With the 2015 NFL Regular Season now into Week 12, on Sunday the 29th of November following the USA Thanksgiving Festivities we have an interesting match-up between 2 AFC rivals with the 5-5 Bills of Buffalo (AFC-East) playing at the 5-5 Chiefs of Kansas City (AFC-West) with the game being played at the Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri with the kick-off scheduled for 1:05 PM ET and can be seen on CBS TV.
For those that enjoy making a Bet on NFL football the early odds the Chiefs of KC favored at -5 ½ and the Over/under at 43 ½ and -170 on the Money Line, while the underdog Bills of Buffalo are at +5 ½ and +150 on the ML.
The Bills in their last game even as they lost 20-13 to the Patriots, at least broke New England’s streak of scoring in 38 consecutive quarters, but could not manage an upset over the Patriots. Now they need to put that loss in their rear view mirror and prepare for the red hot Chiefs of KC in this Week 12 of the 2015-16 NFL Season. Remember the Chiefs have now won 4 consecutive games and now are seeking a Wild Card spot in the playoffs.
Those that follow the 5-5 Bills of Buffalo your team had their 2 game win streak end with the loss to the Patriots and QB T. Brady on Prime Time Monday Night Football. Actually the defense of the Bills had a good game as the held the reigning Super Bowl Champs to just 20 points in the game, and previously the Patriots were averaging some 34 points per game.
This was a game were the Bills made several mistakes that were costly and kept them from pulling off an upset. Their star RB L. McCoy dropped a pass that could have went for a TD in the 2nd quarter, then the next play their kicker D. Carpenter missed a FB of 48 yards, and that left the Patriots with good field position, which they turned into a TD. Then in the 3rd quarter their specialist on punt returns L. McKevin fumbled on return, and the Patriots score a FG on that error.
Yes, you’re RB McCoy lost a TD score that was dropped, but he still had a good game with his 20 carries for 84 yards and 1 TD, and also had 6 receptions for 42 yards, and that was his 4th consecutive game that he went over 100 yards. This week he may find the running field somewhat different, since the Chiefs defense which ranks 7th and allows only 325 yards each game.
Bills QB T. Taylor must complete passes to his 2 top receivers in WR S. Watkins and TE C. Clay if they are to get past the KC defense. The Patriots retain Watkins and Clay as they only had 39 and 14 yards respectively on receptions. QB Taylor passed for 244 yards in that game and his main target was WR C. Hogan who had 6 receptions for 96 yards in the game.
Since the Bills defense is playing well, they can give the Chiefs QB A. Smith a hounding as he ranks 3rd in the NFL with the most sacks at 32 to date. That same defense against the Patriots QB Brady forcing to be able to only complete only 51% of his pass attempts.
The 5-5 Chiefs of KC excited their fans as they shut down the Chargers of San Diego in their last game as the won the game at Qualcomm Stadium, home of the Chargers 33-3. Your QB Smith was on target with his passing game as he completed 20 of his 25 pass attempts for a total of 254 yards, but amazingly did not complete a TD pass in that game. Yes the running game and the defense were the stars in that win.
The Chiefs RB S. Ware had a career game with 11 carries for 97 yards scoring 2 TD’s, while the 345 pound DT D. Poe even scored a TD since star RB C. West has been day to day with a hamstring injury, thus RB Ware likely will get the share of carries in this game, and that will not be easy as the Bills rushing defense has been shinning!
If the Chiefs are to beat Buffalo they need to step up their passing game and connect with TE Kelce and WR J. Maclin for yardage. TE Kelce is the leader on receptions with 622 yards and 3 TD’s, while Maclin follows with TD’s and 610 yards, but in their ultimate 3 games they both have struggled as neither has gained over 50 yards in those 3 games. But then again the Bills pass defense has struggled allowing some 252 yards each game passing to their opponents.
The defense for the Chiefs can have a strong game with their pass rush since Buffalo has allowed their QB to be sacked some 29 times in 2015. Plus the Chiefs LB J. Houston has 8 sacks this season and that ranks 5th and last Sunday he had an interception that he returned for 6 points for his 1st career TD.
Predicting the outcome of this game was not an easy task, but it is believed the Chiefs will outscore the Bills in a close game that goes to the final minutes of the 4th quarter.