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Tom Brady, Buccaneers Fall to Chiefs as Tampa Bay's Defense Called Out by NFL Twitter

Doric SamOctober 3, 2022

TAMPA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 02: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers talks with offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich against the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter at Raymond James Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Tampa Bay Buccaneers star quarterback Tom Brady had a strong performance in Sunday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, but it all meant nothing after a disappointing showing from the Tampa Bay defense.

The Buccaneers suffered a 41-31 loss on Sunday Night Football as the Chiefs offense looked like a well-oiled machine. Brady finished with 385 yards and three touchdowns on 39-of-52 passing, but it wasn't enough to help Tampa Bay avoid its second straight loss.

Entering Sunday night's game, the Bucs were known for their strong defense. The team allowed an average of just 9.0 points through the first three weeks of the season; Kansas City surpassed that number in the first quarter.

It was surprising to see the Todd Bowles-coached defense struggle so much. Tampa Bay looked overmatched for much of the game as Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes toyed with the defense on multiple occasions. The Bucs also had trouble stopping the run, surrendering 189 yards and two scores on the ground.

NFL Twitter was not happy with the Buccaneers' defensive performance Sunday night and ripped the team's effort against Kansas City.

The Pewter Plank @ThePewterPlank

Alright, the “best defense in the NFL” narrative has died. The Chiefs might get to 50.

Booger @ESPNBooger

The Bucs defense thinks they can flip a switch and a lot of the times they can but this game has a way of humbling the best of us when u don’t play it the right way

Pete Sweeney @pgsween

The Chiefs are making a Bucs defense who has looked very good look very bad

Cameron Wolfe @CameronWolfe

The Bucs defense had allowed 27 points total through their 1st 3 games. <br><br>Tonight, Patrick Mahomes' Chiefs have put up 28 points in just the 1st half.

NFL on CBS 🏈 @NFLonCBS

41 points is the most given up by the Buccaneers over the past 3 seasons <a href="https://t.co/DvetfEHHj8">pic.twitter.com/DvetfEHHj8</a>

FantasyPros @FantasyPros

The Chiefs have clinically dismantled the Bucs defense tonight.

Jon Ledyard @LedyardNFLDraft

Bucs defense is so unimaginably bad in this game, that First down sacks don’t even slow the Chiefs down.

Josiah Johnson @KingJosiah54

Bucs defense tryna stop Mahomes <a href="https://t.co/IOx0mgVjnn">pic.twitter.com/IOx0mgVjnn</a>

Jeff Rosen @jeff_rosen88

The Buccaneers came in here with a very highly respected defense and through game-planning and execution and of course Mahomes, the Chiefs have made them look silly. Second half is gonna be time to prove it.

trey wingo @wingoz

The <a href="https://twitter.com/Chiefs?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Chiefs</a> are shredding the <a href="https://twitter.com/Buccaneers?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Buccaneers</a> defense

Chris Williamson @CWilliamson44

Kansas City saying this Bucs defense is chopped liver ?

nick wright @getnickwright

I know since it’s the Chiefs some folks will try to find a way to downplay this, but they shouldn’t. <br><br>This Bucs defense was (rightly) being called the best in the entire league. <br><br>It they were allowing 9 PPG. Hadn’t allowed more than 14 all year. <br><br>KC has hung 41 on them.

Evan Closky @ECloskyWTSP

41 points is the most given up by a Bucs defense since Todd Bowles has been here. Have to go to Week 9 in 2018 for the last time a Tampa Bay defense got pasted like this. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoBucs?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoBucs</a>

Caesars Sportsbook @CaesarsSports

Bucs defense tonight: <a href="https://t.co/OO45DdbNMN">pic.twitter.com/OO45DdbNMN</a>

FanDuel @FanDuel

Pat Mahomes vs. the Bucs defense: <a href="https://t.co/VDAsUQyCKg">pic.twitter.com/VDAsUQyCKg</a>

PointsBet Sportsbook @PointsBetUSA

The Buccaneers defense trying to stop Mahomes <a href="https://t.co/qDazEErzEn">pic.twitter.com/qDazEErzEn</a>

Mark Gunnels @MarkAGunnels

Now, they’ll say the Bucs defense is overrated instead of giving the Chiefs offense credit. We know how it goes. Rinse and repeat 🥱. <a href="https://t.co/LIuvnXWFLv">https://t.co/LIuvnXWFLv</a>

Brent⚜️🦤🌊🏈 @BrentNOLA_

Buccaneers defense today <a href="https://t.co/p3hLTLamoU">pic.twitter.com/p3hLTLamoU</a>

The Bucs entered the year with aspirations of competing for a trip to the Super Bowl. There's a chance that Sunday night's game is an anomaly, but it was still a concerning performance. It could indicate that Tampa Bay can't hang with the elite teams in the NFL.

While the loss is disappointing, it gives the Bucs a chance to reevaluate themselves as they enter the second quarter of the regular season. Tampa Bay (2-2) will look to end its two-game skid next week when they host the Atlanta Falcons (2-2).

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