The Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills are each 5-3 and meet in a game with early AFC playoff implications on Sunday. The Chiefs travel to face the Bills in Buffalo where the Bills hold a 12-6-1 record against the Chiefs. Kansas City is seeking to win and move to 6-3 on the season which would keep their playoff hopes alive. A loss and the Chiefs are 5-4 with the defending Super Bowl champs coming to town next week (Seattle Seahawks).
The Chiefs are a 1-point favorite in the game, according to the NFL odds.
The Bills benched QB EJ Manuel in favor of Kyle Orton, who is familiar with the Chiefs. Three years ago the Chiefs claimed Orton off waivers and he came in to win two of three games as a starting quarterback in Kansas City. Orton has gone 3-1 in his four starts for Buffalo, which also has playoff aspirations.
This game is a matchup of two of the best defenses in the NFL through the first half of the season. The Chiefs are second in the NFL giving up 17 points per game while the Bills are seventh giving up 20 points per game. The Chiefs defense is doing it without the benefit of lots of turnovers as they have just five turnovers on the season. You could argue the Chiefs are due in a game like this.
The Chiefs and Bills both have solid defenses which means both offensive lines are in for a tough day. The Chiefs pass rushers, including Justin Houston who leads the NFL with 12 sacks, are hoping to take advantage of the Bills offensive line and force Orton into some mistakes.
Both teams obviously need this game. Who needs it the most? That's up for debate but we can agree that this is a big AFC game for both teams.
Game time: Sunday, November 9, 12 p.m. (Arrowhead Time)
Location: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York
TV channel: CBS / KCTV-5 (Do I get the game?)
Online streaming: Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required) | NFL Game Pass offers live online broadcasts to users outside the USA | Post-game streaming: NFL Rewind. Sunday games are available after the Sunday Night Football telecast.
Announcers: Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots
Injury report: WR Donnie Avery, CB Jamell Fleming and LB Jerry Franklin have been ruled out. LB Josh Martin CB Chris Owens and CB Phillip Gaines are questionable. Read the full injury report here.
Odds: Chiefs are 1-point favorites.
Prediction: Chiefs win 16-13 (more picks)
Matchup history: Bills lead all-time series 25-19-1; Bills lead 12-6-1 in Buffalo
Enemy blog: Buffalo Rumblings
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