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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)

Bucs vs. Chiefs: Scouting report 10/13/12 [Last modified: Saturday, October 13, 2012 6:27pm]
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