Buffalo is 32nd in the NFL in rushing defense while the Chiefs come into the game first in the league in rushing offense. Kansas City is average 176.5 yards on the ground and the Bills are giving up 174.5 rushing yards per game on the season. RBs Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones combine for 950 of the Chiefs 1059 rushing yards. Between eight different rushers, the Bills only have 664 rushing yards for only one touchdown. Buffalo has allowed 1047 rushing yards and eight touchdowns to opponents.
But the Chiefs are better off today as a result of that decision to accelerate the development of a handful of young players. Six of those 2008 draft picks now start on a 4-2 Kansas City team that leads the AFC West by two games in the loss column.
First-round pick Branden Albert and sixth-rounder Barry Richardson provide the blocking at the two tackle spots for the NFL’s top-ranked rushing attack. Third-round pick Jamaal Charles leads the Chiefs in rushing with 489 yards.
“Encouraging signs,” veteran safety Jon McGraw said. “As a team, we can still look at our two losses and can still see some growth through those. Whereas there were some losses last year where we maybe didn’t have that sense.
“After losing as many games as we lost the last couple of years, it was easy to get in that frustrated mentality, like: ‘Gosh, what are we working so hard for?’ This year, the wins make a big difference. You know there’s some fruit from all the hard work. … If you’re winning games, life is good.”
Nobody wants to be the first to lose to a winless team this late in the season, so the Chiefs won’t be taking the Bills lightly. All they have to do is look at Buffalo’s last two trips to Arrowhead. In 2008, the Bills handed the Chiefs a 54-31 beating, the most points allowed in franchise history; last season, the Bills won 16-10.