The Superbowl is here, and lucky for us, we have seen this matchup already. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers played the Chiefs in week 12, in an exciting game, to say the least.
Now, both teams are hot, and both are looking for the Lombardi trophy to take home, even though the Buccaneers are already home. It is safe to say these two teams are some of the most talented in the NFL.
A big part of that talent comes on the offensive side. Both the Buccaneers and Chiefs have exceptional receiving units. However, the Buccaneers receiving group is the one to look out for the most.
Yes, the Chiefs have already stopped them once. However, this is the Superbowl and Tom Brady we are talking about, so anything is possible. The matchup between Tampa Bay’s receivers and Kansas City’s defensive backs will be one to watch.
Buccaneers Receiving Group This Season
Let’s just start with the best receiver on the Buccaneers this season. That would be Mike Evans, who has been that for his team every year since coming into the league.
Evans finished with a little over 1000 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. Pro Football Focus graded him at a 74 overall and a 75 in receiving for this season.
When Evans played Kansas City back in week 12, he struggled a bit. Of course, he still got his numbers with 50 yards and two touchdowns. However, he graded at 66.7 overall.
Evans was matched up with Bashaud Breeland a lot in that week 12 matchup. Breeland got the best of that duel, as he finished with an 84.5 grade and allowed Evans to just seven yards and a touchdown.
The defensive back for Kansas City that did not do so well when matched up with Evans was Charvarious Ward. He allowed Evans to get 43 yards and a touchdown on just two catches.
When this matchup comes, Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will decide which cornerback he wants on Evans. Mainly because there are still two others to worry about in this game alone.
This is a receiver who has really come into his own the last few seasons. Of course, he is only in his third season, but Chris Godwin is already one of the league’s best.
The numbers may not show how elite he is, but Godwin can explode for a big play at any time. His 840 yards and seven touchdowns were impressive, considering Mike Evans being the first option.
On the season, Pro Football Focus graded him higher than Evans. His overall grade a 79.7, and his receiving grade at 80.2. Those are fantastic grades from the number two receiving option on any offense.
Instead of Mike Evans having a big game against Kansas City in week 12, it was Godwin. The touchdowns weren’t there, but the yards were. Godwin finished with a 73.4 overall grade against Kansas City to go along with 97 yards.
The majority of those yards were allowed by both Juan Thornhill and Rashad Fenton. The two combined allowed Godwin 72 yards on the night. The best matchup for him in week 12 was L’Jarius Sneed, who allowed only ten yards and finished with a PFF grade of 83.3.
It may not be too far fetched to say Antonio Brown is an all-time great receiver. With a million receiving yards in Pittsburgh, his Hall-of-fame jacket may be waiting for him already, but who knows.
Brown has only played in eight games this season, so his numbers are not what you would expect. However, there are times when he still looks like his old self.
With just under 500 yards on the season, Antonio Brown still pulled in four touchdowns. Even though he hasn’t played much, PFF graded him very high for this season.
Brown’s overall grade for 2020 is at 85.8, and his receiving at 86. While he only played eight games, he did play against Kansas City in week 12. However, week 12 was not his best outing, as he finished with just 11 yards.
He was primarily matched up with Charvarious Ward, who didn’t have a great game but did an excellent job on Brown in that game. It is unclear yet who will get the workload of snaps covering Brown in the Superbowl. However, the Chiefs are ready for anything Brady throws at them.
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