While the Chiefs are still dealing with injuries on defense, with starting cornerback Brandon Flowers (foot), nose tackle Anthony Toribio (ankle) and safety Kendrick Lewis (shoulder) still big question marks for this week’s game at Buffalo, injuries have sabotaged the Bills’ offense.
Wide receiver David Nelson, the slot receiver in Buffalo’s multiple three-wide sets, suffered a torn knee ligament in the Bills’ 48-28 loss to the Jets and will miss the rest of the season.
“Every year is a new year in the NFL,’’ Crennel said. “The coaches are back, but the team doesn’t stay the same. You’ve got new people added to the team, and they’re playing in the games and it takes awhile to develop that chemistry. You try as hard as you can in training camp to develop that, but until you start playing in games and guys have pressure on them to have to make plays in pressure situations, that’s when that chemistry begins to mold together and the unit begins to become more of a unit.’’
Since NFL rules no longer allow for endless practice, Crennel said there’s little the Chiefs can do to speed up the process.
Kansas City and Buffalo are both looking for their fi rst win on Sunday after suffering defeats in Week 1. The Chiefs were beaten 40-24 by the Atlanta Falcons at Arrowhead Stadium while the Bills fell 48-28 to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
The Chiefs and Bills meet for the fifth consecutive season with the fi rst contest at Ralph Wilson Stadium between the squads since 2005. The Bills have claimed victories in Kansas City in three of the last four seasons.
Against the Falcons on Sunday, the Chiefs matched Atlanta’s explosive offensive attack in the fi rst half, tying the score at 10-10 and 17-17 thanks to a 22-yard TD reception by TE Kevin Boss and five-yard TD run by QB Matt Cassel. The Falcons pulled away with two third-quarter touchdowns and two fourth-quarter fi eld goals before RB Shaun Draughn scored his fi rst career touchdown run on a four-yard carry.
While Wright claimed the Chiefs had $30 million to spend on players under the NFL’s salary cap rules, NFL.com writer Brian McIntyre says the Chiefs have $16.5 million to spend. That would leave the Chiefs with the fourth highest amount of money to spend according to McIntyre, behind only the Titans, Jaguars, and Browns.
As of Tuesday night, Wright claimed he was still blocked from the Chiefs Twitter account.