Two teams with identical 5-3 records face off on Sunday in a game that could have huge playoff implications for both teams. The Bills should be well rested after coming off of their bye week. The bye week may have come at a bad time because they were playing the best football the team has played and they probably wanted to play as soon as possible. Prior to the bye week they played the Jets in a game that they had to win and they certainly accomplished that task. The Bills made the decision to replace E.J Manuel with Kyle Orton a few weeks back in a move that showed they were focused on the present. Orton completed 10 of his 17 passes and 4 of those completions went for touchdowns. He threw these passes to Sammy Watkins, Lee Smith, Robert Woods, and Scott Chandler. Watkins had 3 catches for 157 yards and would have had 2 touchdown catches had he not slowed down while running for a touchdown. Equally impressive was the performance from the Buffalo defense who had 4 interceptions and forced 6 turnovers overall. Ironically the last opponent for the Chiefs was also the Jets and while they did not dominate quite like the Bills did, they did have an easy win and improved to 5-3 on the season. The game featured a unique touchdown pass that was batted and then caught by tight end Anthony Fassano as he was lying on the ground. Jamal Charles had 20 carries for 78 yards. Travis Kelce had 4 catches for 67 yards and Dwayne Bowe had 6 catches for 55 yards. Quarterback Alex Smith was his typical efficient self, going 21/31 for 199 yards and two touchdowns. The Chiefs had a slow start to the season but have now put themselves in a position to make a playoff push.
This should be a highly entertaining game because of the quality of play that both teams play with. The major concern for the Bills is the uncertain status of star rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins. He is questionable for the game with and groin injury and if he misses the entire balance of the offense will be in trouble. He has the size and speed that holds defenses accountable and opens up the field for other players. They will also need to find some production in the running game, as Fred Jackson and C.J Spiller will both not be active.
The Chiefs are looking like a team that can compete with anyone. Bowe started the season slow but has turned into his old self in recent weeks and is a legit number 1 threat. Kelce has also evolved into a nice surprise player at tight end. Jamal Charles missed some time earlier in the season with injuries but seems to have found his burst again and remains one of the elite running backs in the NFL. Whoever is able to control the time of possession will likely win this game.
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