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    Weather forecast: 43-50 degrees, clear, 10 mph SSE winds

    Line: Chiefs -7, Over/Under: 45

    Against the Spread:
    Chiefs are 4-5 Overall, 2-3 as the Favorite and 1-3 at Home
    Buccaneers are 3-6 Overall, 2-2 as the Underdog and 2-2 Away

    Notable Quotables:
    Chiefs:
    "We’ve got to do better [on 3rd down] than we did last week. Normally, we’ve been pretty good at that, and they are very good at it. ... We try to focus on that every week and we have to do better than we did last week.”
    --Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid

    Buccaneers:
    "We still have a long way to go. There's no doubt about it. This is a group of men that, they're working hard, their effort's been outstanding. We just haven't always been able to play at the level that we know we are capable of playing.”
    --Buccaneers Defensive Co-ordinator Mike Smith

    Injury Report:


    Chiefs
    Jaye Howard DE Hip Did Not Participate In Practice Doubtful
    Jeremy Maclin WR Groin Did Not Participate In Practice Out
    Marcus Peters CB Hip Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
    Dontari Poe DT Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
    James Winchester LS Not Injury Related Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
    Phillip Gaines CB Neck Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
    Justin Houston LB Knee Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
    Derrick Johnson LB Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice Questionable


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    Kevin Pamphile T Concussion Did Not Participate In Practice Out
    Jacquizz Rodgers RB Foot Did Not Participate In Practice Out
    Evan Smith C Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
    Joseph Hawley C Knee Full Participation in Practice Questionable
    Russell Shepard WR Hip Full Participation in Practice Questionable
    Lucas Stocker TE Ankle Full Participation in Practice Questionable
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    Stats Leaders:
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    Team Stats:
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    "Expert's" Picks:
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    Prisco's Pick:
    The Chiefs have won five straight games and are one of the hottest teams in the league. Tampa Bay is coming off a nice win at home against Chicago, but this is a big step up in terms of challenge. The Kansas City pass rush will get all over Jameis Winston here. Chiefs keep rolling.
    Chiefs 23 - Bucs 13

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    Chiefs vs. Buccaneers: Game Preview
    From Chiefs.com

    Posted Nov 19, 2016

    Pete Sweeney
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    Justin Houston is questionable for Sunday’s game

    The last time anyone saw Justin Houston on a football field was in Foxborough, Massachusetts, site of the AFC Divisional Round matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs (7-2) and the New England Patriots last January.

    Houston took eight defensive snaps in the game, and then couldn’t continue due to a knee injury.

    Surgery happened, and then rehab happened. Training camp began, sans Houston.

    A few weeks ago, finally, practice happened.

    And now, for the first time in 10 months, Houston could suit up as the Chiefs look for their sixth straight win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

    “I think it’s a good chance, but we’ll see,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Friday.

    Houston was officially listed as questionable on the injury report.



    If he does return, he’ll arrive to a much different Chiefs defense than he left, particularly at his position. When Houston last played with fellow linebacker Dee Ford, Ford had yet to break out.

    That has happened in 2016, with Ford entering Sunday in a tie for the NFL’s sack lead—10.

    “These are guys that love to play, love to compete,” Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said this week. “We’re excited about having [Houston] back. He’s an outstanding player. He’s going to help our defense. We just want him to be 100 percent or as close to that. I think the more he plays, the more comfortable he’s going to get.”

    Ford, Houston and the rest of the Chiefs defense have quite the task at hand against the Bucs on Sunday. 2015 rookie of the year Jameis Winston leads Tampa Bay into Arrowhead Stadium looking for its fourth win in the last six games.

    "Jameis is a really excellent outside the pocket—I mean excellent, and he's very accurate, and that causes you a lot of problems,” Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said of Winston. “I mean he can be running and scrambling over here and he can throw the ball back across the field and really not put himself or the team in jeopardy, That's the kind of athlete he is and the kind of arm strength this guy has … I don't know if there's anybody doing right now better than him outside the pocket.”

    Last week, in the Buccaneers’ win over the Chicago Bears, Winston showcased his out-of-pocket skills with one of the best plays of the season to wide receiver Mike Evans.

