USA Online Sportsbooks Set Tampa Bay Buccaneers As 2 1/2 Point Favorites Over Kansas City Chiefs In Second Pre-Season Game

August 17, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs are looking for their first win of the 2010 pre-season. They meet in Raymond James Stadium Sunday night for the chance to take the zero off their win column.

Much to the delight of Tampa Bay fans, the ‘Bucs showed flashes of offensive production. They looked much better than the unit that finished 28th in overall offense last season. Josh Freeman drove the team down the field, and even hooked up with Sammie Stroughter for a touchdown.

There weren’t many bright spots for the Chiefs in their first pre-season game, as they lost to the Atlanta Falcons 20-10. They did allow almost a touchdown less than their season average of 26.5 last season, but Matt Cassell failed to put together a scoring drive.

BetUS sportsbook has set the Buccaneers as 2 1/2-point favorites against the Chiefs at home. USA friendly sportsbooks have set the over/under for the total points scored in the game by both teams a little higher at 34 points.

Tampa Bay’s offense had many players step up and contribute in the receiving corps. Chris Brooks out of Nebraska had the most yards with 50. Stroughter, Mike Williams and Ryan Purvis all had long catches of 15 yards or more. The Buccaneers’ rushing attack was led by Kareem Huggins with 55 yards. Some said that head coach Raheem Morris selected Huggins out of Hofstra to be loyal to his alma mater, but the tail back showed why he could be a major producer down the line. Carnell Williams made an impressive start, and will likely start the regular season opener according to the 2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season preview. The Chiefs’ defense will be led by veteran Mike Vrabel, and Tamba Hali will be opposite him in the outside linebacker spot. Glen Dorsey will look to have a break out year in his third season with the team. Draft pick Eric Berry will look to add more takeaways to a secondary that finished 16th in interceptions last season.

If Cassel cannot prove to be the player Todd Haley thought he was, Brodie Croyle could get another shot to start at quarterback. He will be throwing to familiar hands of Dwayne Bowe, while draft pick Dexter McCluster will try to make the starting roster ahead of veteran Chris Chambers. Running back Thomas Jones will look to continue his career in Kansas City after the New York Jets didn’t resign him in favor of other talent. Jamaal Charles is expected to head the running back corps when looking at the 2010 Kansas City Chiefs season preview. Looking to stop the Chiefs’ running attack will be first round draft pick Gerald McCoy out of Oklahoma. Starting behind him will be Barrett Ruud and Geno Hayes, who will likely be spelled by Jon Alston and Quincy Black. The 10th ranked pass defense from last season will return Pro Bowler Ronde Barber and Tanard Jackson. New addition Corey Lynch recorded the most solo tackles of any Buccaneer defender in their first pre-season game.

Neither kicking game was a factor in the pre-season opener. Ryan Succop missed two of his three field goal attempts against the Falcons, and Hunter Lawrence missed his only attempt on the rain soaked field in Miami.

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