The matchup between the two rivals who recently met in the Super Bowl is set to take place on Sunday night as Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are heading to Tampa to take on Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. However, Hurricane Yang has changed the way teams prepare for an important clash and may even postpone the game altogether.
Hours after the National Hurricane Center designated Jena a Hurricane 2 category on Monday, the Buccaneers finalized their Tampa evacuation plans Tuesday and spent the rest of the week practicing at the Dolphins’ training center in Miami. according to Jonathan Jones, Leading CBS Sports NFL Insider. As the Dolphins play the Bengals away this Thursday, their stadium and fields have been available for use.
In the meantime, the NFL continues to monitor the development of the storm to determine if the Buccaneers’ Sunday night game against the Chiefs can proceed as scheduled in Tampa.
According to Tampa Bay TimesBuccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said earlier Monday that the team is working with the NFL to put together contingency plans in case they are forced to reschedule Sunday’s game.
“We’re still monitoring the situation right now, but we’re working with the league and we’re hopeful that we’ll make a decision later today on what we’re going to do,” Bowles said. via Rick Stroud.
While Miami may be where the Bucks are training this week, ESPN reports that the NFL is unlikely to use Miami as a new playground if it is forced to relocate. The reason is that the NFL doesn’t want to risk using public resources to host a game in Miami when it can help Tampa Bay with the hurricane relief effort.
With that in mind, the report adds that the Bucs and Chiefs are likely to play on no man’s land in the Midwest, such as Minneapolis. The Vikings are in London for their Week 4 game against the Saints, so US Bank Stadium will be available.
Hurricane Yan made landfall in Cuba early Tuesday morning as a Category 3 storm. per Washington Post. For now, forecasts indicate that the hurricane will have the most impact/landfall in Tampa from Wednesday through Thursday.