NFL Week 12: Buffalo Bills in Desperate Need of a Win

Garrett HirschmanContributor INovember 21, 2008

Buffalo heads into Kansas City this week to take on a Chiefs team who is much better than their 1-9 record indicates.

Buffalo has to let go of the Browns loss and focus 100 percent on the Chiefs. Kansas City is playing some solid football and has been getting great play from quarterback Tyler Thigpen.

Josh Reed looks as though he is returning to the lineup this week, and if he is healthy, he will make a tremendous impact on the passing game.

Trent Edwards has sorely missed Reed, who had become one of his go-to guys early in the season.

The Bills' offensive line played a tremendous game on Monday night. They led the rushing attack to 186 yards in what was their best all-around game this year.

Believe it or not, things are going to get easier this week, as the Chiefs have the 31st-ranked run defense in the NFL. Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson should be licking their lips from the backfield on Sunday.

Lee Evans must get the football this week; how else can I put it? Buffalo needs to take some shots to him with the deep ball and force the defense to respect the Bills' downfield passing game.

On defense, Buffalo needs to replicate what it did against the Browns and quarterback Brady Quinn (and no I don't mean break Thigpen's finger). The Bills were able at times to put pressure on Quinn and forced him into some bad throws. They must also put pressure on Thigpen and force him to make some bad decisions.

The run defense was stellar last week despite giving up a 72-yard run. Marcus Stroud was dominant and will need to be so again this week if the Bills want to stop the Chiefs.

Chris Kelsay has to elevate his game. He has not made a play in the last four weeks and is drastically underplaying his contract. He has only one sack and one forced fumble in 10 games this season. With Aaron Schobel out, Kelsay's play becomes even more important. I would like to see him line up on the other side of the line and see if that makes a difference.

I think this game is going to be close. I am expecting good quarterback play from Tyler Thigpen. He is going to keep Kansas City in this game.

Trent Edwards will have a decent game but won't throw for any touchdowns. I would look for him to put up around 225 yards passing with no interceptions.

Lee Evans and Josh Reed will each get around six catches with Evans nearing 100 yards and Reed posting around 60.

Marshawn Lynch is going to have a career day rushing this week. He will run for over 150 yards and have at least two touchdowns either on the ground or through the air. Fred Jackson will also be near the century mark and may get a touchdown himself.

Buffalo's defense will play the run well but will give up some yards in the secondary. Their red zone defense will play well and will hold Kansas City to mostly field goal attempts.

Buffalo will wear down Kansas City with the run and beat the Chiefs: 31-23.