Week 8: Bills vs. Chiefs
The Bills head to Kansas City for Sunday's game with some momentum and confidence from their overtime loss in Baltimore. They are still looking for their first win however and it won't get any easier in Kansas City. The Chiefs have made a huge turnaround and are now sitting on top of the AFC West.
Sunday, Oct. 31st
FACTS AND FIGURES
||Buffalo (0-6) vs. Kansas City (4-2)
||Network: CBS; DirecTV: 707; Sirius: 130
||Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker
||Chiefs by 7½
||Bills lead 21-16-1 (Bills 2-1 in playoffs)
||Bills Won 3
||Bills 16-10 in Kansas City (2009)
||Rush (1st); Pass (30th); overall (12th)
||Rush (6th); Pass (25th); overall (17th)
||Rush (15th); Pass (23rd); overall (27th)
||Rush (32nd); Pass (9th); overall (28th)
The Bills should be without Cornell Green for a second straight week with a knee injury. There other starting tackle Demetrius Bell has missed practice time this week with a knee injury so the Bills may be real short at the position. Jairus Byrd should play but has missed practice time with a thigh injury. Terrence McGee should also return after missing three weeks with a back and knee problem. Keith Ellison hopes to get back on the field but has been out with a knee injury.
The Chiefs are pretty healthy as well. Three players were limited in practice this week but should be ok. S Reshard Langford, G Ryan Lija, WR Dexter McCluster (Ankle) have been slowed this week.
Check out our Bills Daily Injury Page throughout the week for the latest updates on the injured players.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. SS Eric Berry and FS Jon McGraw:
Fitzpatrick is on a roll and some are thinking he may be the QB of the future. He goes against a talented secondary this week and will need to watch where the talented safeties are at on each play. Fitz makes a lot of plays but he does make mistakes. He needs to avoid the big mistake this week if they have a chance to win.
LB Paul Pozluszny vs. RBs Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles:
The Chiefs two headed monster in the backfield lead the Chiefs to the number one running attack in the lead. Poz will need a big day in stopping the run to help keep them at bay.
S Donte Whitner vs. TE Tony Moeaki:
The Bills have struggled against tight ends all year and it doesn't get easier this week against Moeaki. He leads the Chiefs in receptions and has had a breakout year. Whitner has struggled against the tight ends this year and may get some help in coverage.
CB Terrence McGee vs. WR Dwayne Bowe:
McGee should return this week after missing three games with injuries. He will lineup against the best receiver the Chiefs have in Bowe. This should be a good battle. If McGee isn't 100% he could get some help from Leodis McKelvin against Bowe.
WR Lee Evans vs. CB Brandon Flowers:
Evans is on fire so Flowers will likely lineup against him most of the game. This should be a big battle between two veterans.
LT Demeterius Bell vs. OLB Tamba Hali:
Bell needs to be healthy for this game because Hali will be coming around the edge. He leads the team with 5½ sacks. If Bell can't go the Bills will likely slide Cordaro Howard to the left side and the undrafted free agent will be responsible for stopping Hali.
When The Bills Have The Ball: The Chiefs have struggled in pass defense and the Bills are suddenly red hot in the air. Can they continue that this week? I expect them to try and establish the run early since they do have a dynamic running game. That will open it up for the gun slinging mentality of Fitzpatrick to make big plays down the field.
When The Chief Have The Ball: They lead the league in running and facing a team that is last in run defense. They shouldn't try to fool the Bills by passing a lot. They will run the ball all day long. That will also help keep the Bills suddenly explosive offense off the field as well.
BILLS DAILY PREDICTION
The Bills have some confidence so they must think they have a chance to go in to Kansas City and come out with their first win of the year. The Chiefs are very confident and have a chance to actually run away with their division. They can't afford to lose to a bad team at home where they have some very rabid fans. I think the Bills will keep it close but will give up 30 or more points for a sixth straight game and lose another shootout:
Chiefs 33, Bills 30
Season Prediction Record: (4-2)
Season Record Against The Spread: (2-4)
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