Whoever Starts at Running Back
Whether it’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire or Darrel Williams starting at running back for the Chiefs, they’ll need to make the most of their carries. Williams has been the one leading the way throughout the playoffs so far, even getting the majority of the carries when Edwards-Helaire returned in the AFC Championship Game.
The Bucs have been solid against the run this year, which is going to make it tricky for either of these guys to get much done. Even if they can’t do much with their carries, they’ll need to at least make plays on the dink and dunk plays, which could be key considering how banged up the Chiefs’ o-line is. Mahomes might not have a ton of time to air out the pigskin, so Williams and Edwards-Helaire need to be on standby in case he’s about to get wrecked.
Then again, the 49ers were dominant against the run last year too and Damien Williams rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown against them in Super Bowl LIV. Just saying.
Getting pressure on Tom Brady is the key to beating him. We’ve seen it displayed time and time again, but it’s easier said than done. The Saints pummeled him in Week 9 of the regular season and as a result, he had the worst game of his career.
While the Chiefs probably won’t be that dominant, Frank Clark needs to get home at least once. Clark had a dominant outing in the AFC title game, sacking Josh Allen twice while also notching three tackles, two of which were for loss.
Clark has a tendency to turn on the jets in these big games, so hopefully, he shows up and really puts the heat on Brady. It’s going to be the key to stopping Brady and ensuring the Bucs don’t put up points.
If these five players have big games, the Kansas City Chiefs should be back-to-back Super Bowl champions.