The Kansas City Chiefs made headlines for all the wrong reasons a week ago, when quarterback Matt Cassel was cheered after he was KO'd and suffered a concussion in a 9-6 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Cassel has already been ruled out of Sunday's game, so Brady Quinn will make his first start in three years when the Chiefs visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in a matchup of one-win teams. Tampa Bay is coming off a much-needed bye week after absorbing three consecutive losses to NFC East foes by a combined 15 points. Among Kansas City's myriad issues has been a defense that surrendered an average of 34 points in its first four games before limiting the Ravens to only three field goals.
TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Buccaneers -4, O/U 40
ABOUT THE CHIEFS (1-4): Mistakes have killed Kansas City, which has committed a league-worst 19 turnovers, including two interceptions and two lost fumbles by Cassel in last week's defeat. Quinn, a former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns, completed all three of his attempts for 32 yards after replacing an injured Cassel in the fourth quarter, but he had an apparent go-ahead TD pass negated by a penalty. He had not thrown a pass since December 2009, when he was with the Browns. Expect the Chiefs to continue to lean heavily on running back Jamaal Charles, who leads the NFL with 551 yards rushing and had 140 yards on 30 carries against Baltimore.
ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (1-3): Tampa Bay suffered a last-second loss to the Washington Redskins prior to the bye, wasting a second-half rally from a 21-3 deficit. Quarterback Josh Freeman threw for a season-high 299 yards against the Redskins but he has been interecepted four times in the last three games and ranks 29th in the league with an average of 197.3 yards per game. Wideout Vincent Jackson is coming off his second 100-yard game of the season and is averaging 19.0 yards per catch on only 16 receptions. Rookie running back Doug Martin had a strong NFL debut with 95 yards against Carolina but his production has decreased in each game since.
1. The Chiefs lead the league with 180.8 rushing yards per game, while Tampa Bay's defense ranks fourth against the run (73.8 yards).
2. Connor Barth booted three field goals against Washington - from 48, 50 and 57 yards - to extend his NFL-high and franchise-best streak to 25 in a row.
3. The teams have met only three times in the previous 13 seasons, with the Buccaneers winning all three. Kansas City's last win in the series came in September 1993.
PREDICTION: Buccaneers 20, Chiefs 19
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Key Players to Watch
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- HamstringQues Sun | questionable
Bunting left the last game due to a hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will be active Sunday versus the Chargers.
- ShoulderProb Sun | probable
Watson missed the last game due to a shoulder injury, but it is anticipated that he will take the field against the Chargers on Sunday.
- HamstringOut Sun | out
Godwin exited the previous game due to a right hamstring injury, and he will not suit up for Sunday's contest versus the Chargers.
- AnkleQues Sun | questionable
Fournette is tending to an ankle injury, leaving his availability for Sunday's battle against the Chargers hazy.
- HipQues Sun | questionable
Miller is dealing with injuries to his hip and groin. It has yet to be established if he will be available for Sunday's matchup against the Chargers.
- KneeQues Sun | questionable
Smith is nursing a knee injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will line up Sunday against the Broncos.
- HamstringProb Sun | probable
Motley has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, but he is projected to be available Sunday against the Broncos.
- KneeProb Sun | probable
Pierre-Paul is dealing with a knee injury, but it is expected that he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Broncos.
Kansas City Chiefs
- StomachQues Sun | questionable
Wylie sat out the previous game due to stomach pain, and it is unclear if he will line up Sunday versus the Patriots.
- HamstringQues Sun | questionable
Okafor has been held out of the past two games due to a minor hamstring strain, and it is uncertain if he will suit up Sunday versus the Patriots.
- GroinQues Sun | questionable
Jones has a groin injury, and it has yet to be established if he will take part in Sunday's matchup with the Patriots.
- Handday-to-day | questionable
Ward sat out the previous game with a fractured left hand, but he is projected to play against the Ravens on Monday.
- GroinProb Mon | probable
Hamilton left the previous game with a groin injury, but it is not expected to affect his status for Monday's contest versus the Ravens.
- AnkleProb Mon | probable
Williams exited the last game with an ankle injury, but he is expected to face the Ravens on Monday.
- IllnessProb Mon | probable
Clark was lifted from the last game due to an illness, but the symptoms will subside in time for Monday's matchup versus the Ravens.
- ConcussionProb Mon | probable
Watkins left the previous game due to a head injury and is going through the league's concussion protocol. It is anticipated that he will be available Monday versus the Ravens.