Tampa Bay hosts the Chiefs, marking the fifth time that the two have squared off in the preseason. The teams last met in 2000 when they squared off at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers lead the series 3-1, as Tampa Bay has won the last two meetings. The first preseason contest between the two teams was on August 23, 1991, a 20-7 Buccaneers victory in Tampa. The Bucs have also claimed wins in 1999 and 2000.
During the regular season, the all-time series is all square at five games apiece, as Tampa Bay has won the last three meetings. The Buccaneers won 30-27 in overtime at Kansas City in 2008, 17-10 in 1999 at Raymond James Stadium, 3-0 in 1979 in Tampa and 30-13 at Kansas City in 1978. The Chiefs captured victories in 1976 (28-19 in Tampa), 1981 (19-10 in Kansas City), 1984 (24-20 in Kansas City), 1986 (27-20 in Kansas City) and 1993 (27-3 in Tampa).
Date: Saturday, August 21,, 2010
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Site: Raymond James Stadium (65,890)
2010 Pre-Season Records: Tampa Bay 0-1, Atlanta 0-1
Network Television: WFLA-TV (Tape Delayed)
Play-by-Play: Chris Myers, Analyst: John Lynch, Sideline: Dan Lucas
Bucs Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Play-by-Play: Gene Deckerhoff, Color: Dave Moore, Sideline: T.J. Rives
Last Game: Tampa Bay lost at Miami 7-10; Kansas City lost at Atlanta 10-20
Tampa leads series 3-1
Year Score Site
1991 W, 20-7 Tampa
1998 L, 17-13 Norman, OK
1999 W, 17-7 Kansas City
2000 W, 37-14 Tampa
PRESEASON SERIES HIGHLIGHTS
QB Vinny Testaverde completed 11-of-19 passes for 197 yards and one touchdown in a 20-7 win over the Chiefs (8/23/91)… Testaverde tossed a 15-yard touchdown to WR Bruce Hill for the game-winning score… K Steve Christie added two field goals (48, 44)… QB Scott Milanovich hit WR Jacquez Green for a 69-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 7-7, but the Buccaneers fell short as the Chiefs iced the game with a defensive touchdown in the final minute to win 17-13 (8/8/98)… Tampa Bay rallied from an early seven-point deficit to defeat Kansas City 17-7 (8/21/99)… The Buccaneers scored 17 unanswered points as the Tampa Bay defense surrendered just 82 yards of offense after Kansas City’s opening drive. Buccaneers FB Mike Alstott accounted for two rushing touchdowns and K Martin Gramatica went 3-for-3 on field goal attempts as Tampa Bay knocked off the Chiefs by a score of 34-17 at Raymond James Stadium (8/25/00).
What to Watch
Freeman in his brief appearance against the Dolphins, in the teams first exhibition game went 4-4 for 55 yards and 1 touchdown. After spending the entire off-season tirelessly working to improve his overall game. Can he duplicate his success and build on that performance and show consistency in back to back games?
Rookie DT Gerald McCoy & Brian Price
Gerald McCoy saw his first action last week against the Dolphins. Fellow rookie Brian Price will get to test his sore hamstring this week, as both players figure to be on the field together vs the Chiefs in front of the hometown crowd. Price, like fellow lower draftee Mike Williams has had from more rave reviews in limited practice time then the more ballyhooed McCoy. So this should be the first glimpse of what future holds and the tandem can do together.
E.J Biggers – Myron Lewis
The nickle cornerback spot hasn’t been cemented by anyone yet and after a solid week of practice Lewis is looking to showcase his skills in the hopes that he can make up all the time he missed in training camp. Biggers’ who’s coming off a solid performance against the Dolphins is looking to widen the gap between himself and other suitors. Both players figure to receive ample playing time as the team continues to evaluate both players.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Chiefs Head Coach: Todd Haley
Chiefs Offensive Coordinator: Charlie Weis
Chiefs Defensive Coordinator: Romeo Crennel
Chiefs Special Teams Coach: Steve Hoffman
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS OFFENSE
Overall: 23rd (273 ypg)
Rushing: 7th (130 ypg)
Passing: 30th (143 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 27th (2)
Points Scored: 31st (10 ppg)
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS DEFENSE
Overall: 7th (248 ypg)
Rushing: 4th (144 ypg)
Passing: 20th (104 ypg)
Sacks: 32th (0)
Points Allowed: 18th (20 ppg)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS OFFENSE
Overall: 14th (309 ypg)
Rushing: 5th (139 ypg)
Passing: 22nd (170 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 27th (2)
Points Scored: 32nd (7 ppg)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DEFENSE
Overall: 2nd (206 ypg)
Rushing: 4th (50 ypg)
Passing: 6th (156 ypg)
Sacks: 31st (1)
Points Allowed: 3rd (10 ppg)
Buc Central’s Prognostication:
As always we are not advocating gambling based on our views of the game, especially considering we typically are inclined to make such educated guesses using are heart rather the any rational thought applied to picking. We are merely giving an opinion of who we think has the best chance at securing a victory.