Saturday, June 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs vs. Chiefs: By the numbers, what they're saying

The poll

Which factor contributed most to the Bucs' 24-22 loss to the Redskins?

Too many missed opportunities on offense: 42 percent

Poor tackling put them in an early hole: 21 percent

Too aggressive on Redskins' final drive: 18 percent

Too many penalties overall: 11 percent

Robert Griffin III was too much for them: 8 percent

Total: 946 votes

Inside the numbers

5-5 Bucs' record against the Chiefs, including 3-2 at home

9-7 Bucs' record when coming off a bye since 1996

15 Combined points by which the Bucs have lost their three games this season

19 Turnovers committed by the Chiefs this season, most in the league

551 Rushing yards by the Chiefs' Jamaal Charles, most in the league

What they're saying

It doesn't matter whether it's Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn or even Ricky Stanzi at quarterback. The Chiefs' offensive game plan for the immediate future appears to be established: run the ball. That might not be the most prudent plan of attack at Tampa Bay, which ranks fourth in the NFL in rush defense, 32nd against the pass and has allowed just one 100-yard rusher in four games.

Randy Covitz Kansas City Star

I was a big fan of Doug Martin during the evaluation period leading up to the draft, and I still like what he brings to the Bucs offense. But I feel he may be better served in a complementary role to LeGarrette Blount. Let Blount pound early and Martin clean up late.

Brian Billick Fox Sports

The picks

Two teams with quarterbacks on trial. Looks like Brady Quinn starts for the first time in three years in place of the concussed Matt Cassel (a blessed relief for coach Romeo Crennel, who was going to have to bench the eternally slumping Cassel anyway) while the regressing Josh Freeman (54.6 completion percentage) needs to be better. That starts with converting on more than 16 of 38 targets to the $11 million-a-year receiver, Vincent Jackson. Bucs, 13-10

Peter King Sports Illustrated

The Bucs are coming off a bye while the Chiefs are coming off a tough home loss to the Ravens. The Chiefs have big problems at quarterback — Brady Quinn gets the start — so they will try and pound it at Tampa Bay's defense. This will come down to what Josh Freeman does, and I think he gets it going. Bucs, 23-13.

Pete Prisco CBS Sports

The Bucs have lost three in a row. Maybe it's time for "High School Harry" Schiano to have a bonfire the night before the game. At least the Chiefs won't have to worry about what happens in the victory formation. Bucs, 16-13

Gerry Dulac Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bucs vs. Chiefs

1 p.m., Raymond James Stadium, Tampa

Radio: 620-AM, 103.5-FM

Line/over-under: Bucs by 4, 40½

Week 1 Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 6Week 7Week 8Week 9Week 10Week 11Week 12Week 13Week 14Week 15Week 16Week 17
Panthers

Bucs 16, Panthers 10

1-0

at Giants

Giants 41, Bucs 34

1-1

at Cowboys

Cowboys 1 6, Bucs 10

1-2

Redskins

Redskins 24, Bucs 22

1-3

Chiefs

1 p.m. today

Saints

1 p.m. Oct. 21, Ch. 13 *

at Vikings

8:20 p.m. Oct. 25, NFL

at Raiders

4 p.m. Nov. 4, Ch. 13

Chargers

1 p.m. Nov. 11, Ch. 10 *

at Panthers

1 p.m. Nov. 18, Ch. 13

Falcons

1 p.m. Nov. 25, Ch. 13 *

at Broncos

4 p.m. Dec. 2, Ch. 13 *

Eagles

1 p.m. Dec. 9, Ch. 13 *

at Saints

1 p.m. Dec. 16, NFL *

Rams

1 p.m. Dec. 23, Ch. 13 *

at Falcons

1 p.m. Dec. 30, Ch. 13

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