Bills Will Start Jeff Tuel At Quarterback Against Chiefs from CBS Sports
The Bills have not announced a starter with Thad Lewis listed as doubtful, but Tuel, an undrafted free agent, will make his first start, the source said. Matt Flynn will be the primary backup and Lewis is not expected to be active.
Chiefs Host Healthy Halloween from The Mothership
For the fourth-consecutive year, the Chiefs celebrated Halloween in a healthy manner, hosting Healthy Halloween at Arrowhead Stadium earlier this week. This event supports children with type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes.
5 Things To Watch In Bills-Chiefs from WGR 550
Beware of the overload
The Kansas City Chiefs are mainly known on defense for the play of their two outside linebackers. Justin Houston and Tamba Hali have been two of the most statistically pertinent pass rushers in the NFL through the first half of the season, combining for 20 sacks between the two of them. Despite less sacks, Hali is the more impressive of the two. He's a relentless pass rusher that makes great use of his hands to get into the backfield. Houston on the other hand is more of a bull rush type that is less violent with his hands, but is effective nonetheless. Part of the reason they've been such an effective pair is because the Chiefs defense has been able to put their opponents in many third-and-long situations, leading to their aggressive side coming out. You won't see a lot of blitzes from Kansas City on first and second down, but on third down they'll provide their scariest look from time-to-time.
Scouting Report By Jay Skurski: Bills Need Run Game To Excel, Defense Must Get To Smith from The Buffalo News
The Bills are averaging 133.9 yards per game on the ground, which is good for seventh in the league. The Chiefs meanwhile, are allowing an average of 103.2 rushing yards per game, which is 10th best in the NFL. They are giving up an average of 4.7 yards per carry, however, which is tied for 28th in the league. According to Pro Football Focus, which charts every play of every NFL game, the Chiefs are allowing an average of 3.1 yards per carry from their base formation. When they go to sub packages, however, that number increases to more than 6 yards per carry. The Bills should try to spread the Chiefs' defense out, then run with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.
Chiefs' Hali Denies He's A Dity Player, After Bills' Charges Last Year from The Toronto Sun
You'll forgive Buffalo Bills offensive linemen if they don't have wrenched hearts at the thought of facing Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali again.
Not after they accused him of attempting to wrench one of their arms off and another's head off during last year's clash at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Buffalo Bills: Three... And Out from The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
1. Can the Bills contain Kansas City dual threat Jamaal Charles?
Charles is having a great season and has been the key to coach Andy Reid changing his offensive philosophy. Reid was always a pass-first guy in Philadelphia, but now he has adopted a running approach because Charles is so dynamic and versatile. He leads the Chiefs with 635 yards rushing, and also leads them in pass receptions (41) and receiving yards (383), plus he has 8 total TDs. Many of the catches are dump-offs which are basically just long handoffs, and the Bills will have to swarm to the ball in those situations. This could be a very busy day for LB Kiko Alonso.
Bills Could See Future In Chiefs from The Buffalo News
During the Bills' long march of dysfunction, it has been some consolation to know the Chiefs were even worse. From 2008-12, the Bills knocked off the Chiefs four times, more than they beat any other team over that five-year stretch. You would have thought K.C. was in their own division.
Over the last eight regular seasons, in fact, the Bills and Chiefs have identical 48-80 records. They've been cousins in misery, fond, faltering old rivals who can reminisce about their AFL days half a century ago.
So what in the name of Ed Podolak is going on here? The Chiefs roll into Ralph Wilson Stadium today with an 8-0 record. They're the only remaining unbeaten team in the NFL, the talk of the league.
KCChiefs.com Video: Week 9 Travel To Buffalo
Kansas City's Still Perfect, Skeptics Aside from The Olean Times Herald
The first clue was the point spread.
How does an undefeated NFL team visit the stadium of a sub-.500 opponent and be favored by a mere field goal?
Welcome to the world of the Chiefs.
Long Island's Mike Catapano Making His Mark As Member Of Chiefs' Defense from Long Island Newsday
Catapano, 23, has a reason for giving great effort. It's his trademark, something that has helped him grow from a target of bullies as a kid to a contributor on the NFL's top-ranked defense.
Catapano said he learned to play that way starting at age 8, when his mother, Barbara, signed him up for football. They lived in a new town, Bayville, and Catapano said he had trouble fitting in.
"Honestly, it was to kinda toughen me up a little bit," Catapano said. "I was like a nerd back then. I loved video games, I loved studying. And all the other kids were kinda like, 'What the heck's going on with this guy?' "
Quick-Hit Thoughts Around NFL & Patriots from ESPN
The NFL flexed the Week 11 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos in Denver to Sunday night, and the change was especially notable from this perspective because the Broncos travel to New England in Week 12. So they'll be coming off a hyped Sunday night home prime-time game against one of the best teams in the league, while the Patriots will be on a short week after a Monday night game at Carolina. When the NFL schedule initially was released in April, the games preceding the highly anticipated Patriots-Broncos game seemed to favor the Broncos (who had the Chiefs at 8-0?), mainly because the Patriots would have a shorter week of preparation. The picture looks a bit different now after the Chiefs' hot start.
Progress Is In The Eye Of The Beholder from The Buffalo News
At the halfway point of their first season under new head coach Doug Marrone and new General Manager Doug Whaley, the Buffalo Bills look better to the eye...
...But cast a glance at the standings or statistical rankings and the Bills don't look much better than before.
