Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Unit vs. Unit Breakdown

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IOctober 12, 2012

KC's Dwayne Bowe offsets Tampa Bay's Vincent Jackson.
KC's Dwayne Bowe offsets Tampa Bay's Vincent Jackson.Peter Aiken/Getty Images

Sounds like the Buccaneers are a mortal lock to win on Sunday.

They're favored over the Chiefs by a whopping four points!

Fact is, the Bucs are 0-1 as a favorite. They were a 2.5-point favorite over the Redskins two weeks ago, and now we find them favored by four. Favored by four? Haven't these oddsmakers seen the greatness that is Brady Quinn?

Okay, all joking aside, let's get right to it and see how these team stack up for Sunday.



Quarterback: Josh Freeman vs. Brady Quinn.

Maybe, the Bucs finally have a clear-cut edge with Freeman. He's won more games than Quinn has played in, and Freeman hasn't won enough games to make anyone say "Wow!" Both teams will ask their signal-callers to play conservative and not turn the ball over. 

Turnovers have killed the Chiefs all season. If they take care of the football on Sunday, this will be a close one.

Edge: Buccaneers.

Running backs: Doug Martin, LeGarrette Blount vs. Jamaal Charles, Shaun Draughn.

No contest here. Charles leads the NFL in rushing. Martin hasn't done much lately, and Blount has done even less.

Big Edge: Chiefs.

Wide receivers: Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn vs. Dwayne Bowe, Jon Baldwin, Dexter McCluster.

Bowe and Jackson were the two top free agents this season, and the Chiefs made sure Bowe stayed put. Schiano will remember Baldwin from the wideout's days at Pitt, going against Rutgers.

Edge: It's a push.

Tight ends: Dallas Clark, Luke Stocker vs. Tony Moeaki.

Do the Bucs really have tight ends? Moeaki has nine catches for 76 yards.

Slight Edge: Chiefs.

Offensive line: Donald Penn (LT), Carl Nicks (RG), Jeremy Zuttah (C), Jeremy Trueblood? (RG), Demar Dotson (RT) vs. Brandon Albert (LT), Jeff Allen (LG), Ryan Lilja (C), Jon Asamoah (RG), Eric Winston (RT).

Tough call here. The Buccaneer right side is mush. In fact, it would have to get better to be mush. The Chiefs can run block, pass block? Not so much.

Edge: It's a push.



Defensive line: Daniel Te'o Neisheim, Gerald McCoy, Roy Miller, Michael Bennett vs. Tyson Jackson, Dontari Poe, Glenn Dorsey.

Miller's health is a question mark. The Chiefs really played well against the Ravens.

Slight Edge: Chiefs.

Linebackers: Lavonte David, Mason Foster, Quincy Black vs. Justin Houston, Jovan Belcher, Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali.

Again, the Chiefs have a very good defensive front seven.

Edge: It's a push.

Secondary: Aqib Talib (LCB), Eric Wright (RCB), Ronde Barber (FS), Mark Barron (SS) vs. Brandon Flower (LCB), Stanford Routt (RCB), Eric Berry (SS), Kendrick Lewis (FS).

Tough call here. Good players on both sides.

Slight Edge: Buccaneers.



Michael Koenin, Connor Barth, Roscoe Parrish (R) vs. Dustin Colquitt, Ryan Succop, Javier Arenas (R).

Edge: Buccaneers have edge in the kicking game; Chiefs have the edge in the return game. Call it a push.


This is a tough one to predict. I'm surprised to see the total points for the over/under is 40. Form tells us this will be a low-scoring game. Either way it goes, it should be very close.

Buccaneers 19, Chiefs 16.