TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 25: Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs with the ball during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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TAMPA - I spent last week in Michigan and didn’t get a chance to see the Bucs loss to Washington.
All I know is the Bucs erased an 18-point deficit before losing 24-22.
Quarterback Josh Freeman threw for 299 yards with Vincent Jackson catching six passes for 100 yards and a TD.
If you read my TK’s Take on that game, I said the Bucs needed to unleash Freeman to win.
I still think they need to find a way to utilize the arm of Freeman from here on out and quit going with the “run, run, run, and run some more” philosophy.
They do not have a feature back or an offensive line that can compliment a running game that can carry them.
With that said, this football team has lost their last three games by a combined 15 points.
They’re an average football team right now.
This week, they’re a rested football team.
They just need to be more consistent in all areas, including coaching.
The Bucs defense is something of a puzzle.
They rank 27th in the NFL, allowing 419 yards per game, BUT has given up only three second-half field goals in its last two games.
You go back in history, the Bucs have won the last three meetings with Kansas City by a combined 13 points.
The Chiefs look as if they will put the offense in the hands of backup Brady Quinn.
He hasn’t started a game in three years.
Matt Cassel has not been cleared to play and likely won’t after getting his bell rung against Baltimore last Sunday.
The big gun for KC is running back Jamaal Charles. He leads the NFL in rushing and he can be dangerous.
However, there is comfort in the fact the Bucs defense is not bad against the run.
The Chiefs Achilles heal has been turnovers, a league-high 19 in their 1-4 start, and their defense has allowed 29.0 points per game.
Holding Baltimore to 9 points last Sunday was impressive.
My feeling is the Ravens went into that game half-cocked, and almost got beat.
The problem I have is that the Bucs can’t cover a line as a favorite, except for week one against Carolina.
This week the Bucs are 3 ½ point favorites. Considering the history of these two teams in the past three meetings, the boys in Vegas are counting on a repeat finish.
I don’t think so.
KC is no better than Carolina. As long as the Bucs don’t trip over themselves, they should win this one.
Will it be by more than 3 ½ points. I say yes.
I’m taking the Bucs and giving the 3 ½.
It’s time they start showing progress.
TK’s Pick: Bucs -3 ½
TK vs. Spread 1-3
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