There is one reason that the Buffalo Bills have yet to win even a single game this season and are 0-6 and last in the AFC East: their defense.
The Bills travel to Kansas City on Sunday and will attempt to slow down the league’s best rushing offense with the NFL’s worst scoring defense. The Chiefs’ Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles are running for 176.5 yards per game, almost 20 yards better than the next best rushing team, the New York Jets. In fact, the Chiefs are running the ball over 35 times per game, averaging 5 yards per carry.
Buffalo’s defense, on the other hand, is dead last in both rushing defense (157.7 yards per game) and scoring defense (33 points per game). It is probably safe to assume that Chiefs coach Todd Haley will look to exploit the Bills with Jones and Charles, but don’t be surprised if they open up the passing game as well against a defense that has only one interception on the season.
When the Bills have the ball, they will likely be looking to ride the arm of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is quietly having an excellent season. He is throwing for more than 244 yards per game and is second to only Colts quarterback Peyton Manning with a passer rating of 102.2.
While Fitzpatrick will be looking to get the ball to starting receivers Lee Evans and Roscoe Parrish, his most dangerous weapon has been Steve Johnson. The receiver leads the team with five touchdowns and is averaging almost 15 yards per catch. Between Johnson and Evans, they score once every five times they touch the ball, with nine touchdowns on 46 catches.
Special teams should be an area where both the Chiefs and Bills look to swing the momentum on Sunday. For the Chiefs, they will be looking to pin the Bills deep in their own territory and force Fitzpatrick and the offense go the length of the field on each possession. For the Bills, they will be hoping that rookie return man C.J. Spiller, who has already returned one kick 95 yards for a touchdown this season, can find a hole in Chiefs coverage units that among the best in the league.
At the end of the day on Sunday, the Chiefs should have too much for the winless Bills.
Prediction: Chiefs 38, Bills 28