Bucs Rip Chiefs 38-10, Quinn Loses Debut
TAMPA, Fla. — Quarterback Brady Quinn didn’t fare too well in his red and gold debut, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rocked the Kansas City Chiefs 38-10 on Sunday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium.
In his first start since 2009, Quinn completed 22 of 38 passes for 180 yards. He also threw two interceptions.
The Chiefs (1-5, 1-2 away) have not had a lead at any point this year. It is the longest such streak to start a season by an NFL team since 1983.
On the Bucs’ first drive, Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston intercepted QB Josh Freeman’s pass at the Chiefs’ 14-yard line. Kansas City embarked on a 10-play 60-yd drive, but it resulted in Quinn’s first interception of the day. A pass intended for tight end Steve Maneri was intercepted by Bucs safety Mark Barron at the Bucs’ 7-yd line.
Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt unleashed a beautiful 62-yd punt late in the first quarter, but the Bucs’ response was swift. On the first play of the ensuing drive, Freeman threw a 62-yd touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Williams to give Tampa Bay a 7-0 lead.
Williams finished the game with four catches for 113 yards and a TD.
Kansas City’s only TD came on defense early in the fourth quarter. Chiefs running back Shaun Draughn blocked Michael Koenen’s punt deep in Bucs territory. Koenen recovered the ball and threw an INT to Chiefs LB Edgar Jones, who returned the pick 11 yards for a TD. That narrowed the gap, but the Bucs still led 21-10.
Tampa Bay (2-3, 2-1 home) poured it on in the fourth quarter, scoring 17 unanswered points to put the nail in the coffin.
Freeman, a K-State alum and Grandview, Mo. native, torched the Chiefs for 328 yards and three TD’s. Freeman’s only INT came on the Bucs’ first drive. Chiefs LB Justin Houston picked Freeman’s pass at the Chiefs 14-yd line, saving what would’ve likely been another Bucs TD.
The Chiefs have a bye next week, before they return on October 28th to face the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium.