Wed. May 12th, 2021

The Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers simulated the speed of each other’s respective playmakers, prepared for changes in game tempo and altered their play-calling techniques this week for Sunday’s Super Bowl LV.

Tampa Bay and Kansas City remained at their home facilities throughout the week as a safety precaution for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). The Buccaneers will play in their home stadium for the Super Bowl. The Chiefs are to arrive in Tampa, Florida on Monday.

Despite the major changes in the format for a typical Super Bowl week, the teams have used the time to progressively ramp up their energy so they are at peak performance levels when the game kicks off at the Raymond James Stadium on Monday.

The Buccaneers and Chiefs must not only be in great physical shape, but also in top mental form when they compete for the Vince Lombardi trophy.

“It’s a slow build-up, I think, for this game,” Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady told reporters Thursday during Zoom conference call. “It’s two weeks of preparation.

“You feel like the physical stuff is pretty much done. At this point, it’s just going through in your head different situations, scenarios, all your different calls that you have, just thinking about how they’re going to play us. … You really can’t leave any stone unturned.”

Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is one of the toughest matchups in the NFL for opposing defenders. Hill is lightning-fast and has freakish lateral agility, which allows him to run past defenders often forces missed tackles.

Not many teams have been able to contain the 5-foot-10, 185-pound playmaker, but the Buccaneers prepared to handle the All-Pro in an inventive way.Tampa Bay used practice squad wide receiver Cyril Grayson as a clone for Hill in practice. Grayson, a 5-foot-9, 183-pound LSU product, won four national championships as a college track star.

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