The Buffalo Bills will walk into Arrowhead Stadium to play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and they'll bring along with them a re-tooled defense. Last year, the Bills were third against the pass and dead last against the run. They spent time this offseason adding to their front seven to avoid 177 yard rushing days by guys like RB Jamaal Charles.
Chiefs head coach Todd Haley touched on the Bills defense in Wednesday's press conference. Via KCChiefs.com:
Secondary: "Defensively, the secondary was one of their strengths last year and I think it continues to be one of the better groups you'll see. They have a very good threesome of corners that can play any way you need to play, but they can definitely play man-to-man and they're a big, physical group that gave us all sorts of problems last year, in my opinion."
Front seven: "Up front is where you see the biggest change. There are still some core guys that have been there, (Chris) Kelsay being one of those guys, and Kyle Williams is one of the up-and-coming inside players I think is very disruptive. Shawne Merriman looks like he's back to how he used to look when we used to go out to San Diego and have to deal with him. They added a real good veteran linebacker in (Nick) Barnett and I think you're going to see their defense has got a chance to be real good this year. Offensively that'll be a great test for us."
You have to think the Chiefs game plan includes a heavy dose of the run considering the way the Bills played the run last year. The Chiefs only scored one offensive touchdown against the Bills last year while rushing for 250-plus yards. That seems like an aberration. If the Chiefs put up over 200 yards rushing on Sunday, I would think they'd score more than 13 points.