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Chiefs vs. Bills Rivalry Heating Up

The Kansas City Chiefs will travel to Buffalo this weekend to take on the Bills. Both teams will be hoping to avoid going 0-2.

The Bills, not unlike the Chiefs, entered the season with high expectations. The Bills, like the Chiefs, got stomped on opening weekend by the New York Jets.

The Chiefs know all about getting stomped on opening weekend. The Bills beat them 41 to 7 in 2011 at Arrowhead.

The fact of the matter is, Chiefs vs. Bills is becoming quite the rivalry. Sunday will be the 9th time the Chiefs and Bills have met since 2000, with Buffalo holding a 5-3 advantage. In fact, despite being in different divisions, they will meet for the 5th straight season on Sunday, thanks to both teams’ propensity to finish last in their divisions.

The Chiefs always have trouble with the Bills. It doesn’t seem to matter how bad the Bills are or how good the Chiefs are or vice versa.

I wouldn’t expect Sunday will be any different.

Throwing some gas on the Bills/Chiefs fire is the whole Eric Berry/Steve Johnson situation. As most of you know, during last year’s matchup, Johnson threw a low block on Berry. The Pro Bowl safety tore his ACL on the play and his season was over. Johnson was not fined for the block, though some, including Berry, have questioned whether or not the hit was dirty.

Chiefs fans have certainly weighed in on the matter. A number of KC fans have been tweeting to Johnson on Twitter and the Bills WR has responded in kind.

Then he followed that up with this:


Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel was asked yesterday if the Berry/Johnson saga made the game any more significant.

“I don’t believe so,” said Crennel. “Last year is last year and this year is this year. We need to focus on this year and trying to get better and trying to win the game.”

Crennel was asked three more questions about the situation which he basically ignored. The fact of the matter is that Crennel won’t do himself any favors by elaborating. With the Saints getting hammered for this bounty business, it would be incredibly foolish for the Chiefs to sit around in their locker room talking about somehow enacting revenge on Johnson.

That doesn’t mean that Berry won’t take the opportunity to put a little extra mustard on a hit to Johnson should he get the chance but I doubt he will do anything illegal. Berry doesn’t strike me as the type of player who would do anything dirty, regardless of whether he thinks Johnson’s hit last year was unethical.

If the Chiefs are looking for revenge, the best way for them to get it will be to go into Buffalo and make the Bills 0-2.

And if Berry laying some wood on Stevie Johnson helps the team achieve that, well, all the better.

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