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Debunking the Myth of the Buccaneers’ ‘advantage’ on the court over the Chiefs in Super Bowl 55

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The Buccaneers play on their home turf at Raymond James Stadium when they face the Chiefs on Sunday (6:30 p.m. ET, CBS) in Super Bowl 55. While Tampa Bay is the first real host team to get to the Super Bowl, that means Kansas City is the first real road team in the usual neutral venue NFL championship game.

The question is whether this is an advantage for the Buccaneers over the game. There is no doubt that their coaches and players, like everyone in the league, are creatures of habit and prefer to have a more stable routine. and consistent – which made the situation more comfortable before the game.

Tom Brady explained this when asked about the situation at the start of his Super Bowl week media availability.

“I’m happy to be in my own bed. I am happy to eat good things at home. I’m glad I had more time to prepare, ”Brady said. “I don’t have to travel, I don’t have to pack my clothes, pack all my other crap. It’s our own changing room, our own practice ground. At the end of the day, there are some real positives to be learned.

Brady went through the rigors of Super Bowl week nine times before 2021, and after a while he normalized with the Patriots. But the Buccaneers have limited Super Bowl experience beyond Brady and mostly field a young home side that didn’t even make the playoffs until 2020.

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For these players, not worrying about disruption is important, especially after battling hard in three road playoff games to return to Tampa as the NFC’s top wildcard team. The Buccaneers didn’t need to catch a flight or adjust to different types of hotel life before a game of the biggest magnitude.

In most years that would also help them calm down the hype, noise, and media blitz of Super Bowl week. But with COVID-19 protocols in place, there isn’t the same glaring spotlight on either team with virtual interviews and much less of the pre-game hype. This leads to a limited attendance of 22,000 fans at the match with around a third of the stadium full. Like every Super Bowl, it will be a divided crowd.

While the Bucs get a little help, the bosses won’t be affected. They also chose to stay in Kansas City to keep their regular season routine and will only travel to Tampa on Saturday night, which isn’t much different from a typical road game.

The Chiefs were 8-2 at home this season, including the playoffs, but were 8-0 away from Arrowhead Stadium. Including Super Bowl 54 on the 49ers in Miami a year ago, the Chiefs have won 12 straight road games. Their last away loss was in Nashville against the Titans on November 10, 2019. It was their only road loss this season.

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The Buccaneers have gone 5-3 at home this season, losing to the Saints, Rams and ultimately Chiefs, 27-24 in Week 12. in week 8.

Being the home team, the Buccaneers have managed to choose their jerseys first and wisely went with the traditional road whites. Brady went 4-1 in the Super Bowls in white for the Patriots and 2-2 when he didn’t. This adds to the reason why the White Jersey teams have won 13 of the last 16 Super Bowls and 34 of 54 in total. The Chiefs were one of those teams as a designated home team in Super Bowl 54.

Color of us skeptical, it’s a big deal when Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid are on the other side. The Buccaneers face a team of Chiefs who not only experienced winning everything last year and hope to continue winning this year, but also a team that has been tested on the road and in combat.

The Bucs have the advantage on the pitch in the sense that there is no additional disadvantage. But in terms of intimidating or challenging the leaders, there is no such advantage. They have proven they feel too comfortable on the road, including in Tampa just two months ago.


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