With Hurricane Ian potentially having a severe impact on Tampa Bay, safety is a top priority. Because of this, the NFL is monitoring whether or not the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are allowed to host the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4 of Sunday Night Football.
The National Hurricane Center upgraded Ian to Category 2 on Monday, reflecting the Buccaneers to make plans to evacuate the city on Tuesday and spend the rest of the week training in Miami at the Dolphins’ training center. When the weather escalates and it is deemed unsafe,
The need to move the game is something that hopefully won’t happen, but if it does, here are some ideas of where the game could be moved for everyone’s safety and for the fairness of the game.
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If the league wants the Buccaneers to retain their competitive advantage, they could move the game to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The Dolphins take on the Cincinnati Bengals in “Thursday Night Football” this week, leaving the venue unused on Sunday night.
But what about another location? One in which fans know the Buccaneers quarterback all too well and loathe the Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs. What about New England?
Gillette Stadium is home to the New England Patriots and was the home of Tom Brady for two decades. Sure, there are some fans who are upset with Brady, bitter that he left the team and went south, but most fans across those six states still adore him. They idolize his skills and owe him a debt for the six championships he brought to the region during his years as a patriot.
When Brady returned to Foxborough for the first time since becoming a privateer, he was cheered by fans, many of whom donned his jersey. Most people make sure to watch both the Patriots and Buccaneers games each week and cheer for Brady like he’s still their own.
A New England game would bring in a lot of New Englanders, which in turn would bring in Brady fans. And with the Patriots playing Green Bay this weekend, the stadium is free.
Another reason New England would be a good pick for the Buccaneers is because of how the Patriot nation feels about the Chiefs. I’ll give you a hint: you’re not a fan.
Towards the end of Brady’s time alongside head coach Bill Belichick, the Patriots faced the Chiefs in several crucial games, including an AFC championship. At the beginning of Brady’s legacy, the Colts and the Broncos were the two main AFC rivals, but in the latter part of his career the chiefs were the greatest enemy.
Many New Englanders don’t like the comparisons between Brady and Mahomes, believing that their “golden boy” shouldn’t be compared to anyone.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid also has some history with the Patriots, having been the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles when the Patriots defeated them in Super Bowl XXXIX.
It would look pretty odd to see teams other than the New England Patriots playing at Gillette, so a second option would be Alumni Stadium, home of the Boston College football team. One issue with the Alumni Stadium is its 44,500 capacity, about 20,000 fewer than the Bucs’ home.
The league probably won’t send anyone to Boston if the weather is considered unsafe, but it’s not the worst idea.
https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/hurricane-ian-if-nfl-has-to-move-buccaneers-chiefs-due-to-inclement-weather-why-not-new-england/ Hurricane Ian: If the NFL has to move the Buccaneers chiefs because of inclement weather, why not New England?