kansas city chiefs vs buffalo bills predictions and preview

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NFL kansas city chiefs vs buffalo bills predictions and preview



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The Buffalo Bills have bounced back from an opening-game loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with three consecutive victories. Buffalo’s most recent victory was a 40-0 rout of the struggling Houston Texans last Sunday. Buffalo generated 450 yards of total offense and the Bills defense held Houston to just 109 yards of total offense and forced the Texans into five turnovers. After allowing 23 points in the season opener, Buffalo's defense has held opponents to an average of 7.0 points per game in the last three including two shutouts. The most notable players on Buffalo’s injury list include tackle Spencer Brown, defensive end Brian Cox Jr, and wide receiver Marquez Stevenson.

The Kansas City Chiefs are 2-2 after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 42-30 last Sunday. The Chiefs had lost two straight falling to Baltimore and the Los Angeles Chargers before bouncing back with their victory over the Eagles. Kansas City continues to give up too much on defense as the Chiefs allowed 461 yards of total offense to Philadelphia. Kansas City gained 471 yards of total offense behind the leadership of quarterback Patrick Mahomes who passed for 278 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. The most notable players out on Sunday for Kansas City are defensive end Malik Herring, defensive end Joshua Kaindoh and guard Kyle Long.

Buffalo's defense is the NFL's best

The Buffalo Bills are first in the NFL in defense allowing an average of only 11.0 points per game. Buffalo is allowing an average of 216.8 yards per game including 68.0 yards rushing and 148.8 yards passing per game. The Bills have given up only one rushing and three passing touchdowns. Buffalo's swarming defense is led by linebacker Tremaine Edmunds with a team-best 21 tackles. Buffalo has two players Star Lotulelei and Ed Oliver with 2.0 quarterback sacks each, while the leader in interceptions is safety Micah Hyde with two.

Buffalo's offense is second in the NFL in scoring with an average of 33.5 points per game behind 145.3 yards rushing and 258.8 yards per game passing. The running game is fifth overall and the aerial attack is 12th. Quarterback Josh Allen has completed 63.1% of his passes for 1055 yards with 9 touchdowns and two interceptions. Devin Singletary has 259 yards rushing to lead Buffalo running backs. Stefon Diggs has caught 26 passes for 305 yards and one touchdown and Emmanuel Sanders has 16 receptions for 268 yards and two touchdowns.

Chiefs offense and defense are Polar Opposites

The Kansas City Chiefs are second to Buffalo in the NFL in scoring with an average of 33.5 points per game. The Chiefs are averaging 130.3 yards rushing and 297.3 yards passing per game. Kansas City's running attack is eighth in the NFL and its aerial attack is fifth. Patrick Mahomes has completed 72.3% of his passes for 1218 yards. The Chiefs’ QB has 14 touchdown passes and 4 interceptions. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has 291 yards rushing to lead the Chiefs. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill has caught 30 passes for 453 yards and four touchdowns and tight end Travis Kelce has 24 receptions for 312 yards and three TDs.

3 touchdowns. Tyreek & Patrick were quite the duo on Sunday 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ee5F5YhvV9

— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 7, 2021

The Kansas City defense is at the opposite end of the spectrum of its offense. Kansas City is allowing an average of 31.3 points per game which is 31st or next to last in the NFL. Kansas City is allowing an average of 383.2 yards per game, with an average of 146.0 yards rushing and 264.0 yards passing per game. The Chiefs defense has allowed eight rushing touchdowns and seven passing touchdowns. The leading tackler for Kansas City is safety Daniel Sorensen with 30, while the leader in quarterback sacks with 3.0 is Mike Danna. Tyrann Mathieu has a team-high two interceptions.