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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 10/14/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




KANSAS CITY (1 - 4) at TAMPA BAY (1 - 3)
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Week 6 Sunday, 10/14/2012 1:00 PM
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214TAMPA BAY-3-4.5
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games1-4-1.42-33-218.86.4403.2(5.7)3.829.016.2326.8(6)0.8
Road Games1-1+1.61-11-122.03.0466.0(6)3.029.515.5333.5(6.1)0.5
Last 3 Games1-2+0.62-11-217.75.0400.3(5.4)4.323.313.3293.0(5.4)1.3
Grass Games0-3-31-22-116.78.7361.3(5.5)4.328.716.7322.3(6)1.0
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)18.86.423.633:0535-182(5.2)21-3659.2%222(6.2)71-403(5.7)(21.4)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.611.422.730:2429-136(4.7)23-3563.5%257(7.3)64-393(6.1)(16)
Offense Road Games22.03.026.036:3534-211(6.1)24-4357.0%254(5.9)77-466(6)(21.2)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.26.413.62130:5624-107(4.4)24-3862.9%266(7.1)62-373(6)(14.1)
Defense Road Games29.515.514.527:4127-142(5.2)15-2754.5%191(7)55-333(6.1)(11.3)
KANSAS CITY - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.112.12.813-541.4%1-060.0%3-64(23.8)25-2(11)6-52
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-436.2%0-00.0%3-66(25.3)1-22(18.3)5-43
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.20.51.7 13-542.5%0-050.0%2-64(25.8)18-2(11.3)6-52
Stats Against (Road Games) 12-540.0%0-00.0%3-56(18.7)2-50(25)4-47

TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games1-3-2.13-12-220.512.5276.0(5)1.222.711.0419.0(6.7)2.0
Home Games1-1-0.11-11-119.09.5315.5(5.4)0.517.010.5387.5(7)1.0
Last 3 Games0-3-3.42-12-122.012.3282.0(5.3)1.727.014.7458.3(6.8)2.0
Grass Games1-1-0.11-11-119.09.5315.5(5.4)0.517.010.5387.5(7)1.0
TAMPA BAY - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)20.512.515.029:3925-91(3.6)16-3054.6%185(6.2)55-276(5)(13.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.611.619.830:1326-109(4.2)21-3363.7%252(7.6)59-361(6.1)(14.6)
Offense Home Games19.09.517.032:3427-105(3.9)20-3163.5%210(6.7)58-315(5.4)(16.6)
Defense (All Games)22.711.022.030:2123-75(3.3)26-3966.5%343(8.7)62-419(6.7)(18.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.311.120.930:4726-117(4.6)23-3465.5%266(7.7)60-383(6.4)(16.5)
Defense Home Games17.010.521.527:2621-85(4)24-3472.1%302(8.9)55-387(7)(22.8)
TAMPA BAY - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.61.62.312-538.6%1-162.1%3-65(22)13-2(6.3)6-51
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-328.0%0-050.0%2-47(23.7)3-28(10.1)8-74
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.20.61.9 12-434.2%1-053.2%3-76(23.1)14-2(7.3)7-55
Stats Against (Home Games) 10-219.0%0-0100.0%1-36(24.3)3-22(7.5)7-69
Average power rating of opponents played: KANSAS CITY 22.4,  TAMPA BAY 19.5
KANSAS CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/16/2012@ BUFFALO17-35L3L45O24-15023-42-272336-20110-19-1780
9/23/2012@ NEW ORLEANS27-24W8W51.5U45-27326-44-237319-8320-36-2051
9/30/2012SAN DIEGO20-37L2.5L43O22-11924-42-234634-10418-23-1891
10/14/2012@ TAMPA BAY            
11/1/2012@ SAN DIEGO            
11/12/2012@ PITTSBURGH            

