Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills NFL Week 2 Preview

By Scott DelleFave
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Buffalo Bills (0-1)

2012 Team Rankings

Total Yards: 8th-tied (390.0 yards/game)
Rushing Yards: 1st (195.0 yards/game)
Passing Yards: 25th (195.0 yards/game)
Points: 11th (28.0 points/game)

Total Yards Against: 22nd (384.0 yards/game)
Rushing Yards Against: 21st (118.0 yards/game)
Passing Yards Against: 19th-tied (266.0 yards/game)
Points Against: 32nd (48.0 points/game)

Takeaway/Giveaway: 27th-tied (-3 turnovers)
Net Points: 30th-tied (-20 points)
Net Yards: +6 yards

Football Outsiders Rankings
Overall: 30th
Offense: 26th
Defense: 23rd
Special Teams: 29th
Power Rankings

RantSports.com: 25th
NFL.com: 28th
ESPN: 24th
FOX: 23rd
CBS: 21st
Yahoo: 21st
2012 Team Leaders

Passing: Ryan Fitzpatrick – 18/32 (56.3%) for 195 yards (6.1 yards/attempt) and 3 touchdowns to 3 interceptions (66.5 rating); 2 carries for 8 yards
Rushing: C.J. Spiller – 14 carries for 169 yards (12.1 yards/attempt) and 1 touchdown; 2 receptions for 25 yards
Receiving: Steve Johnson – 4 receptions for 55 yards (13.8 yards/reception) and 1 touchdown

Solo Tackles: Nick Barnett – 5 solo tackles (9 total);
Kelvin Sheppard – 5 solo tackles (8 total)
Sacks: N/A
Interceptions: Bryan Scott – 1 interception, 1 pass defended, 2 tackles, 1 forced fumble

Kicking: Rian Lindell – 4/4 extra points, 4 total points
Punting: Brian Moorman – 6.5 net average, 40.5 average, 0/2 inside the 20
Kick Returns: Leodis McKelvin – 3 returns for 71 yards (23.7 average)
Punt Returns: Leodis McKelvin – 1 return for 27 yards

2012 AFC East Standings

1. (1-0) New York [1-0 DIV, 1-0 CONF]
2. (1-0) New England [0-0 DIV, 1-0 CONF]
3. (0-1) Miami [0-0 DIV, 0-1 CONF]
4. (0-1) Buffalo [0-1 DIV, 0-1 CONF]

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Kansas City Chiefs (0-1)

2012 Team Rankings

Total Yards: 7th (393.0 yards/game)
Rushing Yards: 5th (152.0 yards/game)
Passing Yards: 18th (241.0 yards/game)
Points: 14th (24.0 points/game)

Total Yards Against: 20th (376.0 yards/game)
Rushing Yards Against: 15th (84.0 yards/game)
Passing Yards Against: 25th (292.0 yards/game)
Points Against: 28th-tied (40.0 points/game)

Takeaway/Giveaway: 27th-tied (-3 turnovers)
Net Points: 27th (-16 points)
Net Yards: +17 yards

Football Outsiders Rankings
Overall: 28th
Offense: 16th
Defense: 30th
Special Teams: 28th
Power Rankings

Rantsports.com: 17th
NFL.com: 19th
ESPN: 19th
FOX: 16th
CBS: 24th
Yahoo: 21st

2012 Team Leaders

Passing: Matt Cassel – 21/33 (63.6%) for 258 yards (7.8 yards/attempt) and 1 touchdown to 2 interceptions (72.5 rating); 4 carries for 20 yards and 1 touchdown; 1 lost fumble
Rushing: Jamaal Charles – 16 carries for 87 yards (5.4 yards/attempt)
Receiving: Dexter McCluster – 6 receptions for 82 yards (13.7 yards/reception)

Solo Tackles: Derrick Johnson – 7 solo tackles (8 total)
Sacks: Justin Houston – 1.0 sack, 2 tackles
Interceptions: N/A

Kicking: Ryan Succop – 1/2 field goals, 3/3 extra points, 6 total points
Punting: Dustin Colquitt – 47.0 net average, 47.0 average, 1/1 inside the 20
Kick Returns: Javier Arenas – 4 returns for 79 yards (19.8 average)
Punt Returns: Javier Arenas – 1 return for 14 yards (14 yard average)


Last week Buffalo simply did not look prepared. Chan Gailey was out-coached before the game even started. The Bills were beat in all phases of the game, even special teams. Perhaps Buffalo was too focused on stopping Tim Tebow, which was something they actually did well against last week. The problem is Tebow only touched the ball five times. The Bills are now 2-11 against divisional opponents under Gailey. The defense was awful all around against the Jets. There was zero pass rush and young corner backs Stephon Gilmore and Aaron Williams were burned consistently throughout the game. The defense needs to get its act together and Mario Williams needs to stop making excuses. The highest paid defensive player in NFL history had just one tackle last week and his blaming of the replacement refs was unjustified. There are no excuses for giving up 48 points. The Bills run defense was one minor bright spot, as they didn’t let the Jets run all over them. Dave Wannstedt certainly has a lot of work to do this week. Any improvement at all will be welcome.

Meanwhile Fitzpatrick’s plan to cut down on turnovers didn’t work out so well. He was off target all day and threw three interceptions. Fitzpatrick has had a problem with consistency throughout his career. Hopefully he will settle down this week. The running game on the other hand was outstanding. C.J. Spiller had 169 yards on 14 carries and accounted for half of the Buffalo offense. He looked real good last week and should do well while Fred Jackson recovers from a knee injury. Jackson could be out anywhere from three to eight weeks. Slot receiver David Nelson’s knee injury unfortunately landed him on the injured reserve. Donald Jones is likely to shift to the slot and rookie T.J. Graham will be on the outside opposite of Steve Johnson. Ruvell Martin is the only other receiver on the active roster. The next two games are must wins for the Buffalo Bills (Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns)… the two games after that are New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers. Realistically, the best the Bills can hope for is a 2-3 start.

As for Kansas City under former interim, now permanent Romeo Crennel, they looked stellar in the first half versus the Atlanta Falcons with great sound passes from Matt Cassel to Dexter McCluster and Dwayne Bowe, and performed smart sharp runs by Jammal Charles and only trailed 20-17.

That’s when it all it seemed to fall apart for Kansas City, the offensive line fell apart which allowed Atlanta to force interceptions and a strip sack of Matt Cassel.  In addition  to offensive woes, the Chiefs defense struggled to get pressure on Matt Ryan and subsequently he had all day to pick apart the defense. eventually these flaws were too much and the Chiefs would go on to lose the game 40-24.

These two teams have significant parallels, with very talented teams on both sides of the ball. With that being said, I think both teams as well their Quarterbacks are what holds each team back from achieving greatness. As for my preview for the score, both teams will have a lot to prove after both stinking up the joint last week, I will say the Bills beat the Chiefs 27-24.

Thanks again for reading this, as per usual I welcome discussion either leave a comment or hit me up on twitter @TheProfessorSD. Enjoy the day!

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