    At 6 feet 5 and 231 pounds, Evans is by far Winston’s favorite target—in fact, he leads the NFL in the category with 108. Evans has 59 receptions for 811 yards receiving and a team-leading eight touchdowns this season.

    “Mike is just a superstar,” Winston said during a conference call with the Kansas City media this week. “He always finds a way to get open. My job is to give him a catchable ball. Anywhere I throw it around him, he’s going to catch it.”

    Defending Evans could prove to be a tougher challenge than usual for the Chiefs, as they could be without their No. 1 cornerback, Marcus Peters, who is officially listed as questionable with a hip pointer. Phillip Gaines is also listed as questionable with a neck injury.

    Steve Nelson and rookie D.J. White, who may play for the first time since suffering a broken hand Week 7, would fill in for Peters and Gaines if they cannot go.

    “He’s done a good job,” Reid said of White. “[The training staff] got it where he can move his hand and do that whole thing.”

    Defensive lineman Jaye Howard could also miss the game as he recovers from a hip flexor injury.

    As the Chiefs deal with injuries on defense, the offense will be without WR Jeremy Maclin for the second straight week.

    The offense heavily relied on rookie WR Tyreek Hill in Maclin’s absence last week against the Carolina Panthers. Hill posted career highs in both targets (13) and receptions (10).

    “He puts in the work during the week and he asks a lot of good questions,” Chiefs co-offensive coordinator Matt Nagy said this week. “If he makes a mistake, he normally doesn’t make the same mistake twice. He takes that Wednesday through Friday, Saturday walkthrough and puts it onto the field. On Sunday, if he does make a mistake on a certain play, it normally doesn’t happen again.”

    The Chiefs offense hasn’t scored a touchdown in its last seven quarters, so it will look to get something going against a Buccaneers defense ranked No. 28 in the league based upon yards allowed per game (386). Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos has made his last 10 field goals, including going 4-for-4 in each of the last two games.

    The players to watch on the Tampa Bay defense are defensive linemen Gerald McCoy and Noah Spence, who have 4.0 sacks apiece, and linebackers Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David. Alexander leads the team with 65 tackles (53 solo).

    In the Buccaneers backfield, cornerback Brent Grimes has 14 passes defensed, second only in the league to the Chiefs’ Peters, who has 15.

    At 7-2 entering Sunday’s game, the Chiefs are in first place in the AFC West and are in a tie with the New England Patriots for a share of the conference lead.

    To this point, Kansas City has played well enough to be in the conversation for home games in January.

    No better time to bring in the reinforcements.
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    Game Preview from ESPN.com

    Bucs aim to extend streak vs. Chiefs

    It's been 24 seasons since the Kansas City Chiefs found a way to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The season opener of the 1993 season saw Kansas City travel to Tampa in the first Chiefs game for future Hall of Famers, quarterback Joe Montana and running back Marcus Allen. K.C. won easily, 27-3.

    The Bucs (4-5) have since won four in a row against the Chiefs (7-2) and will try to push that streak to five games with their Sunday visit to Arrowhead Stadium. It's a noon kickoff CST, with weather predicted for sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s. Kansas City is a 7 1/2-point favorite.

    The Chiefs have a few active streaks on the line as well. Since November 2015, the Chiefs are 17-2 in regular-season games, a won-lost record that's three games better than the next most successful team. They've won five straight games this season and they're on a 10-game winning streak at Arrowhead Stadium.

    Both teams are coming off victories -- the Buccaneers crushed Chicago 36-10, while the Chiefs fought back from a 17-0 deficit to beat Carolina on the road, 20-17. That victory gave them not only a piece of first place in the AFC West, but a share of first in the AFC with New England and Oakland. It was the second time this season where the Chiefs fought back from a 14-point deficit to start the fourth quarter and ended up winning. They are the only team in the league to do that through last week on the 2016 schedule.

    The Chiefs results have been pumped up by their edge in the turnover ratio. They are plus-14 on takeaways/giveaways, the No. 1 team in the league. They have forced 22 turnovers and given opponents eight fumbles and interceptions, and have scored 72 points off those takeaways.

