Some in the league office, if being candid, would say that they’d prefer to play the Super Bowl this Sunday, not next Sunday. With more time between games, players, coaches, and essential staff will have more chances to be exposed to the virus.

It becomes more important than ever for everyone associated with the Chiefs and Buccaneers to be extra careful over the next 12 days at the team facility, and to be even more cautious when away from work.

“I think our guys have done a great, great job of being accountable to each other with COVID all year and will continue to do that,” Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians told reporters on Monday. “We talked about family and friends testing before they ever enter your home, making sure everybody’s tested and being very, very smart about it.”

The possibility of visitors becomes even more significant for the Buccaneers, since the Super Bowl is in Tampa.