Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3)
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 - 12:00 p.m. CT Raymond James Stadium
Play-by-Play: Marv Albert - Color Commentator: Rich Gannon
Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network - KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus - Color Commentator: Len Dawson - Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon
Chiefs Spanish Radio
La Gran D (1340 AM) - Play-by-Play: Enrique Morales - Color Commentator: Oscar Monterroso - Sideline Reporter: Ricardo Soto
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP
The Kansas City Chiefs travel to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Oct. 14. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m. CT at Raymond James Stadium.
The Chiefs are 1-4 and are coming off of a 9-6 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens. In that contest, the offense rushed for 214 yards against a defense that was previously allowing just 94.5 yards per game. Kansas City is only the second team since 2000 to rush for over 200 yards against the Ravens. Tampa stands at 1-3 and is coming off of a bye week. The Buccaneers have dropped their last three games after opening the season with a victory over the Carolina Panthers.
At Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, the Chiefs outgained Baltimore 338- to-298, including 214 rushing yards on 50 carries.
RB Jamaal Charles regained the NFL rushing lead with 140 yards on 30 carries (4.7 avg.), running his total to 551 yards on 102 carries (5.4 avg.) for the season. Charles added three catches for 21 yards (7.0 avg.) and also leads the league with 133.8 yards from scrimmage per game.
RB Shaun Draughn added 40 rushing yards on 12 carries (3.3 avg.) while RB Cyrus Gray carried four times for 20 yards (5.0 avg.). WR Dwayne Bowe posted a game-high six receptions for 60 yards (10.0 avg.).
The Chiefs defense limited Baltimore QB Joe Flacco to 13 completions on 27 attempts for 187 yards and an interception for a 55.6 rating. LBs Tamba Hali and Justin Houston both recorded 2.0 sacks and two QB pressures each and CB Brandon Flowers returned an interception 29 yards. Hali and LB Derrick Johnson led the defense with six solo tackles each while LB Jovan Belcher and S Eric Berry added fi ve solo stops each. K Ryan Succop converted both of his fi eld goal attempts from 30 and 31 yards, respectively, and has converted nine straight fi eld goal tries. Tampa Bay has dropped its last three games by a total of 15 combined points.
QB Josh Freeman has completed 65 of 119 passes for 790 yards and fi ve TDs with four INTs for a 75.3 rating. RB Doug Martin has rushed for 247 yards on 71 carries (3.5 avg.) with a TD. WR Vincent Jackson has caught 16 passes for 304 yards (19.0 avg.) with two TDs.
Defensively, LB Mason Foster leads the team with 36 tackles (31 solo) while DE Michael Bennett has registered 4.0 sacks (-19.0 yards). Six defenders have recorded one interception.
CHIEFS-BUCCANEERS SERIES HISTORY
Sunday’s contest marks the 11th contest between the Chiefs and Bucs, dating back to 1976. The teams have split the fi rst 10 meetings. Kansas City won four consecutive matchups from 1981-93 while Tampa Bay has won the last three contests, dating back to 1999. The Chiefs have not defeated the Bucs since 1993, which is the longest current period without a victory of any opponent Kansas City has faced.
In the most recent matchup on Nov. 2, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs led 24-3 in the fi rst half before the Buccaneers mounted a comeback that culminated in a 30-27 overtime victory on a 34-yard fi eld goal by K Matt Bryant. QB Jeff Garcia threw a 24-yard TD pass to WR Antonio Bryant and then connected with TE Alex Smith for a two-point conversion to tie the score at 27 with 19 seconds left in regulation.
Kansas City last defeated the Bucs on Sept. 5, 1993 by the score of 27-3 when QB Joe Montana and RB Marcus Allen each made their debut with the Chiefs. Montana completed 14 of 21 passes for 250 yards with three TDs, including a 50-yard scoring strike to WR J.J. Birden. Allen rushed for a game-high 79 yards on 13 carries (6.1 avg.) and added his fi rst Chiefs touchdown on a 12-yard reception in the third quarter. WR Willie Davis caught fi ve passes for 61 yards with a TD in that contest.