Friday, April 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs vs. Chiefs: Scouting report

With Tampa Bay coming off a bye and the Chiefs having issues at quarterback — backup Brady Quinn is starting — the Bucs have a great shot to win. Their offense is overdue for a complete performance.

Chiefs' top offensive player

Jamaal Charles, right, leads the NFL in rushing with 551 yards, and there's no secret stopping him is the key to today's game. His speed is difficult to contend with, so the Bucs need to keep him from reaching the perimeter.

Chiefs' top defensive player

End Tamba Hali, left, totaled 26½ sacks in 2010 and 2011 and has three in four games this season. His pressure is the primary reason the Chiefs have allowed just 205.8 passing yards per game.

The Bucs must avoid …

First- and second-down penalties that throw off offensive play-calling. That was a problem in the past two games, including the three against the Redskins two weeks ago.

What the Chiefs do best

Run, run and run some more. They average 35 carries per game, third most in the league. Their 5.2 yards per carry are second in the league, behind the 49ers' 6.1. In addition to Jamaal Charles, their offensive line is big reason why.

How you beat the Chiefs

At least for today, create third and longs in which Brady Quinn will have to throw the ball. The Bucs have a capable secondary and might be able to take advantage of a player who has not started a game since Dec. 12, 2009, and thrown only two passes since.

Projected starters

BUCS

OFFENSE

WR: Vincent Jackson

LT: Donald Penn

LG: Carl Nicks

C: Jeremy Zuttah

RG: Jeremy Trueblood

RT: Demar Dotson

TE: Dallas Clark

WR: Mike Williams

QB: Josh Freeman

RB: Doug Martin

FB: Erik Lorig

DEFENSE

LDE: Michael Bennett

DT: Gerald McCoy

DT: Roy Miller

RDE: Daniel

Te'o-Nesheim

SLB: Quincy Black

MLB: Mason Foster

WLB: Lavonte David

CB: E.J. Biggers

CB: Eric Wright

SS: Mark Barron

FS: Ronde Barber

special teams

PR: Roscoe Parrish

KR: Arrelious Benn

PK: Connor Barth

P/KO: Michael Koenen

Chiefs

OFFENSE

WR: Jon Baldwin

LT: Branden Albert

LG: Jeff Allen

C: Ryan Lilja

RG: Jon Asamoah

RT: Eric Winston

TE: Tony Moeaki

TE: Steve Maneri

WR: Dwayne Bowe

RB: Brady Quinn

FB: Jamaal Charles

DEFENSE

LDE: Tyson Jackson

NT: Dontari Poe

RDE: Allen Bailey

LB: Justin Houston

LB: Jovan Belcher

LB: Derrick Johnson

LB: Tamba Hali

CB: Brandon Flowers

CB: Stanford Routt

SS: Eric Berry

FS: Abram Elam

Special teams

PR: Javier Arenas

KR: Shaun Draughn

PK/KO: Ryan Succop

P: Dustin Colquitt

Injury report

Chiefs: Out — QB Matt Cassel (concussion), DE Glenn Dorsey (calf), RB Peyton Hillis (ankle), WR Devon Wylie (hamstring). Questionable WR Jon Baldwin (hamstring), WR Terrance Copper (calf), RB Cyrus Gray (illness), DE Ropati Pitoitua (elbow). Probable CB Jalil Brown (hamstring), RB Shaun Draughn (ankle), S Kendrick Lewis (shoulder), G Ryan Lilja (back)

Bucs: Questionable DT Roy Miller (back). Probable G Carl Nicks (toe), T Jeremy Trueblood (illness), CB Eric Wright (head)

Stat pack



1 p.m., Raymond James Stadium, Tampa | Radio: 620-AM, 103.5-FM | Line, O/U: Bucs by 4, 40½

Prediction

Bucs 20, Chiefs 17

Rushing yards

passing yards

total yards

Rushing yards allowed

passing yards allowed

total yards allowed

Bucs

chiefs

91.0 (23rd)

