Five Chiefs players who need to step up versus the Buffalo Bills

Heading into the Week 14 showdown against the Buffalo Bills, which players on the KC Chiefs need to step up to bounce back and improve to 9-4?

Nov 20, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25)
Nov 20, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Due to Isiah Pacheco missing this game (shoulder injury), Clyde Edwards-Helaire will see a lot more action in this game. The Chiefs have been patient with the run game at times in recent weeks, with Pacheco seeing at least 20 carries against Philadelphia and Green Bay. If Kansas City is going to continue this philosophy, CEH has to play well, which hasn't been a common occurrence with him.

If Andy Reid decides to go pass-heavy in the case of a Pacheco absence, then CEH won't play as significant of a role in the game. If asked to run on 1st down, CEH needs to rise to the occasion. Explosiveness has been an issue throughout his career, but the Chiefs don't need him to make big plays, just get 4-6 yards on 1st down and 2-3 in short yardage situations. This Chiefs offense isn't good enough to easily overcome 2nd and longs. Edwards-Helaire will also see an increased role in the passing game and could play an important role in that part of the game as well, especially if Jerick McKinnon isn't healthy enough for his regular workload.

The 2018-2022 Chiefs weren't afraid of 2nd/3rd and longs, but given the state of the offense, success on early downs can easily be the difference between points and a punt, and it starts with former 1st round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire.