We're almost done with our series of questions with SB Nation's Bucs Nation to prepare for tonight's game. If you missed it. we talked about the Chiefs offense against the Bucs defense and the Chiefs defense against the Bucs offense, as well as some Josh Freeman talk.
What I've learned throughout this is that the Bucs and Chiefs are pretty damn similar teams. The Bucs won 10 games last year and their 2010 season was just like the Chiefs but they played in a better division so no playoff spot. Josh Freeman put up numbers like QB Matt Cassel. The rookies were a major part of their success.
There are a lot of similarities. So I asked Bucs Nation to sum up their season and predict how it will go in just a few sentences.
This season I see the Bucs progressing as a team and playing better than last year, but a tougher schedule will keep that progress from showing up in the win column. While the offense should be more or less the same, the defense should have three rookie starters which will likely hurt them a little. Overall, I'll say the Bucs will win 9 games and with a little bit of luck that would mean winning a Wild Card playoff spot.
That first sentence...you could replace it with Chiefs and you've heard it hundreds of times around Chiefs fans. KC is an up-and-coming with a major test this year with the schedule.
So let's see who wins this battle of up-and-coming teams. Like Bucs fans, I'm optimistic so I'll take the Chiefs.