Chiefs Travel to Buffalo in a Battle of Desperate 0-1 Teams

Quietly One of the Biggest Games of the Day: Bills vs. Chiefs

9/16/12 in NFL   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Aug 25, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIREWe know the Patriots will be in the playoff picture come December.  The same can probably be said about the Texans, Steelers*, and Ravens, but which teams are going to be the ones on the fence when the AFC’s six playoff teams start rounding out?  The Bills and Chiefs both had a decent amount of preseason hype, in serious discussion as potential playoff contenders, but disappointing week one performances by the two teams left a lot of NFL watchers with some skepticism.  Which team will be able to bounce back more effectively?
 
The Bills started out last season in dream fashion, only to fizz out over the course of the year.  Still, the big addition of Mario Williams over the offseason led a lot of NFL watchers to believe the Bills could be for real this year.  Last season, their defense couldn’t stop anyone that came their way.  While losing 8 of their last 9 games in 2011, the Bills surrendered 30 or more points 5 times.  Williams and the Bills defense disappointed in a big way last weekend, giving up 48 points to a Jets offense that was filled with question marks going into the season.
 
Then on the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has shown signs of stability at points in his career.  He has a talented set of receivers at his disposal, particularly Steve Johnson, but inconsistency has plagued Fitzpatrick’s stint in the NFL so far.  CJ Spiller stepped up in a big way last week when veteran Fred Jackson went down, but can he continue to handle the bulk of the carries?
 
For just about every question you can pull for Buffalo, you’ll be able to equal it with another for Kansas City.
 
Last season, the Chiefs were all over the map, with low points being 41-7 and 48-3 losses to Buffalo and Detroit to open the season and high points being a 19-14 stunner over the Packers (their lone regular season loss last year) and a 7-3 defensive gem to close the season against Denver.  They finished the season with a 7-9 record, but won 3 of their last 5.
 
August 18, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) rushes against the St. Louis Rams in the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIREThe Chiefs figure to have as good a chance as just about anyone in the consistently unpredictable AFC West, which has produced different division winners in each of the last three seasons: San Diego, Denver and Kansas City in chronological order.  With a healthy Matt Cassel and Jamaal Charles back in action, could the Chiefs replicate their 10-6 campaign in 2010?
 
Well last week, it sure didn’t look it.  Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense completely torched the Chiefs and Kansas City gave up 40-plus points for their second straight home (and season) opener.  But on the bright side, the offense looked more competent that most of last season and Charles seems to be back to his 2010 self.
 
There’s a world of a difference between a 1-1 start and an 0-2 one, especially in a conference that has potential to feature an extremely tight playoff race.  So which team is going to come out on top in a very compelling matchup today?
 
*(Brief side note to Broncos fans: Despite Denver decisively beating Pittsburgh this past week, let’s give it a couple more games at least before we move them up a class, or consider moving the Steelers down)
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9/16/12   |   TigerSooner   |   125 respect

Here the Chiefs have my bud Glenn Dorsey and as I was askin him fore he left for trainin camp, how the hell am I supposed to react to the Bills. His answer floored me: what you do is remember on any given day .............. like you've always been told. Leave it to an LSU player to be so suttle. But I get the feelin you can't discount the Bills. Underneath every one of those guys is a sleepin giant ready to take on the big boys that are bigger than them and, that's scary to me; don't know bout you. Anybody see me get foolish in discountin the Bills come at me and tell me I've screwed up.

Have a good wk everybody and here's to a better next wkn for my Saints. I still believe I still believe.

9/16/12   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

jaysinw wrote:
Todd Haley is the O-coach for the Steelers this year, he was let fired before the end of last season. Good news the Chiefs lost.  

Totally forgot about that, thanks for catching it.  Rough start for the team.

9/16/12   |   jaysinw   |   4992 respect

Todd Haley is the O-coach for the Steelers this year, he was let fired before the end of last season. Good news the Chiefs lost.