Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/14/12
TAMPA BAY, Fla. -- The Kansas City Chiefs expected the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be a run-first team struggling to find its rhythm in the passing game. Instead the Chiefs found Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman airing it out and hitting his stride to beat Kansas City 38-10 on Sunday. Fresh off a bye week, Freeman completed 15 of 26 passes for 328 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson caught two touchdown passes. The first came on a 19-yard strike, set up by a 42-yard catch-and-run from rookie running back Doug Martin. The second came in the fourth quarter on a 17-yard touchdown, putting the Bucs up 31-10. Mike Williams caught four passes for 113 yards receiving, including a 62-yard touchdown while fighting off two defenders. It was Williams' second consecutive 100-yard receiving game. "Mike is an incredible weapon," said Bucs coach Greg Schiano. "If they are going to take away Vincent, then just keep going and all of a sudden Mike makes a few, (and) now you start going to Vincent. That's a nice ham-and-egg there you can do." "He gets me excited," running back LeGarrette Blount said of Williams' play that energized the offense. "He makes me want to go out there and play even more." Blount delivered the final blow of the game, leaping into the end zone on a 12-yard run with 2 minutes remaining. "That touchdown was just kind of icing on the cake," said Blount, who rushed for 58 yards on seven carries. "With all the passion that this team has, there should be a lot more games like this." The Bucs defense held the league's leading rusher, Jamal Charles, to 40 yards on 12 carries. Through five games, Kansas City had averaged 226.1 yards on the ground. Against Tampa Bay's defense, the Chiefs rushed for 260, but struggled through the air. Starting in place of injured quarterback Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn completed 22 of 38 passes for 180 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. The first interception came in the first quarter, when Mark Barron picked off Quinn at the Tampa Bay 7-yard line. The second, a 78-yard interception return for a touchdown by Ronde Barber, came on a pass from Quinn intended for Dexter McCluster, giving the Bucs an 18-point lead in the third quarter. "I got hit on the play, but I thought I put the ball in a good spot. All a sudden, I looked up and saw him running. It was a tremendous play on his part," Quinn said of Barber's interception. Both he and Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel questioned if the ball hit the ground. The play was reviewed. "We thought that it hit the ground and then bounced up and he caught it, but they couldn't tell definitely on the replay, so they ruled it as a touchdown," Crennel said. Barron and Barber led the Bucs with six tackles each. Barron said emphasis on discipline and technique, including tackling drills every day, helped the Bucs overcome woes that plagued them against the Redskins. "Discipline and everybody doing their job and holding their responsibility. It's that simple," said Barron, who had two tackles for a loss. The Bucs defense did not allow an offensive scoring play the entire game. "The defense is the heart and soul of this team," said Blount. "They've shown that repeatedly. They're going to continue to give us chances to win games like this." Notes: Kansas City had a blocked punt at the beginning of the fourth quarter by Shaun Draughn. It was recovered by Bucs punter Michael Koenen, who fumbled. Draughn's teammate, Edgar Jones, recovered it, running it in for an 11-yard touchdown. It was the second blocked punt of the game. ... Bucs kicker Connor Barth attempted a 55-yard field goal just before halftime and missed, ending his streak for the league's most consecutive field goals at 25. ... The Bucs secondary, ranked 32nd (last) in passing defense, was without cornerback Aqib Talib. Talib began serving a league-mandated four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs. He was replaced by E.J. Biggers.
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