The great news for one of these teams is that somebody will come away with a victory and pretend as if they can perform like a professional football team for a few weeks during the season.
The Chiefs are awful against the run whereas the Bucs are pitiful at stopping the pass. Something doesn’t necessarily have to give, but not everybody expected to see a Brady Quinn against Josh Freeman this early in the season.
A concussed Matt Cassel will keep him on the sidelines and it will be up to the former Golden Domer to rally around the troops. Jamaal Charles is one of the top rushers in the NFL with his 551 yards rushing, but the Bucs are fourth allowing only 73.8 yards per game.
Quincy Black, Mark Barron and Mason Foster are just a few of the freaks that load the box up, and they better with the way Charles has been running.
This offense of the Chiefs is not that tough to stop once you realize how limited they have been. Using some bracket coverage on Bowe and throwing nine beats at the line to slow down the explosive and elusive Charles would be ideal.
Tampa may have a mediocre offense since nobody has performed that well, which still comes as a bit of a shock. No Doug Martin has not yet ran like what we saw him do at Boise State. The Broncos competition was not nearly as tough as Tampa’s, but their division is among the weakest in the entire NFL.
Defenses are not at a premium in that division so look for a game with finally some sort of point frenzy matchup. Quinn and Freeman are far from sexy but Vincent Jackson and Dwayne Bowe can stretch the field.
Those two athletic receivers can do plenty of punishment, but turnovers have been such an issue for these clubs. Protecting the quarterbacks and avoiding dumb mistakes in all facets of the game is vital, but give me Freeman and the Bucs.
Doug Martin is way overdue to break the mold and bust off a few long runs to set up a few long passes V-Jax.
Network: CBS (710)
Time: 1 p.m. Eastern
Experts Pick: Bucs by 4
Danny V’s Pick: Bucs 24, Chiefs 17