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One Last ‘Trap’ Before The Prize


Many NFL fans including yours truly have been expecting the Chiefs to let at least one winnable game slip through their hands during their historic conquest. Each week, the NFL is proven wrong.

Nonetheless, this week will be another big test on the road against a hungry team.

This time, however, the game is against an oddly familiar opponent – the Chiefs have played the Bills in each of the last five seasons and the results have been less than spectacular. The Bills lead the series over the Chiefs 4-1 with a crushing combined score of 156-78 over Kansas City.

Luckily for the Chiefs, they’re heading to Buffalo at a time when the team is sifting through a series of sub par

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options at quarterback. With their first-round pick EJ Manuel still sidelined with an injury, the question is whether they will go with the sick and wounded former practice-squader Thad Lewis, undrafted free agent Jeff Tuell, or Oakland castaway Matt Flynn.

None of these options are particularly good for Buffalo. Although Lewis has performed admirably these past couple of weeks, putting him out there with injured ribs and a case of the flu against the league’s best pass-rushing attack might be a shade foolish. Then again, this would be Tuell’s first game at this stage and Flynn gave up 7 sacks and had a QBR rating of just 2.9 in his only start this season – against the defensively challenged Redskins.

The biggest knock against the Chiefs so far this season has been their fortunate schedule thus far. Regardless of whom the Bills suit up at QB, this will be the fourth backup playcaller Kansas City has played in nine games. In other words, the doubts won’t cease with a win, and the Chiefs aren’t going to earn many respect points for taking care of the Bills on a business trip up north.

But, that’s not why this game matters.

If the Chiefs can push past the Bills and go 9-0, not only will they stay one game ahead of the Broncos in the AFC West/Conference lead, but they will have officially punched their ticket to the playoffs. With nine wins, even the most complete and utter collapse for the rest of the season couldn’t keep them out of the postseason, especially given how weak their competition for a wild card spot appears to be this year.

So, while this game may end up being the calm before the storm in the form of three straight division games when they get back from the bye, a win here is still a big deal.

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  • Mark Bustamante

    Any win is a big win no matter who the opponent is. No team is guaranteed a win in the NFL. Anyone who thinks like that not be in this league for long. The CHIEFS need to play a COMPLETE GAME. No mistakes no penalties no mental lapses. I don’t care if no one respects us as long as WE RESPECT our opponent not get cocky and think all we need to do is show up. GO CHIEFS

    • Jim Harper

      Sound advice Mark!

    • Nicholas Abuhl

      Spot on.

    • cd3382

      Well said sir.

  • Larry Devore

    To those that berate the Chiefs, there’s one thing to say. Deal with it! If it was their team, you wouldn’t hear a pep out of them. go Chiefs

  • BigGil

    Jeff Tuel played a little bit this year (when EJ went down in their game against the Browns). He pretty promptly threw a pick six to TJ Ward. So, yeah…

  • e_racer

    It’s one game at a time. I can’t see the prize because that won’t come until 2014.

  • sidibeke

    The backup thing is a bit misleading, though, IMO. I think Pryor counts. If Keenum performs like he did against KC, he’ll be the new starter. And I’m not sure Campbell isn’t the best QB on CLE’s roster. Oh year, and Fitzpatrick is a chronic pain in KC’s side. I have to say, the options for Buf tomorrow are lacking, though.

  • freshmeat62

    That 4-1 record against the Bills the last 5 years is completely irrelevant. Almost completely different teams,QB’s, and coaches.

    I can see this game being a 7-3 final, w/ the 7 coming from a pick-6. And I wouldn’t bet a nickel on picking a winner. I think this game will come down as to which offensive staff can come up w/ plays that keep their QB upright the longest.

  • Phillip Maxwell

    Prior to this season we had a 6 game home losing streak to the Raiders….a 4 game losing streak to the Eagles….a 2 game losing streak to the Cowboys and am not sure but, probably a losing streak to the Giants also…ALL BROKEN. That 1-4 to Buffalo doesn’t mean a thing this season.