NFL Gridiron Gab Week Nine Preview: Chicago vs. Buffalo

In only five starts this season, the Harvard alum has thrown for a staggering 12 touchdowns

Damn you, Todd Haley.

For those of you who don’t know (or care) who Todd Haley is, let me give you a quick rundown:

  • Todd Haley is the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs played the winless Buffalo Bills last week.
  • The winless Buffalo Bills kicked a field goal in OT to beat the Kansas City Chiefs…
  • Until that a-hole Todd Haley called a timeout just before the snap to freeze the Bills kicker.
  • On the retry, the Bills kicker missed the ‘actual’ field goal.
  • On the ensuring drive, the Kansas City Chiefs kicker made a field goal to win the game.

So the Bills remained winless and now turn their attention to the 4-3 Bears Sunday in Toronto. At stake – a chance to get their first “W” of the season. Will the Bears lay down and help the Bills taste victory for the first time?

I don’t think so, and here are 4 big reasons why…

1) I believe in the Bears defense…at least this week.

Sure, Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown 12 TD passes since becoming a starter in week 3. But the Bears have allowed a league low 4 TDs through the air. If the Bears can shut down the Bills running game and make them one-dimensional, Chicago will add to its tally of 17 takeaways. The return of Lance Briggs helps.

2) The Bills have the worst run defense in the league, allowing their opponents to maul them to the tune of almost 190 yards a game.

If ever Mike Martz wanted to start establishing that run game with Matt Forte and Chester Taylor, this is the week to do it.

3) The Bills are tied (with the Bears) for 25th in the league in sacks recorded with 11.

While I in no way expect the Bears porous line to shut them out, allowing Jay Cutler to go down only 2 or 3 times would be considered a success.

4) Buffalo has only one…I repeat, UNO…interception this season.

DeAngelo Hall recorded 4 times that many in one game (against Jay Cutler). Needless to say, the pass-happy Martz should be able to exploit the Bills defensive backfield.

Did you know…

Last week the Bills became the 12th team in NFL history to lose 2 consecutive games in overtime (at least that’s what Yahoo! Sports said). The previous week, they lost to the Ravens 37-34 in Baltimore.


If you think the above .500 Bears will roll the winless Bills, you’re obviously not a Bears fan. Lovie’s boys will do everything they can to keep the Canadian fans in their seats till the end.

I think they’ll do just enough to walk out of Toronto with a 5-3 record.

In overtime,

Bears: 23

Bills: 20

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