The Kansas City Chiefs quest for pre-bye immortality and a 9-0 record takes them to the far land of Buffalo this weekend to take on the Bills.
Buffalo comes into the contest with a sub par 3-5 record and injury problems galore at the quarterback position. Thad Lewis, who had replaced the injured E.J. Manuel, is doubtful for the game with a rib injury. It’s being reported that the Bills will go with first year quarterback and first time starter Jeff Tuel out of Washington State. Overhyped disappointment Matt Flynn will be his backup.
Easy win for the 8-0 Chiefs?
At the very least, things are setting up nicely for Kansas City. No win comes easy in the NFL though, so the Chiefs will still have to execute on offense, and continue to be dominant on both special teams and defense.
As you prepare for today’s game, consider this your primer for everything Chiefs vs. Bills related:
Time: Noon. CDT
Where: Orchard Park, NY. Ralph Wilson Stadium
Radio: FM 101.1 The Fox. You can listen to it live here.
Live Stream: You can watch the game after it’s done at https://gamerewind.nfl.com (subscription required)
Point Spread: Kansas City -4 (Bovada.lv)
Chiefs Player To Keep An Eye On: Jamaal Charles, RB
Jamaal Charles was a bit banged up with a knee injury this week and he even missed a practice. With that said, last I checked, he’ll be good to go for the game and should have a normal workload, per Josh Alper of profootballtalk.com. Charles is the Chiefs’ best and most consistent weapon on offense, and right now, he’s one of the best running backs in the league. Not that he was ever in serious jeopardy, but at this point of the season when many players are banged up, it will be good to see him out there running the rock at full strength.
Chiefs Player Who Must Step Up: Dontari Poe, DT
As mentioned above, the Bills are going with a first year quarterback and first time starter in this game. Kansas City is notorious for bringing pressure, and this is a great week to keep the pedal to the metal. Justin Houston and Tamba Hali get all the accolades, but the true source of the Chiefs’ pressure starts up front with Poe moving back the line of scrimmage and shooting gaps. If he gets going early, it’s going to be a long day for Tuel and the Bills.
X Factor: Anthony Fasano, TE
I’d like to see Anthony Fasano get involved with the offense in a big way this weekend. I spoke highly of him in this week’s film room session, and he really could end up being a major x-factor for this offense in a good way.
Prediction: Chiefs: 33, Bills: 17
The Chiefs will roll heading into the bye week.