180.8 (2nd)

185.0 (29th)

221.6 (23rd)

276.0 (30th)

402.4 (4th)

73.8 (4th)

121.0 (22nd)

345.3 (32nd)

205.8 (8th)

419.0 (27th)

326.8 (10th)

Comments
NFL draft confessions: The Bucs set the trap, and I took the cheese on Johnny Manziel

NFL draft confessions: The Bucs set the trap, and I took the cheese on Johnny Manziel

TAMPA — The NFL draft is one big game of Liar's Poker. Deal me out.Even the guys with a seat at the table don't know when someone is bluffing.Bucs general manager Jason Licht knows that the team's No. 7 overall pick this year will be affected b...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Bucs’ Jameis Winston, Mike Evans catch Miami Heat game from courtside

Bucs’ Jameis Winston, Mike Evans catch Miami Heat game from courtside

We've seen Jameis Winston and Mike Evans bonding this offseason, going to Texas A&M pro day together, among other events. The two Bucs stars and their significant others double-dated Thursday night, getting courtside seats to watch the Miami Heat in ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Bucs have a tough start to their schedule

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Bucs have a tough start to their schedule

The NFL did the Bucs no favors with their 2018 schedule, Rick Stroud says, making them open at New Orleans, followed by home games against Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Plus, linebacker Kendall Beckwith had surgery to repair a broken ankle, p...
Published: 04/20/18
Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

TAMPA — How good can the Bucs be in 2018? Fans will get a good sense in the first three weeks, as Tampa Bay opens the year with three of its toughest games, all against reigning division champions. The Bucs open 2018 in New Orleans on Sept. 9 ...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18
Bucs linebacker Kendell Beckwith fractured ankle in car accident

Bucs linebacker Kendell Beckwith fractured ankle in car accident

TAMPA – Bucs linebacker Kendell Beckwith had surgery to repair a broken ankle he suffered in a car accident in Louisiana last week, putting his status for the start of the season in question.Beckwith was passenger in car driven by former L...
Published: 04/19/18
Bucs’ home schedule leaked: Hosting Eagles in Week 2

Bucs’ home schedule leaked: Hosting Eagles in Week 2

The 2018 NFL schedule won't be released until 8 p.m. tonight, but the Bucs' eight home games were posted early — and presumably accidentally — on the team's site, showing what would be a daunting start to the upcoming season.Multiple outl...
Published: 04/19/18
Is Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick a first-round fit for the Bucs?

Is Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick a first-round fit for the Bucs?

Minkah FitzpatrickPosition: SafetyCollege: AlabamaHeight/Weight: 6-1, 201Draft projection: First roundWhy Fitzpatrick makes sense for the BucsOne of the Bucs' biggest needs is to improve their secondary. Fitzpatrick is a playmaker, arguably the best ...
Published: 04/17/18
Jameis Winston set to make $21 million in 2019 as Bucs pick up his option

Jameis Winston set to make $21 million in 2019 as Bucs pick up his option

TAMPA — Jameis Winston is headed for a big pay day after this season, whether he gets a contract extension or not.The Bucs on Tuesday picked up the fifth-year option on Winston's rookie contract worth $20.9 million for 2019. The deal is not gua...
Published: 04/17/18
Get to know potential Bucs NFL draft target Vita Vea of Washington

Get to know potential Bucs NFL draft target Vita Vea of Washington

As next week's NFL draft nears, Bucs fans might want to learn a little more about a potential target at No. 7: Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea.The 6-foot-4, 347-pound monster moves very well for someone his size and could be an intriguing option...
Published: 04/17/18
DeSean Jackson and Jameis Winston were in perfect harmony on Day 1

DeSean Jackson and Jameis Winston were in perfect harmony on Day 1

TAMPA — DeSean Jackson and Jameis Winston were finally on the same page.For the first day of the offseason workout program, anyway.Jackson, 31, is coming off one of the worst seasons of his 10-year career with 50 catches for only 668 yards and ...
Published: 04/16/18