PREVIEWING THE CHIEFS MATCH-UP

Chiefs

It’s baaack!

Those wonderful words we hear every year at this juncture of the season. Three simple words..

In. The. Hunt.

Remember when we led the division this season? And the season before? And before that?

Remember how we laid a few stinkers in a row? And last year?

7-9 can’t be far off…

Neeedless to say, this is a must win. And Tyrod is back at the helm. Will that help? Does he play defense?

I don’t think so.

Chiefs 27, Bills 16

Here’s what others think:

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports:

The Bills might be going back to Tyrod Taylor at quarterback here, which they should do. But does it matter? They are playing consecutive road games against a team that suffered an upset loss on the road last week. The Chiefs will get the offense going in this one. Look for a big game from Kareem Hunt.

Chiefs 30, Bills 16

Chris Simms of SB Nation:

The Kansas City Chiefs are always tough at home, but their defense stinks. Period. I think we’re going to see a motivated Tyrod Taylor for the Buffalo Bills. Everyone moves the ball on Kansas City, and I don’t expect that to change with the Bills.

On the other side of the ball, Buffalo presents a tough matchup for the Chiefs. Buffalo wants to force opponents to execute all the way down the field, and there are questions about Kansas City’s ability to do that. When trickery like speed-sweeps and shovel passes don’t work, can Alex Smith consistently drop back and beat defenses? I still have my doubts.

Buffalo is going to force Smith to dink and dunk to beat the zone, and that doesn’t play to Kansas City’s offensive strengths.

With all that said, I’m still going with the Chiefs. They’re at home and desperate to get back on track.

Chiefs 23, Bills 20

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com:

I know the Chiefs have struggled, losing four of their last five games, but they’re due for a fun outing. Bills coach Sean McDermott could make it an even better day for Kansas City by, I don’t know, signing Jeff Tuel and sending him out there. Maybe make a trade for Austin Davis. Perhaps, in sitting Tyrod Taylor and starting rookie Nathan Peterman against the Chargers last week, McDermott was trying to send a message to his team that no player was above being benched after the debacle(s) against the Jets and Saints. Well, Peterman threw five first-half picks and Taylor isn’t riding the pine anymore. It will be interesting to see how Taylor responds at a tough place to play like Arrowhead. How will Chiefs back Kareem Hunt play after yet another so-so game? After posting at least 100 yards from scrimmage in his first seven games, the rookie workhorse has failed to hit that mark in any of the last three contests.

Chiefs 30, Bills 17

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