Chiefs vs. Bills: 5 Keys To Victory

John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

The Kansas City Chiefs will try to avoid going 0-2 this Sunday when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills.

The Chiefs stumbled out of the gate against the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday. Matt Ryan and company had their way with the KC secondary, scoring on their first eight possessions. Chiefs QB Matt Cassel and Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll were able to hang with the Falcons for a half but with no help from the defense, the offense finally cracked and turnovers led to a lopsided defeat.

The Bills shared a similar fate on NFL’s opening weekend. Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two interceptions in the first quarter against the Jets. New York ended up winning the game 48 to 28.

Here are my five keys to victory for the Chiefs to get the win this Sunday.

1. Unleash Tamba Hali

Hali, if you ask me, is the biggest culprit in KC’s Week 1 loss. Some folks will tell you that one player couldn’t have made that much of a difference but I disagree. Hali’s mere presence on the field would have made life a lot more difficult for the Falcons. Whether it was by drawing double teams, making things easier for Justin Houston, forcing the Falcons to run more thus slowing their attack or disrupting the offense’s rhythm, had Hali played the game could have turned out much differently for the Chiefs.

Well, Hali is back this week and he has the opportunity to make up for letting his teammates down last week. Ryan Fitzpatrick is not Matt Ryan and the Bills lack the plethora of weapons the Falcons feature. If Hali has a strong game, the KC defense will surely improve dramatically in Week 2.

2. Get Eric Berry involved

Eric Berry was a non-factor on defense last week. That absolutely cannot continue to happen. Berry had his game to shake off the rust, now he needs to relax and start making plays.

Berry should be motivated. It was Bills WR Steve Johnson who blocked him low in the 2011 season-opener. As a result of that block, Berry tore his ACL and missed the rest of the season.

I expect a much more aggressive Eric Berry this week and that is a good thing for the Chiefs.

3. Stop Spiller and Johnson

The Bills feature two play-makers in RB CJ Spiller and WR Steve Johnson. Even if Brandon Flowers plays this week, he is sure to be a little rusty. The Chiefs need to make sure they give him some help and force Ryan Fitzpatrick to look elsewhere.

Spiller showed last week he is a home run threat, ripping off two long runs against the Jets. The Chiefs must not let him break free.

4. Stay calm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey is an excellent game planner. The Bills are going to take their shots and they’ll likely bust out  a big play or two. The Chiefs have got to remain calm on both sides of the ball but especially offense. If Matt Cassel and the offensive line start pressing like they did when they fell behind the Falcons it could lead to disaster.

5. Neutralize Mario Williams

Mario Williams is going to be coming for Matt Cassel. The Chiefs need to make sure he doesn’t get there. The Jets did a great job of shutting Williams down and Mark Sanchez was able to carve up the Buffalo secondary. Cassel is at least as good as Sanchez and he has more weapons. John Abraham and the Falcons showed that one play can change the course of a game last week when Branden Albert got beat. That can’t happen this weekend.

All right, Addicts, those are my keys to victory. What are yours?

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs

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  • DoubleD

    Task # 1 should be to shut down CJ Spiller. That will force Fitzpatrick to beat us with his arm. I like our odds on that.
    On offense, the Chiefs should try to run the Bills linebackers ragged. Bounce Charles outside, run screens, reverses and slants. Always keep a TE or RB back to block. Heavy doses of the short passes.

  • Calchiefsfan

    I agree with DD, stop Spiller first and everything else gets a lot easier. We’ll have Hali and Flowers back and they will be facing an offense that is nothing compared to Atlanta’s. Should be a completely different story for our defense. On a side note, I’m hoping that Poe continues to improve. He was a pleasant surprise last week.

    On offense just do what we did last week in the first half without the pressing of the second half. More Jamaal and more McCluster. Bowe will be further along this week and be more of a factor.

    I want to see our o line getting more in sync. I believe they are the key to our offensive success throughout the year. As they go Cassel goes.

  • vbchief

    Would like to see j. Baldwin involved more in this game. And hopefully we get to see hillis.a.k.a Bane bust the defense up.

  • vbchief

    My five keys for this week

    * Get some morning glory.(sex)
    * grab an old school jersey. Thinking maybe Barry word ??!!!!
    * head to my favorite pub and immediatly order a pitcher of beer and a jaeger bomb!!!
    *I called for Chiefs reinforcements. There are alot of bills fans here. Dont ask me why.
    * Commence beating the crap outta the bills fans if they get outta line.

    All these things should pile up for a victory for the chiefs

    GO CHIEFS!!!!

  • Jim Harper

    You guys have done a great job and I don’t have much to add, except the morning glory thing.At 64 I would rather be left alone thank you very much rather than having to take a nap before the game. Not to mention I don’t want to cuddle during the game.

  • ArrowFan

    Berry needs to shave that junk off his chin. I love him though.

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  • chiefsman35

    come on the CHIEFS!!!

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