    "It's important that you believe you can do that (force turnovers) and you practice it," said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. "It probably goes just the same in reverse. You practice it, you do well in practice and then you go into a game and if you have some success with it you can build on it. The guys practice it. The coaches harp on it and the players take a lot of pride in it."

    K.C.'s ball-hawking skills have certainly drawn the attention of the Buccaneers.

    "When you watch the tape on these guys, especially their red-zone tape, wow," said Tampa Bay head coach Dirk Koetter. "Inside the 20, they really close it down on you. They're very aggressive with their hands, they get a lot of balls that they get popped up in the air, and somebody else might catch it. These guys are impressive."

    The most impressive offensive player in the game is Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans, who enters the week ranked No. 6 among NFL receivers with 811 yards and fifth with 59 receptions. No other NFL receiver has been targeted more than Evans this season as his 108 targets have been 31 percent of Tampa Bay's attempts.

    "Mike is just a superstar," said Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston. "His best traits are his ability to go attack the ball, his very sure hands and his competiveness. He always finds a way to get open. My job is to give him a catchable ball. Anywhere I throw it around him he's going to catch it."

    In his second season as the leader of the Bucs offense, Winston is coming off one of his best performances, throwing for 312 yards, completing 69.7 percent of his passes, at an average of 9.5 yards an attempt with two touchdown throws.

    "Jameis showed all sides of his game," Koetter said of his quarterback's play. "He showed his mobility, showed his toughness, showed his arm strength, showed his ability to read defenses, showed his ability to see the field. The touchdown to Freddie Martino (43-yard play), he saw Freddie get behind the safety in the corner on the backside there. That was a great, unscripted play by Jameis."

    Kansas City's offense will need a similar performance from Smith against Tampa Bay. After missing a game due to two blows to the head he suffered against Indianapolis, Smith returned last Sunday to play against Carolina and struggled throwing the ball. He missed on three throws to the end zone that could have been touchdowns. Smith averaged just 4.7 yards per attempt and only one completion went for more than 20 yards. He did not throw a touchdown pass, but did have an interception.

    The resiliency the Chiefs have shown going 17-2 was built last season when they started 1-5, but won 10 straight to make the playoffs, the first team in NFL history to accomplish that feat. That allowed them to survive being down 17-0 in the first half against Carolina.

    "The more you play in those types of games, and it gets down to crunch time, there's never a panic," said Smith. "We just go about our business. When we get into a fourth quarter, we've been there before so we can rely on fundamentals and what we've been coached to do."

    Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (groin) has been declared out for the second consecutive game.
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    Chiefs game plan: Scouting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5)
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    The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

    NOVEMBER 19, 2016 3:34 PM

    Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 2,349 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. Jeff Haynes The Associated Press

    Scheme


    Coach: Dirk Koetter
    , 4-5, is in his first year as an NFL head coach. Koetter, 57, spent the 2015 season as Lovie Smith’s offensive coordinator and was promoted to the position in January, after the Bucs dismissed Smith. Koetter is an offensive coach who is known for his work with quarterbacks; as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator from 2012 to 2014, he helped groom Matt Ryan. Way back in the day, he spent three years with Chiefs coach Andy Reid on the University of Missouri’s coaching staff under Bob Stull; Koetter was the offensive coordinator, while Reid was the offensive line coach. “He’s one of the finest football coaches I’ve ever been around,” Reid said.

    Offense: Todd Monken, 50, is in his first year as Koetter’s offensive coordinator and his first overall as an NFL offensive coordinator. He guided some high-scoring offenses from 2013 to 2015 as Southern Mississippi’s head coach. Tampa Bay ranks 15th in the league in passing and 17th in rushing. The Bucs have passed the ball 56 percent of the time. They are also a predominantly three-wide team, though they’ll mix in plenty of two-tight end sets and even sprinkle in formations featuring six offensive linemen.

