Chiefs host the Bucs, marking the fifth time that the two have squared-off in the preseason. The teams last met in 2010 when they faced-off at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers lead the series 4-1, as Tampa Bay has won the last three 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, 2000 and 2010.
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: Friday, August 12, 2011
Kickoff: 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. CT)
Site: Arrowhead Stadium (76,416)
2010 Records: Tampa Bay 10-6, Kansas City 10-6
National Television: FOX
Play-By-Play: Thom Brennaman, Color: Brian Billick, Sideline: Laura Okmin
Bucs Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Play-by-Play: Gene Deckerhoff, Color: Dave Moore, Sideline: T.J. Rives
Up Next: Tampa Bay vs. New England (8/18), Kansas City at Baltimore (8/19
The Buccaneers’ 2011 schedule will feature eight games against teams that finished the 2010 season with a .500 record or better, including seven games against teams that made the 2010 playoffs. Tampa Bay will face off against the NFC North and AFC South, as well as the Dallas Cowboys (home) of the NFC East and the NFC West’s San Francisco 49ers (away). The schedule is based on a formula that was implemented with realignment in 2002. It includes home and away games against the three divisional opponents, four games against teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle, 5
four games against teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle and two intraconference games based on the prior year’s standings against teams from the same conference divisions that are not scheduled to play that season.
Players To Watch
Adrian Clayborn & Da’Quan Bowers
Both players have been given high praise for there intensity and work ethic in camp, but tonight will be their first test. Going against a physical Chiefs line the team should be able to get a glimpse of what it’s first two draft picks can do. It will also be a chance to see how Millard’s troops due against a very good running team.
The Battle at MLB
It was supposed to be an open competition, but rookie Mason Foster has already been given the green light in the teams’ base defense. In sub packages SAM backer Quincy Black will move to the MIKE and play in nickel and Redskin groupings. Essentially Tyrone McKenzie is fighting for playing time and a chance to win the starting spot ahead of Foster this pre-season.
With the team still unsure of how the whole Aqib Talib situation is going to play out and when exactly the league will reinstate Tanard Jackson it needs cornerbacks EJ Biggers, Myron Lewis and Anthony Gaitor along with safeties Cody Grimm, Larry Asante and Ahmad Black to really show they can fill the void if one of the top players in the secondary succumbs to an injury or is out for a prolonged period of time.
Official Injury Report begins with regular season games
Chiefs Head Coach: Todd Haley
Chiefs Offensive Coordinator: Bill Muir
Chiefs Defensive Coordinator: Romeo Crennel
Chiefs Special Teams Coach: Steve Hoffman
STATISTICAL RANKINGS: (2010)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS OFFENSE
Overall: 19th (335.2 ypg)
Rushing: 8th (125.1 ypg)
Passing: 17th (210.1 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 10th (30)
Points Scored: 20th (21.3 ppg)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DEFENSE
Overall: 17th (332.7 ypg)
Rushing: 28th (131.7 ypg)
Passing: 7th (201 ypg)
Sacks: 30th (26)
Points Allowed: 9th (19.9 ppg)
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS OFFENSE
Overall: 12th (349.7 ypg)
Rushing: 1st (164.2 ypg)
Passing: 30th (185.5 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 12th (32)
Points Scored: 14th (22.9 ppg)
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS DEFENSE
Overall: 14th (330.2 ypg)
Rushing: 14th (110.3 ypg)
Passing: 17th (219.9 ypg)
Sacks: 12th (39)
Points Allowed: 11th (20.4 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.