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Nov 13, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) against the Chicago Bears at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers won 36-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Heading into Week 11 of the NFL, things are coming into shape for several teams. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers  are one team still trying to fight in a very crowded NFC South. They are in Kansas City to take on the 7-2 Chiefs today.

The Chiefs are looking to extend their winning streak to six games in a row. A victory lets them keep the first spot in the AFC West Standings from the Oakland Raiders. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers will try to maintain their momentum after their 36-10 victory over the Chicago Bears on Week 10.

Nov 13, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) before being stripped of the ball by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters (22) with 29 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs defeated the Panthers 20-17 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Defense, defense and more defense

The Chiefs’ winning formula in the last five games has been their efficiency and solidity to keep teams away from scoring points. They have allowed 18.7 points per game this season, seventh best in the league. They have a quick and staggering approach by their secondary team to attack the quarterback when he is holding the ball. Derrick Johnson and Dee Ford‘s defensive reading and athleticism are two of the main weapons of this Chiefs’ defensive unit.

Nov 13, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) against the Chicago Bears at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers won 36-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
 Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t Rush It, Tampa, Just Pass It

Receiver Mike Evans will be crucial for the Buccaneers if they want to leave Kansas City with a victory. Some of the reasons why he is the leader in touchdowns (8) and receiving yards (811) of his team are his amazing footwork when dribbling rivals and accurate eye-read plays from his quarterback. Evans’ involvement on offense will be more important than ever because of the foot injury of RB Jacquizz Rodgers.

Nov 6, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon (24) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters (22) during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
 Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Mr. Interception

In the world of sports, it is crucial for every team – no matter the discipline – to have an identity in its style of play. The Chiefs found theirs on the defensive side of the field. But it is important to have the proper cast and its protagonist for that strategy to be effective. Marcus Peters is definitely the protagonist of his cast. The defensive back is a relentless treat for any quarterback in the league. His eye-on-the-ball vision is probably the best in football. He is tied with Casey Hayward, corner back for the San Diego Chargers, in the table of passes intercepted leaders with five each one.

Nov 13, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) points against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Chicago Bears 36-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Be Patient, Jameis

This season, Bucs fans have had a good long look at what Winston offers. The FSU product is starting to feel more confident about being the leader of his squad – at least that is what his second-year stats tell. The 2015 NFL Rookie of The Year has dismantled defenses with his projectile arm throughout the whole season. He has enough mobility to run the field and find receivers. That is why he is seventh place in touchdowns with 19.  He’s not without his warts, though. He is tied for fifth place with Eli Manning with 10 interceptions. The Buccaneers’ offensive line might already know that they will need to take care of Winston’s pick struggles to increase their chances of beating the Chiefs.

Kick off is at 1 p.m.

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