Chiefs vs. Bills NFL Week 9: TV Schedule, Betting Lines, Prediction
TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 3, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Ralph Wilson Stadium
Weather: High 47, Low 36
Line: Kansas City (-3)
One season ago if I told you that the Kansas City Chiefs would be 8-0 to begin the 2013 season, you would have called me nuts. Well the team that was 2-14 a season ago has made the biggest turnaround of any squad this season and Andy Reid and Alex Smith are big reasons for that surprise success. Smith has been a magician at quarterback this season for the unbeaten Chiefs, passing for 1,795 yards and nine touchdowns while rushing for another 258 yards and a score. Smith has been a godsend for the Chiefs this season after the program was searching for a quarterback to lead this team into the future. Surprisingly, running back Jamaal Charles has been Smith’s favorite target this season, catching 41 passes for 383 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another 635 yards and six touchdowns. Donnie Avery is the second-leading receiver with 374 yards and a score.
Although the Buffalo Bills are 3-5 and in last place in the AFC East, they have something to look forward to in the upcoming weeks when they are set to get rookie starting quarterback EJ Manuel back. Thaddeus Lewis has been filling in for the injured QB, passing for 652 yards and three touchdowns in three games this season. Manuel had 985 yards and five touchdowns in five games before he was injured. Stevie Johnson has been the leading receiver this season, not caring who passes to him, catching 33 passes for 387 yards and three touchdowns on the year. However, the run game has been the most impressive with the dynamic duo of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. Jackson has accounted for 425 yards and six touchdowns on the year while Spiller has 362 yards and a score.
Defensively, the Bills have one of the worst units in the league. Ranking 25th in the league in points allowed per game and 26th in yards allowed per game, the Bills are consistently poor across the board. The Chiefs, on the other hand, have one of the best defenses in the league, ranking first in points allowed per game and fifth in total yards allowed per contest.
PREDICTION: Chiefs 23, Bills 14