|Game: Kansas City Chiefs (16-2) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (14-5) |
Location: Raymond James Stadium
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Not much change on the NFL betting lines over the last day. The Chiefs are still posted as the sportsbook as 3½-point favorites with slightly reduced juice. The moneyline moved a nickel in favor of the Bucs. The total remains steady at 56½.
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Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs hit the practice field again on Thursday. Afterwards, they discussed how happy they were to still be working from home, and then filed the exact same report they did the day before.
That means both WR Sammy Watkins (calf) and RB Le’Veon Bell’s (knee) remain questionable, limited to their individual workouts during practice. Coach Andy Reid didn’t offer any insight different than the day before about the two, which suggests they’ll both be playing Sunday on a snap count.
Both LT Eric Fisher (Achilles’) and MLB Willie Gay (knee) were the only two players deemed out, and in a conventional week may have been sent to injured reserve by now.
Meanwhile, no news is good news as WR Demarcus Robinson and backup C Daniel Kilgore continue to wait out their negative COVID tests. They remain on the COVID-IR with the hopes of being cleared sometime Saturday.
If his toe was causing any issue, they weren’t letting on. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill described Patrick Mahomes on Thursday as “throwing crazy dots. Like he usually throws dots, but the dots he’s been throwing lately have been crazy. I’m pretty fired up. I’m excited about that”.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers continued their modified practice schedule by holding a late-day practice on Thursday. The post report they filed brought some surprise news, both good and bad.
The good news was WR Antonio Brown’s knee improved enough to return to full practice and have his injury designation removed. It’s a boost to have him cleared, and he’ll hopefully return to the Friday practice without any further swelling and be a go on Sunday.
The bad news was the appearance of TE Cameron Brate who showed up on the injury report as questionable, after his back kept him limited Thursday. He’ll be one to watch on Friday and the subject of questions in the next media availability.
The safeties Antoine Winfield (ankle) and Jordan Whitehead (shoulder) both remained limited during Thursday’s practice and still carry the questionable tag. Again, Winfield expects to play but Whitehead’s shoulder injury sustained in the Championship game puts him a little close to doubtful.
Also not fully explained, ILB Lavonte David (hamstring) remained limited for a second day. He too is still listed as questionable and will be one to look for when final designations are given out on Friday afternoon.
Finally, DE Jason Pierre-Paul was again given the practice day off on account of his knee. Coach Bruce Arians later described him as running around the field like a kid. So it made sense they later described him as having limited practice, and continue to keep the questionable tag.