Both teams are 5-5 when the Buffalo Bills hit the road to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Just a week removed from keeping Tom Brady and the Patriots pretty limited despite a seven-point loss, the Bills are expected to fall to a seemingly unstoppable Chiefs team.
Everyone knew it was going to be good when the Patriots used "Rex Ryan" as an audible against Rex Ryan and the Bills last week, but things just got better when Ryan started throwing his headset around on the sideline. The Bills have all the talent to be successful and have been hit or miss this year, but they've started to show glimpses of potential the past few weeks.
Coming off a short week isn't good news for Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who after finally get back into the starting role, was clearly uncomfortable after falling on his throwing shoulder Monday. Running back LeSean McCoy had the offense's best performance against the Patriots, rushing for 82 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, and recording 41 receiving yards. Lack of big plays has limited the Bills throughout the season, and the issue is only growing.
Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith is only 82 passes away from beating Tom Brady's record of consecutive throws without an interception, and he might be just a couple games away. The passing game is fine, but the real offensive weapon is the rush attack. As long as Smith keeps handing the ball off, they will continue to have success on the ground.
Andy Reid commented on the state of the offensive line, claiming he prefers a little "nastiness" and "attitude" on the line, which he gets in heaps with Jeff Allen, in for an injured Ben Grubbs. Allen's presence the past few weeks has contributed to the team's turnaround. The line is still allowing too many sacks, with three just last week, but are doing a solid job at allowing for a successful run game.
The Chiefs' defense has been bright spot this season, especially recently, allowing only 26 total points in the past three games. This show of dominance has been a big aid in evening out their record and climb up the power rankings. They're the best in the NFL against tight ends, fourth best against the run, sixth in sacks, and second in interceptions -- which is probably why they are favored over the Bills.
At CBS Sports, almost all experts are picking Kansas City over Buffalo in Week 12 while the ESPN panel is unanimously picking the home team. Here at SB Nation, all but one of our experts agree that the Chiefs come away with the win.
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