    Defense: Mike Smith, 57, is in his first year as Koetter’s defensive coordinator and his sixth overall as an NFL defensive coordinator. Smith actually hired Koetter as his offensive coordinator back when he was head coach of the Atlanta Falcons; the two worked there from 2012 until Smith’s firing in 2014. Smith has inherited a smallish defense that can run. “They’re fast — when you put it on, that’s the first thing that jumps out to you,” Reid said. “From the front, to the linebackers, to the back end — they can scoot.” The Bucs currently rank 23rd in passing defense and 25th in rushing defense. They are predominantly a 4-3 team that doesn’t blitz much (13 percent pressure rate, 31st in the league according to Football Outsiders), though they were much more aggressive in a 36-10 win over the Chicago Bears last week. The Bucs rank 15th in the NFL with 21 sacks and are tied for eighth in turnovers forced with 15.

    Special teams: Nate Kaczor is in his first year as Koetter’s special-teams coach and fourth overall as a NFL special-teams coach. Kicker Roberto Aguayo, a second-round rookie, has struggled this year; he’s converted only 64 percent of his field goals. The punt team is solid; punter Bryan Anger has dropped 21 punts inside the 20 (third most in the league), while Josh Robinson is one of the league’s better gunners as the Bucs are holding teams to a third-lowest punt-return average (5.0 yards) in football. “Our entire punt team has been fantastic all year,” said Koetter, who is still wary of Tyreek Hill. Their kick return unit ranks dead last in the NFL while their punt return unit ranks 19th.

    Four keys to a Chiefs victory

    1. Protect the football and stop the penalties


    The Chiefs could definitely try to run the ball on the Bucs, who have had some issues with tackling and gap discipline, which showed when they surrendered some long runs against the Bears last week. But Tampa Bay is very good at forcing turnovers — they are tied for second in the league in fumble recoveries (nine) — so protecting the football will be a key. “This team does a great job at taking the ball away,” quarterback Alex Smith said. “It’s certainly one of their strengths.” The Chiefs also need to knock it off with the offensive penalties; they committed five last week against Carolina. If the Chiefs don’t beat themselves, they can move the ball on a defense that’s been a little Jekyll and Hyde this year; as the Bucs have given up a ton of explosive plays (i.e. a Hail Mary before halftime last week).

    2. Beware the blitz/win on third down

    After giving up 824 yards in their previous two games — and watching opposing quarterback post a 100-plus passer rating over the first eight games — the Bucs finally dialed up more pressure last week against Chicago and sacked quarterback Jay Cutler four times and hit him seven times. Defensive coordinator Mike Smith also credited their communication on the back end for being “leaps and bounds better” than it had been in the previous games. For a team that gives up so many big plays, they are surprisingly good at getting off the field on third down — they rank fourth in the NFL in that category — so the Chiefs, who rank 29th in that area, will need to dial up some of their best stuff to keep the chains moving. “Our third-down percentage the last two weeks have been just terrible,” Reid said. “I have to make sure I get the guys in the right position and do stuff the right way.”

    3. Be disciplined vs. the play action

    Outside of receiver Mike Evans and tight end Cameron Brate, the receivers don’t give you a ton to worry about; that’s why the Bucs rank near the bottom of the league (24th) in completions over 20 yards and Chicago opted to double Evans so much last week (season-low four targets). But Tampa Bay is one of the league’s most play-action-heavy teams — they use it 20 percent of the time, which ranks fifth in the league according to Football Outsiders — so the Chiefs will need to read their keys and stay disciplined to keep the Bucs from moving the ball. That includes cornerback Marcus Peters, who missed all week of practice because of a hip injury but has a reputation for being a tad susceptible to double moves. If he plays, quarterback Jameis Winston will be aware of the ball hawk’s presence. “He’s one of the best corners in the league — he has great eyes, he’s able to cover his man and keep his eyes in the backfield,” Winston said. “He’s one of the best I’ve seen do it.”

