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Kansas City Chiefs-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Predictions from the Tampa Bay Times Sports staff

Published Nov. 20, 2016

Here are the Tampa Bay Times Sports staff's predictions for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' game against the Kansas City Chiefs at 1 p.m. Sunday in Kansas City:

Greg Auman @gregauman

Bucs could play as well as they did against the Bears and still lose here. Limit turnovers and run the ball from the start and they could pull off the upset. Chiefs are good at consistently winning close games. Prediction: Kansas City 24-20.

Thomas Bassinger @tometrics

For the Bucs to win, they'll have to out-Chiefs the Chiefs. This means no turnovers, few three-and-outs and perhaps a defensive touchdown.

Just one giveaway will be too much against a team that has turned the ball over once in its past five games. Prediction: Kansas City 24-10

Martin Fennelly @mjfennelly

The Chiefs have won 17 of their last 19 regular-season games. The Bucs have not. It's a bad matchup for the lads, but they'll keep it close provided all those injured Chiefs (Justin Houston, Jeremy Maclin et al) don't find their way onto the field.

Too much Kansas City defense. Throw in Andy Reid's head-coaching experience over Dirk Koetter's head-coaching inexperience. Prediction: Kansas City 27-20.

Ernest Hooper @hoop4you

Whether it's barbecue or visiting teams, Kansas City is a good placed to get smoked. Arrowhead Stadium is no place for the Bucs to go looking for a road win. Look for the Chiefs to control possession, harass Jameis Winston and force some decisive turnovers. Prediction: Kansas City 27-20

Tom Jones @tomwjones

The Bucs are coming off a solid victory against the Bears, but this week they move up to play a varsity team. A really good varsity team.

Kansas City might be the best team in the AFC not named New England, and it is especially tough at home. Could be a long day for the Bucs. Prediction: Kansas City 24-10.

Rick Stroud @NFLStroud

This may be the Bucs toughest game on the road, where they have won three times already this year. The Chiefs thrive on turnovers and crowd noise at Arrowhead contributes to it. Prediction: Kansas City 24-17.


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