Tampa Bay Buccaneers Edge Kansas City Chiefs 20-15 In Second NFL Pre-Season Game At Home

August 22, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

The Kansas City Chiefs took the field at Raymond James Stadium Saturday night on a mission to show their fans they have made the necessary adjustments to improve upon their 4-12 finish from a season ago. They fell just short of a win, but their starters went up early on the Tampa Bay defense. The best USA sportsbooks had them as slight underdogs to win the contest on the road.

The Buccaneers lost their starting quarterback Josh Freeman early to a fractured thumb. Freeman came on after the team started the season 0-7 going into the bye week, and defeated the Green Bay Packers for his first win. He led the team to three more wins last season as the team finished 3-13 on the season.

“It’s one of those things that happens in football,” Freeman said. “It hit a helmet, or it hit something. I haven’t seen the film, but it hit something harder than my thumb. It’s a little sore, obviously. It’s a little minor fracture, so it’s going to be a little sore. But it’s nothing that I don’t think we can get cleared up by the first week.”

The fracture happened in the opening quarter of the football game, and the injury means that Freeman’s preseason is over. The third quarterback selected in the 2009 draft will try to be ready when the ‘Bucs open up against the Cleveland Browns September 12th.

“It’s a huge setback, obviously, when you lose your first quarterback,” Bucs coach Raheem Morris said. “But we’re lucky. It’s an injury that we expect him back the first week of the season, and that’s very fortunate. It could be worse.

The good news for the Bucs is that fourth round draft pick Mike Williams out of Syracuse is shaping up to be the NFL playmaker that the front office expected him to be. The rookie had three receptions for 44 yards against the Chiefs. The ‘Bucs 2010 NFL betting odds will surely become more favorable as Williams continues to show good form on the field.

“The team didn’t blink and continued to play,” Morris added.

Josh Johnson and Rudy Carpenter both played well in relief of Freeman, and Micheal Spurlock had a 53-yard touchdown reception from Johnson to put his team ahead in the second quarter.

“Other people have worse situations. When I’ve got two quarterbacks to go in there and throw for over 100 passer rating, that makes you feel a little bit better about it as well.”

Ryan Succop tied the game at 10-10 with a 28-yard field goal for the Chiefs as time expired in the second quarter. Carpentar put the Buccaneers ahead for good with a five-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Nunn with 6:15 left to go in the game.

BetUS sportsbook had the Buccaneers as 2 1/2 point favorites over the Kansas City Chiefs, a number they covered with the 20-15 finish. Bettors betting the over on the 34 point over/under line won their wager.

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