TAMPA BAY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/16/2012@ NY GIANTS34-41L7.5W43.5O22-7915-28-228225-9431-51-5103
9/23/2012@ DALLAS10-16L7W45.5U25-7510-28-91223-3825-39-2593
10/14/2012KANSAS CITY            
10/21/2012NEW ORLEANS            
10/25/2012@ MINNESOTA            
11/4/2012@ OAKLAND            
11/11/2012SAN DIEGO            
KANSAS CITY: Even though new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. are more versed in power blocking, they apparently lured RT Eric Winston from Houston by promising more of a zone scheme. It fits with their personnel and shouldn't be a major transition. Jamaal Charles is the starter as soon as he proves he's healthy, and the Chiefs will run a lot of single-back, two-tight end stuff. Peyton Hillis should take at least a third of the reps at tailback and could be closer to a 50/50 split if Charles is slow to recover from his torn ACL. Hillis will see some time at fullback. There will, however, be certain game plans where Dexter McCluster plays more snaps than Hillis. One of Hillis' big roles will be in the red zone, where he figures to get carries near the goal line. Under Daboll, things should be opened up a little more for Matt Cassel this year. K.C. will likely spread things out, whether it be with three receivers or two tight ends, and go with more quick throws. Dwayne Bowe remains the No. 1 target while Steve Breaston is more of a catch-and-run guy who could thrive in this offense. He'll slide to the slot with Jonathan Baldwin playing outside when they go three-wide. Tony Moeaki will likely see his role scaled back slightly with the use of more three-wide sets. Kevin Boss will be used sparingly as a pass catcher, and the backs will be used frequently as check-down options. The Chiefs' 2011 defense was unspectacular, experiencing a drop in production across the board except for six more interceptions than in 2010. Kansas City does have some upside with a talented and blossoming defensive line and pass-rushing LB Tamba Hali (12 sacks in 2011). LB Derrick Johnson is a solid run-stopper on the inside who didn't get much of a shot before the arrival of Romeo Crennel, but he's been excellent in two years since. He was one of four NFL linebackers to reach triple digits in solo tackles in 2011. The most promising development in regards to this defense for 2012 is the fact that young star strong safety Eric Berry's knee should be 100 percent after he missed essentially all of 2011 once he tore his ACL in the season opener. He's excellent in pass coverage and able to contribute in run support.
TAMPA BAY: The Bucs seem to be gearing up to do a lot of running this season. New head coach Greg Schiano oversaw a run-heavy team at Rutgers, and offensive line coach Bob Bostad oversaw Wisconsin's run-heavy power game among his previous jobs. They also added an elite left guard in Carl Nicks, a first-round back in Doug Martin and a great blocking wide receiver in Vincent Jackson. The Bucs will use primarily a zone-blocking scheme with a lot of inside runs. LeGarrette Blount and Martin will probably be close to a 50/50 share on early downs, with Martin taking all third down reps. While Blount will have his role greatly reduced between the 20's, he'll have a chance to keep goal line carries. New offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan's offense will be far more aggressive getting the ball downfield, which should be a nice match for Josh Freeman's arm strength and Jackson's downfield ball skills. The reads generally go deep-to-short and rarely side-to-side. So after Jackson, Freeman will more likely come down to Preston Parker than go across to Mike Williams. The Bucs also plan on using their backs in the passing game much more often, which is why they traded up into the first round to grab Martin. When Tampa throws in the red zone and down near the goal line, Jackson and Williams are the team's most capable targets. After allowing a league-high 30.9 PPG and ranking 30th in total defense, there's nowhere to go but up, right? Schiano is excited about young DLs Gerald McCoy and Adrian Clayborn, and also No. 7 overall pick S Mark Barron, but Tampa's schedule is jam-packed with high-powered offenses. If McCoy can remain healthy'a big 'if' for a guy who has played in only 19 games over two NFL seasons'his presence should help free up Clayborn to rush the quarterback more freely and more often. McCoy is both powerful and shifty with great feet, and Schiano has said he expects the former No. 3 overall pick to dominate opponents in 2012. Barron, meanwhile, is excellent both stopping the run in the box and in pass coverage.
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(UPDATES with Cassel ruled out, Quinn starting)

*Chiefs-Buccaneers Preview* ===========================


Though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are off to a rough start, their current state still might not be as troubling as the one the Kansas City Chiefs find themselves in.

