, TAKE IT TO THE BANK!!!!!! LFG BUCS!!!!

  13. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    Here’s the kind of game I see. Close almost all of the way.

    17-17 at the half. Chiefs up 27-24 after three quarters. Bucs score the last 10 points of the game. Final 34-27.