Results haven't improved yet. The Bills are 3-5, same as they were after eight games last year and trending toward a third straight 6-10 campaign.
With this afternoon's game against the Kansas City Chiefs opening the second half of the Bills' season, let's review each unit's performance to date on a five-star scale.
Chiefs vs Bills Preview: Fear Buffalo from Warpaint Illustrated
That means Sunday's game ball will likely be handed to the inexperienced, Jeff Tuel, and veteran journeyman, Matt Flynn, will be his primary back-up.
Neither quarterback possess the offensive talents to compete against the Chiefs highly rated defense. But in the whacky world of the NFL, that really doesn't matter.
Two weeks ago the Jacksonville Jaguars marched into Denver and gave the Broncos all they could handle. Thursday night the Dolphins upset the Cincinnati Bengals, despite the fact Miami had looked awful losing their last four games.
Six For Sunday: Backup Quarterbacks Usually Mean Losses from CBS Sports
By mid-season turnover differentials are real indicators of how teams play. There are seven games where the turnover differential is in double digits and that is not good for the team on the short end of that number. Kansas City is +10 over the Bills, Carolina is +11 over Atlanta, Dallas is +11 over Minnesota, Indianapolis is +18 over Houston, New England is +16 over Pittsburgh, Seattle is +10 over Tamp Bay and New Orleans is +20 over the Jets.
I might stay away from all the teams losing this battle.
NFL Insider: Charean William's Five Cents from The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Kansas City Chiefs' eight victories have come against teams with a combined record of 20-41, and they have no victories over teams that have a winning record. They will be tested soon enough. After their bye next week, the Chiefs play at Denver, San Diego and Denver in a three-week span. That's when we'll find out if they are for real.
NFP Sunday Blitz from National Football Post
There have been a lot of unsung heroes for the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs this season, but one of the guys who probably doesn't get enough credit, particularly given the way the team plays, is punter Dustin Colquitt. The nine-year veteran is key to the team's methodology - play a conventional game based, in part, on field position, turnovers, takeaways and the running game - and is having a standout season. Despite the Chiefs' unbeaten status, Colquitt remarkably leads the NFL in punts (49) and, while he ranks low in net average, he is No. 1 in punts inside the 20-yard line, while only four punters have forced more fair catches. Maybe outside the Kansas City locker room, Colquitt hasn't gotten much attention, but he certainly is appreciated by his teammates.
Hawkeye Announcer Podolak Has Provided Unvarnished Truth Since 1982 from The Des Moines Register
Podolak doesn't come to the booth with an armful of statistics. With a roster flipcard, a pair of binoculars and a Snickers bar within reach, and a small TV screen right above his head to watch replays, Podolak has everything he needs.
Football made him a star at the high school (Atlantic), college (Iowa) and NFL (Kansas City Chiefs) level. But he doesn't talk over the head of his listeners with his keen Xs-and-Os knowledge of the game.
NFL At Half-Season Mark: A Look Back, A Look Ahead from The Toronto Sun
The division titlists appear set: New England (6-2) has a two-game lead in the East, as does Cincinnati (6-3) in the North and Indianapolis (5-2) in the South. One of Kansas City (8-0) or Denver (7-1) will win the West.
Just about everybody would be shocked if whoever wins the West, the Chiefs or Broncos, doesn't finish with the No. 1 seed and resultant first-round bye and homefield playoff advantage.
A Wild And Crazy Year? Ehhh. Not So Much from The Abington Journal
THE "WAITING FOR THE OTHER SHOE TO DROP" AWARD: Kansas City Defense: How good has the Chiefs defense been this year? In leagues that award points for least yards allowed and points scored, the unit would rank 15th in total fantasy points scored. That's amazing. It is a talented defense, and is not going to go into the tank, but two second half games against Denver, two against San Diego and games against Washington and Indianapolis are tough to maintain that pace.
FOX Stars Try Hand At NFL Picks from FOX Sports
Ike Barinholtz (THE MINDY PROJECT)
1. CHIEFS over BILLS. I don't think Kansas City will ever lose another game ever again.
Spiller Almost All The Way Back from BuffaloBills.com
Listed as probable this week for the first time since sustaining the injury in Week 4, Spiller is starting to cut and juke defenders like he normally does when fully healthy.
"I feel good," Spiller told Buffalobills.com. "I'm getting back to my old self. Everything is coming back just like we planned, so that's why coach listed me as probably. We've had great discussions this whole week about seeing how it's feeling and how it's reacting. Everything has been on schedule so it's definitely starting to come back to what I'm accustomed to."
Quick Shots: College Football Lacks Showdowns from The Rockford Register Star
And it's not just college football. Both Sports Illustrated and ESPN have the Chiefs at No. 1 on their NFL power rankings even though Kansas City, by all measures, is the worst 8-0 team in NFL history. Kansas City hasn't played a single winning team and barely beat Cleveland last week. Browns third-string quarterback (and failed Bears backup) Jason Campbell threw for 293 yards with a 105.4 passer rating. Kansas City's foes are 20-41 on the season. If you can climb to No. 1 by beating a bunch of clowns, what's the incentive to play anyone good?
Chiefs Have Been Great Closers from BuffaloBills.com
According to the Kansas City Star the Chiefs defense clamps down extra tight in the final stanza of games. The Star counted 17 times a KC opponent needed a fourth-quarter drive where a touchdown would tie or take the lead.
On those drives the Chiefs gave up a total of 13 first downs and three points, and forced six turnovers.