2-14. No coach, no General Manager, no Quarterback(at least not a good one) and not much to look forward to. That was the state of the Kansas City Chiefs on January 3rd, 2013. On January 4th the team made a huge splash with the addition of Andy Reid as coach and a few days later John Dorsey as GM. A few months later, the Chiefs traded for Alex Smith and got the first pick in the 2013 Draft, where they selected Offensive Tackle Eric Fisher.
While things were looking up for the Chiefs, they still looked to be in rebuilding mode and would have to suffer through a few more dismal years. However, eight games into this season the Chiefs have not lost and are not a fluke. They currently have the most total yards in the NFL with 1,018 and their defense has given up the fewest points per game. Players such as Tamba Hali, Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith have all stepped up and stunned many around the NFL.
On Sunday, they play the 3-5 Buffalo Bills, who are a major underdog but cannot be counted out. Every game is crucial now in a playoff race that is very tight in the AFC East. They have already lost rookie starting quarterback EJ Manuel,and his replacement Thad Lewis, who has played admirably in Manuel’s place, is currently listed as doubtful. That leaves it up to rookie Jeff Tuel or Matt Flynn to be the Bills’ starter on Sunday. Doug Marrone was quoted earlier in the week saying that “anyone could start,” and for the Bills to have any chance at a victory, they need a strong performance from their starting QB. No matter who starts, the supporting cast for the Bills has been surprisingly good over the first eight games. On defense, Mario Williams is tied for second in total sacks, and Kiko Alonso is a strong candidate as Defensive Rookie Of The Year. On offense, the tandem of C.J Spiller and Fred Jackson have been superb, when healthy.
Bottom Line: The Bills have a chance to win if whoever plays QB can limit turnovers and have strong production from the running game. They also need to force turnovers on defense and players who have been lackluster the last few weeks, Jarius Byrd, Stevie Johnson and Stephon Gilmore, etc, all need to step up. The Chiefs will win easily if Andy Reid sticks to what has worked the first eight games– a strong running game with some pass plays sprinkled in. Also, on defense, if they can get pressure on any inexperienced Bills QB it will cause turnovers and end any threat of a passing game. There are many things that point to this being a close game, and the Bills will need strong efforts on all fronts to spoil the Chiefs’ perfect season.