Two teams that are desperate for wins will go at it Sunday in Tampa, as the 1-3 Bucs play host to the 1-4 Chiefs, a team that will have a different look under center Sunday.
The Chiefs will have Brady Quinn at QB Sunday, as usual starter Matt Cassel is on the bench after a concussion last week in a 9-6 loss to the Ravens at home.
Quinn will be making his first start in almost three years, the last of which when he was in Cleveland playing with the team that drafted him, the Browns.
After winning three of its final five games to salvage a 7-9 record last year and with key contributors Jamal Charles, Cassel and Eric Berry healthy to open this season, Kansas City expected to start strong in 2012.
However, the Chiefs have committed a league-high 19 turnovers in their 1-4 start, Cassel has a meager 66.2 passer rating and the defense has allowed 29.0 points per contest.
“This team needs to do more things to win,” coach Romeo Crennel said. “That’s what we’re going to work on, try to get this team to do more of the right things so that we can win.”
They will try to get back to the basics vs the Bucs team that is coming off the bye week. KC is hoping their defense, which had allowed least 24 points in each of its first four contests, will play more like last week when they allowed just three field goals to the Ravens.
The Buccaneers have lost their last three games by a combined 15 points since a season-opening 16-10 victory over Carolina.
Tampa Bay has scored 34 and 22 points in games this season, but also failed to total 20 in two others. Josh Freeman threw for 110 yards during a 16-10 loss at Dallas on Sept. 23, but had 299 while he helped the Bucs erase an 18-point deficit before falling 24-22 at home to Washington on Sept. 30.
High-priced free-agent acquisition Vincent Jackson caught six passes for 100 yards with a TD against the Redskins, his second 100-yard game in the last three. The former San Diego Charger, however, has averaged 63.8 receiving yards and scored three TDs in his last 10 games versus Kansas City.
Defensively, Tampa Bay ranks 27th allowing 419.0 yards per contest but has yielded only three second-half field goals in its last two games.
“You look at us on tape, and you say: ‘Wow.’ It’s a play here or a play there,” offensive tackle Donald Penn said. “It’s going to come … because it’s right there.”
Tampa Bay has won the last three meetings with Kansas City by a combined 13 points.
The Bucs have a lot of the edge here, playing against a new QB in Quinn coming off the bye, they will do enough to take down the Chiefs in a rather ugly game.
Tampa Bay 13 Kansas City 7