Two teams that were pretty bad in week one will do battle in an AFC game in week two as the Chiefs travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills in their home opener.
The Bills were beat up by the Jets in the Meadowlands, losing 48-28 as their offense was turnover prone, while the defense did little to stop Mark Sanchez and the gets offense.
“We definitely didn’t do what we needed to do to win,” Bills Mario Williams said. “The biggest thing was that we didn’t get sacks. Starting with myself, we definitely have to put the quarterback on his back with any means necessary.”
The club was beat up in the loss to boot, as they lost starting running back Fred Jackson with a sprained knee ligament after only six carries for 15 yards. Wide receiver David Nelson then tore a right knee ligament in the fourth quarter.
C.J. Spiller proved up to the task of replacing Jackson, running for a 56-yard touchdown for Buffalo’s first score and finishing with a career-high 169 yards.
He will test the Chiefs, who were terrible at home in their opener, losing to the Falcons 40-24. Matt Ryan and the Falcons were on all day, going off on a D that was without Pro Bowl LB Tamba Hali as well as safety Kendrick Lewis, cornerback Brandon Flowers and defensive tackle Anthony Toribio.
KC will have a different look with Hali back but it’s up in the air about the others, as they have been limited in practice this week and are questionable.
Matt Cassel and the Chiefs offense have to be better. They had their moments in the loss last week, going for 11 of 16 third downs and hitting the 20-point mark after being held to 19 or less in its final nine games last season.
Jamaal Charles seems fully recovered from a torn ACL that kept him out of the final 14 games of 2011, rushing 16 times for 87 yards.
Look for the Chiefs to be back closer to the only regular season team that beat the Packers last year more than the one that didn’t seem to put up much of a fight against Atlanta.
The Bills need to get a bounce back game from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, but the Chiefs D will make it a long day for him as they recover to get to .500 on the year.
Kansas City 28 Buffalo 17