With backup Brady Quinn prepared to make his first start in almost three years, the visiting Chiefs look to avoid a third consecutive loss while trying to hand the rested Buccaneers a fourth straight defeat Sunday.

After winning three of its final five games to salvage a 7-9 record last year and with key contributors Jamal Charles, Matt Cassel and Eric Berry healthy to open this season, Kansas City expected to start strong in 2012. However, the Chiefs have committed a league-high 19 turnovers in their 1-4 start, Cassel has a meager 66.2 passer rating and the defense has allowed 29.0 points per contest.

"This team needs to do more things to win," coach Romeo Crennel said. "That's what we're going to work on, try to get this team to do more of the right things so that we can win."

Things hit a low late in last Sunday's 9-6 loss to Baltimore when a portion of the Chiefs' home crowd cheered as Cassel laid on the ground after a hit from Ravens' defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. Kansas City offensive lineman Eric Winston called the cheering "100-percent sickening," but it demonstrated the frustration of one of the NFL's most loyal fan bases.

The Chiefs must find a way to get back on track with Quinn under center, as Cassel was ruled out against the Bucs after suffering a concussion versus Baltimore. In his first regular season action since he started and beat Kansas City while with Cleveland on Dec. 20, 2009, Quinn went 3 for 3 for 32 yards and led the Chiefs to a fourth quarter field goal last Sunday.

The 22nd overall pick in 2007 completed a pass to Dwayne Bowe for a go-ahead touchdown in that series, but it was called back due to a penalty.

"It felt great to be out there," said Quinn, who has completed 52.5 percent of his passes for 1,934 yards with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions while starting 12 of his 15 career games. "Matt is our starter and I just prepare every week like I am a starter, and I prepare myself for the moment."

That moment will be now, but all the pressure likely won't be on Quinn.

A Chiefs defense that had allowed least 24 points in each of its first four contests hopes to build on Sunday's effort when it limited Baltimore to three field goals.

"If we will play like that going forward, we give ourselves a chance to win the game," Crennel said.

Charles continues to be one of the few bright spots, rushing for a league-high 551 yards on 102 carries with two TDs while also catching 15 passes for 118 yards and a score. He gained 106 yards on 18 rushes during the Chiefs' 30-27 overtime home victory over Tampa Bay on Nov. 2, 2008.

The Buccaneers (1-3) have lost their last three games by a combined 15 points since a season-opening 16-10 victory over Carolina. While Kansas City might be struggling with its collective confidence, Tampa Bay feels confident coming out of its bye week.

"You know what's great about this team is everybody's so encouraged. Nobody's down," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

While the team's overall optimism is refreshing, the Buccaneers need to be more consistent.

Tampa Bay has scored 34 and 22 points in games this season, but also failed to total 20 in two others. Josh Freeman threw for 110 yards during a 16-10 loss at Dallas on Sept. 23, but had 299 while he helped the Bucs erase an 18-point deficit before falling 24-22 at home to Washington on Sept. 30.

High-priced free-agent acquisition Vincent Jackson caught six passes for 100 yards with a TD against the Redskins, his second 100-yard game in the last three. The former San Diego Charger, however, has averaged 63.8 receiving yards and scored three TDs in his last 10 games versus Kansas City.

Defensively, Tampa Bay ranks 27th allowing 419.0 yards per contest but has yielded only three second-half field goals in its last two games.

"You look at us on tape, and you say: `Wow.' It's a play here or a play there," offensive tackle Donald Penn said. "It's going to come ... because it's right there."

Tampa Bay has won the last three meetings with Kansas City by a combined 13 points.

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