    4. Keep Winston in the pocket

    Winston is a slow starter; he’d thrown just one touchdown in the first quarter of the Bucs’ first eight games. But he is a dangerous quarterback, someone who can stand in the pocket and throw and also use his feet to create. He’s one of the league’s more elusive (16 broken tackles) and accurate quarterbacks on the move. “Very active in the pocket, moves around,” defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said. His scramble and 39-yard completion to Evans last week was extremely impressive. “Those are the plays he can make and that’s what you love about him, his competitive spirit, his will to want to make every play,” Monken said. “He’s good outside the pocket, so we’ve got to continue to do our part. Whether it’s sprint out nakeds, (we need to) get him on the perimeter.”

    Four Panthers to watch

    No. 3, QB Jameis Winston, 22 years old, 6-4, 231, second season


    Former No. 1 overall pick who completed 58.3 percent of his passes for 4,042 yards, 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions as a rookie and made the Pro Bowl. Is playing really good football lately; has thrown 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions the last five games and has completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 2,349 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. Loves to hold the ball in the pocket and look for big plays; has been pressured the second-most times of any quarterback in the league, according to Football Outsiders. Is dangerous both in and out of the pocket; has lost weight and can now slide away from pressure and is among the league’s most accurate quarterbacks on the move. “A lot of times you find guys that don’t want to run it and you find guys that don’t want to throw it,” Monken said. “He’s one of those guys that has a rare quality, he can do both.” Ball placement can be spotty at times. Has a long delivery and a big arm and is not afraid to use it, but he’ll occasionally trust his arm too much and make some ill-advised throws, as most young quarterbacks are wont to do. Plays with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm. Loves football and can rally teammates with his words. Is one of the league’s most promising young quarterbacks.

    No. 13, WR Mike Evans, 23 years old, 6-5, 231, third season

    Johnny Manziel’s former security blanket at Texas A&M can best be described as a jumbo-sized receiver with excellent ball skills. Has recorded 59 catches and is fifth in the league in yards with 811. Former basketball player who wins jump balls with ease and can attack the ball in the air like a power forward; leads the league in touchdown catches with eight. Jam him at your own risk. “Mike is just a superstar — he always finds a way to get open,” Winston said. “My job is to give him a catchable ball. Anywhere I throw it around him he’s going to catch it.” Most of the time, at least. Has dropped seven passes this season, according to Football Outsiders, which is the second most in the league. Is a tad stiff as a route runner but his ball skills and size make up for it. Competitive run blocker who can overwhelm corners with his size and strength and also flashes nastiness.

    No. 54, WLB Lavonte David, 26 years old, 6-1, 233, fifth season

    Ranked No. 53 on the NFL’s Top 100 list for 2016. Nicknamed “The Flash.” Undersized weakside ’backer with very good instincts and sideline-to-sideline speed. Absurd production; has averaged 144 tackles from 2012 to 2015 and has recorded 46 tackles (11 for loss), three quarterback pressures and two pass deflections in 2016. Run-and-hit type who sees the game well and operates best in space but occasionally rushes off the edges. Can be overwhelmed at the point of attack but generally does a nice job ducking under or darting around hulking linemen in the box. Solid in coverage; covers ground and generally handles running backs and tight ends. Three-down player who never has to leave the field. “These linebackers are a lot faster than what we played last week — these guy can move well,” Chiefs co-offensive coordinator Matt Nagy said.

    No. 93, 3T-DT Gerald McCoy, 28 years old, 6-4, 300, seventh season

    Ranked No. 63 on the NFL’s Top 100 list for 2016. Currently has 20 tackles, seven pressures and 4 1/2 sacks. Classic three-technique defensive tackle who is one of the league’s best interior players. Is consistently disruptive thanks to his excellent combination of quickness and strength. Repeatedly wins off the snap of the ball; is tough to reach in the running game and guards can’t afford a lapse in concentration on passing plays. Has effective swim and rip moves. Tough guy who played through a torn rotator cuff for most of the 2015 season and finished with 34 tackles and 8 1/2 sacks. Must be accounted for at all time. “Beast,” Nagy said. “He’s a dominant player. The way he plays with his motor, he’s tough to stop.” Was used as a fullback on three plays last week.

