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Sunday, November 2, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Buccaneers 30, Chiefs 27

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Their defense was dismal and the offense was characteristically inconstant. The biggest thing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had going for them Sunday was that they were playing the Kansas City Chiefs.

In the end, reality set in and the Bucs won. At 6-3, they've got the same win total as NFC South leader Carolina (6-2 and on bye this week). The win sure beats the alternative, but it continued to show the Bucs have flaws. When you're a good coach, like Jon Gruden is, you can find ways to win with flaws -- some of the time. But you can't go on forever and you won't get far playing the way the Bucs have the last two weeks.

They've got Joey Galloway back, but that hasn't helped the offense much. And there may be more trouble brewing. Did you notice at the end of the game that starting tailback Earnest Graham, who fumbled twice, wasn't the field? He was on the sideline and undrafted rookie Clifton Smith was in the game.

Gruden sometimes puts players into the doghouse and Graham could be there. Makes you nervous though because backup Warrick Dunn is hurt and this may force the Bucs to rush Cadillac Williams back from his recovery from knee surgery. Don't be surprised if Williams, who probably should sit out the rest of the season, is back on the field very soon. The Bucs have tried just about everything else on offense and it hasn't worked.