Chiefs vs. Buccaneers 2012: Deep ball key to Tampa Bay victory

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Josh Freeman's deep ball was the key to Tampa Bay's blowout win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cruised to a 38-10 blowout victory in Week 6, manhandling the Brady Quinn-led Kansas City Chiefs.

As one might expect, the Buccaneers excelled in all phases of the game, holding the Chiefs to just 260 yards of total offense, while racking up 463 yards of their own.

Josh Freeman was just 15-of-26 passing, but did manage to pass for 328 yards, while throwing three touchdowns and one interception in the win. Freeman's 62-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams in the first quarter set the tone for the entire game.

Sander Philipse over at Bucs Nation, SB Nation's Tampa Bay Buccaneers blog, noted that the deep pass helped facilitate Tampa Bay's blowout victory.

Josh Freeman and company did not disappoint, despite an early and unnecessary interception. Freeman gave his receivers a chance to make contested catches, and they rewarded his faith with a multitude of spectacular plays.

Mike Williams was especially impressive, as the third-year wide receiver regularly outfought Kansas City cornerback Stanford Routt for the football. With four catches for 113 yards and a touchdown, Williams had his second consecutive 100-yard game and he sparked the offense with a 62-yard touchdown catch-and-run in the first quarter. Having inserted Jamon Meredith at right guard in place of Ted Larsen, the Bucs offensive line looked outstanding, giving up just one sack and no other quarterback hits.

Freeman now has completed 80-of-145 passes for 1,118 yards, while throwing eight interceptions against five interceptions. Freeman's quarterback rating of 124.7 on Sunday was easily his highest mark of the season, and Buccaneers fans hope it is a sign of things to come.

The Buccaneers will now get ready to play host to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in Week 7, in what could end up being a pivotal NFC South showdown, as both teams try to get back into the NFC playoff picture.

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