    Bonus notes on the Jaguars

    ▪ Martin, who is nicknamed “The Muscle Hamster,” checked in at No. 33 on the NFL’s Top 100 list for 2016. Coming off an All-Pro season in which he rushed for 1,402 yards in 288 carries — an outstanding average of 4.9 yards per carry — and six touchdowns. Plays the game hard; strong back with good vision who can plow over defenders or run around them, when healthy; led the league in runs over 20-plus yards and yards after contact last year. “He’s a real force — hard to bring down,” defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said. Has dealt with plenty of injuries in his career; missed six games this year due to a hamstring injury. Just returned last week and did not look like his normal self, rushing 16 times for only 33 yards. He also did not force a single missed tackle, according to Pro Football Focus.

    ▪ Stocker, the Bucs’ starting tight end, is questionable with an ankle injury, but don’t sleep on Brate, who has emerged as a legitimate end zone threat and security blanket for Winston (35 catches, 375 yards, five touchdowns) .

    ▪ Smith has terrific size and good feet, but he’s inconsistent in pass protection, so it will be up to Tamba Hali — or whoever else is over there — to take advantage of the Bucs’ talented-but-still-developing left tackle.

    ▪ Benenoch is another player the Chiefs might be wise to target. The rookie is fine in pass protection but he struggles as a run blocker, so either Chris Jones or Rakeem Nunez-Roches need to take advantage of that matchup, especially if the Bucs try to get the ground game going and Martin looks like his old, dominant self.

    ▪ Hawley is questionable because of a knee injury, but if he can’t go, there are worse options than Gottschalk, who earned praise from Koetter for his performance as a fill-in last week.

    ▪ The Bucs will occasionally turn to Cherilus as a sixth offensive lineman when they want to set the tone up front and run the ball.

    ▪ Spence has some good athletic tools and has the potential to be a good pass rusher — he’s already shown some real promise in that area — but his run defense needs work, particularly when it comes to consistently setting the edge. “He’s strong-handed, he’s quick off the ball, he can bend and I think we’re seeing the more opportunities he has to rush, the more success he’s going to have,” defensive coordinator Mike Smith said. “I still believe that the ceiling’s a lot higher than what he’s performing right now.”

    ▪ Gholston is coming off a good game; he recorded four quarterback pressures on just 13 pass-rush snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.

    ▪ McCoy gets the hype, but McDonald is an underrated “one-technique” penetrator who fits the defense well.

    ▪ Alexander is a quick, productive player who fits the Tampa 2 mold well. He’ll miss the occasional tackle, but racked up 93 tackles as a rookie last year and is on pace to record 124 this season.

    ▪ Hargreaves is an excellent athlete who is having some rookie struggles. He’s a willing tackler, but teams are throwing his way plenty.

    ▪ Conte had a nice game last week, returning an interception for a touchdown. But he’s missed some tackles this season.

    ▪ McDougald, a former Chief and Kansas Jayhawk, has worked himself into a productive starter in this league. He’s a very willing hitter who does his best work against the run.

    ▪ Grimes might be 33 years old, but he remains an excellent player thanks to his fluid hips, plus athleticism and ball skills.

    Prediction: Chiefs 27-13

    Here’s the deal: the Chiefs are the better team, so unless they turn the ball over and beat themselves with penalties, this shouldn’t morph into the dreaded “trap” game with a primetime showdown looming against Denver. Doug Martin hasn’t regained his pre-injury form, and the Bucs could have a tough time moving the ball on the opportunistic Chiefs if they can’t run the ball. Meanwhile, the Chiefs should be able to move the ball by playing smashmouth football against a front seven that has been spotty with its run fits. If the Chiefs do that to set up the passing game, they should be fine.
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    Worried about this game. The Bucs are coming off a morale-boosting win and the Chiefs Defense is loaded with injuries. Our Defense has been keeping us in games but can they do it with so many injured players? Very grateful this game is at Arrowhead. I think we are going to need every advantage we can get today.

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    It's going to have to be a Spencer Ware running the ball/Tyreek Hill returning kicks kinda win with all those injuries

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