It looks like the Chiefs get a break, maybe, with the Buffalo Bills coming to Arrowhead. A couple weeks ago, I think we would have seen our panel more divided on this game, with more of us picking the Bills to win. That was before Sean McDermott decided that it would be a good idea to start Nathan Peterman over Tyrod Taylor last week.
The running game has become a particular problem for the Chiefs on first down. During the five-game winning streak, the Chiefs averaged 6.9 yards per first-down rush. They scored five touchdowns on first-down rushing plays and gained a fresh set of downs on 19.5 percent of all such plays. All were league bests.
Soldiers from Fort Riley, and the Kansas and Missouri National Guards got new Chiefs hoodies from the teams' Salute to Service program. Those are the same warm-ups the team wore last month before the Salute to Service game.
"Hopefully when January comes rolling around something good will happen," Dorsey said. "I'd like to see if I get another opportunity to build. I see myself as a builder and a teacher. If that doesn't happen, I'll still try to get into football somehow but I'm the eternal optimist. I'm hoping something may happen. You've got to be prepared if something does happen."
“It starts with us, nobody else but us,” Parker said. “We’re the ones out there playing, so we’ve got to make the plays when our number’s been called. That’s all it comes down to. Point blank.”
Yet McDermott has not come off alarmed about Peterman's performance. His message to the rookie was, "You don't lose, you learn," and in that sense, McDermott seems to be embracing Peterman's learning experience. It would not be surprising if the first-year coach sees enough appeal in having the rookie quarterback work through his struggles on the field instead of having him return to the bench with his confidence potentially shaken.
The Chiefs forgot how their offense worked Sunday, sputtering and failing against an embattled New York defense whose claim to fame in 2017 was inspiring prediction pools for Ben McAdoo’s eventual ousting. Kansas City, the team that rolled up 42 points in its season opener against the Patriots, managed only three field goals against the Giants. In the two games before facing Andy Reid’s well-rested team, New York had allowed 82 total points.
“This what we look forward to each and every year,” Ware said. “It’s the reason we strap up our helmets and try to take care of our families — you know bless them but also bless others. When you have the opportunity and you’re fortunate enough, you want to put those smiles on other people’s faces. ”
The Bills would like to feature their running game and take some of the heat off of the quarterback slot. That philosophy means a strong dose of LeSean McCoy, who had 13 carries for 114 yards against the Chargers in the midst of a one-sided defeat. McCoy also excels as a pass catcher, and Zay Jones is likely to be the top threat at wideout while Charles Clay is a solid target at tight end.