Neither Buffalo or Kansas City impressed much in Week 1.
Which of these teams will be able to regain some confidence with a win this
weekend? Find out who the NFL odds makers have labled as the lesser of two evils in this showdown.
Hardly the most glamorous of the Week 2 NFL matchups, but the games must be played nonetheless.
There may be some value to go after too here. The Bills are currently favored by a field goal, with 3.5 also there for the taking as well. The total has been settling in around the 45 mark on most NFL odds boards, but offerings of 44 and 44.5 have also been spotted.
The weather forecast for Sunday is looking quite good. Temperatures in Buffalo should be in the low 70s and sunny skies are expected. Kickoff will be at 1:00 PM EST.
In Week 1 the Bills were utterly pummeled. There's no nicer way to put it.
What seemed like it would be a close game turned out to be the exact opposite. The New York Jets were only up 7-0 after the first quarter, but then Sanchez and Co. went to work over the next 30 minutes.
At halftime, Buffalo was down 27-7 and at one point they were losing 41-7. That's when Rex Ryan decided to rest some of his starters and run the clock out.
About the only positive was the running of C.J. Spiller, who ran for 169 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
It was undoubtedly a week to forget for the Bills. Not only did they get creamed but they also lost Fred Jackson and David Nelson to injuries. Jackson will be out for at least a few weeks, while Nelson tore his ACL and is lost for the season.
Ryan Fitzpatrick simply has to do better this weekend. He threw three interceptions against the Jets. There's a great chance he'll improve against a Chiefs secondary that was just torched by Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.
Kansas City Chiefs
It wasn't pretty for the Chiefs either. They held tough with the Atlanta Falcons throughout the first half but then they just couldn't keep Matt Ryan and company in check after the break.
Final score? Atlanta 40 Kansas City 24.
Despite a dismal defensive effort – Ryan had only eight completions and logged a nice 136.4 QB rating – there were a couple positives to come out from the weekend.
Firstly, Jamaal Charles looked like the pre-injury Jamaal Charles, scampering for 87 yards on 16 rushes, a solid 5.4 YPC. He got a vast majority of the work, with Peyton Hillis ending up with seven carries for 16 yards.
Dexter McCluster was also making things happen. He led Kansas City in receiving, catching six passes for 82 yards on a team-leading 10 targets.
Those defensive issues have to be addressed though this week, even though the Bills are hardly as intimidating on offense.
A battle between two teams that surrendered a combined total of 89 points in Week 1. Surely there should be less offensive production this weekend.
The Bills were especially disappointing considering they shelled out millions to beef up their defense for the new season. How on earth can you then go and give up 48 points to what was seemingly a weak offensive team in New York?
I'm prepared for a much stingier defense this weekend for Buffalo at home where they enjoy great support from that loyal fanbase.
It's not like the Chiefs don't have talent on their defense either. Eric Berry is one of the best safeties around, plus Kansas City will be getting linebacker Tamba Hali back this weekend after he sat out Week 1 because of suspension.
Put it all together and I think the UNDER is the smart way to go with your NFL picks in this game.