It’s easy to write off the 3-5 Buffalo Bills as a team incapable of getting the job done against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. That’s especially true if you haven’t been watching the Bills play this season. There’s a lot more to be said of this sub-.500 club, and it would be unwise for the Chiefs to simply write them off.
For one thing, the Bills have been competitive in every one of their games this season. In fact, with the exception of last week’s loss to the New Orleans Saints and a Week 5 slip-up against the Cleveland Browns, all of the Bills’ losses this year have been decided by a touchdown or less.
Add that to the fact that Buffalo will be hungry for a win in their first home game since October 13, and it’s looking less and less like an easy win for the Chiefs. The argument could even be made that this is a trap game for Kansas City, who are not nearly as good a team as their 8-0 record would suggest.
One look at the Chiefs’ schedule through the first half of the season will confirm that. It’s no coincidence that seven of the eight teams the Chiefs have beaten this year possess losing records. A perfect record is nothing to scoff at, but it’s markedly less impressive when the only winning club you’ve faced is the Dallas Cowboys.
But it’s not just that the Chiefs aren’t that good. Alex Smith will be facing one of the most productive pass rushing defenses in the NFL and is prone to crumpling under pressure. Mario Williams is having a career season, and it’s not hard to imagine the Bills’ D forcing plenty of mistakes.
The outcome of this game will likely come down to whether or not the Bills offense can capitalize on those mistakes against one of the league’s premier defenses. It’s a long shot, but with the ever-improving Thad Lewis expected to play and the return of a healthy CJ Spiller, it’s certainly not out of the question.