2. Patrick Mahomes vs. Tom Brady
Fans of high-flying aerial attacks should tune in when the Chiefs and Buccaneers tangle on Sunday afternoon. Both Mahomes and Brady are going to get plenty of opportunities to sling the ball down the field.
The Buccaneers field the more conventional passing attack of the two teams. Brady’s throwing the ball down the field with real precision. That’s powered him to 23 touchdowns against seven interceptions on the campaign. The Chiefs’ secondary will place a great deal of emphasis on pushing that interception total higher this weekend.
Mahomes is the more versatile passer of the pair. He has the arm strength to make big plays down the field, but the Chiefs also work hard to outmaneuver their opponents on the perimeter. The Buccaneers will really struggle to handle Kansas City’s speed whether it’s being utilized on vertical or horizontal passing routes.
The winner of this game will be the team whose quarterback avoids making the big mistake. Brady’s been good this season, but he has suffered from a big interception upon occasion. Don’t be surprised if that’s his undoing in his duel against Mahomes.