Game Scout: Bills/Chiefs

Buffalo looks to return to winning ways at Arrowhead. Here's the rundown...

Buffalo Bills (4-8) at Kansas City Chiefs (3-9)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET

GAMEDATE: 12/13/09


TV: CBS (Bill Macatee, Steve Beuerlein)

KEYS TO THE GAME: With QB Matt Cassel's play so uneven that he was pulled from last Sunday's game, look for the Chiefs to see if RB Jamaal Charles can lead the charge. Buffalo is surrendering 172.1 rushing yards per game and its undersized front seven is an appealing target. Buffalo also doesn't want to rely on its shaky passing game, and will give RBs Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch the opportunity to turn this into a physical contest on the road.

FAST FACTS: Only four teams in NFL history have finished a season allowing more than 170 rushing yards per game. ... The Chiefs are 4-18 at Arrowhead Stadium since the start of the 2007 season.



--QB Brian Brohm, a 2008 second-round pick of the Green Bay Packers, was signed off the Packers' practice squad and added to the 53-man roster three week ago but isn't likely to see any game action this year. Coach Perry Fewell said it is too late in the season for Brohm to get a fair look and he will finish out the year running the scout team.

--DE Aaron Maybin, the team's first-round pick out of Penn State, had one of his best games as a rookie with three tackles against the Jets last week. He still is limited to backup status, playing about 10 to 15 plays per game. Coach Perry Fewell said Maybin needs to add size and strength to be an impact player and that "won't happen until the offseason for him."

--DL Corey Mace, released on Monday to make room for TE Joe Klopfenstein, was re-signed and added to the practice squad. He fills a spot created by New Orleans' signing of LB Anthony Waters off Buffalo's practice unit.

--OT Demetrius Bell remains out with a knee injury and did not practice for a second day this week. His injury continues to puzzle the team and he remains a candidate to go on injured reserve.

--CB Terrence McGee practiced for a second straight day on his surgically repaired knee and looks to be ready to start Sunday at Kansas City.

--CB Ashton Youboty, slowed much of the year with an ankle injury, practiced more fully and could return to action Sunday at Kansas City. He remains a game-time decision.

--DE Chris Kelsay did not practice due to personal reasons. His status for Sunday's game is unclear.


--CB Brandon Flowers was held out of the Chiefs' practice session on Thursday with a shoulder injury. Flowers has been reliable in his two NFL seasons, missing two games last season and one earlier this year, both times because of shoulder problems. Given his 5-9, 187-pound frame, his body does take a beating. He has two interceptions and leads the team with passes defensed at 17.

--RB Jamaal Charles got through another practice on Thursday with the Chiefs and appears ready to take his normal load of work against the Bills on Sunday. Charles has been battling a shoulder injury and various other bumps and bruises, but he's not missed any practice time as he toughs it out.

--RB Dantrell Savage seemed to work through the Chiefs' practice on Thursday with no problems and is on schedule to return to the field on Sunday against the Bills. Savage has missed the last three games trying to recover from an ankle injury.

--DE Tyson Jackson continues to struggle through his rookie season. After 12 games, Jackson has 17 total tackles, but no sacks. Against Jacksonville on November 8, he had seven total tackles. In the four games since then, Jackson has contributed just four tackles.

--LB Demorrio Williams continues to lead the Chiefs in tackles, as he now stands at 100 total tackles in 12 games. In the last four games, Williams had 37 total tackles. All this is done playing only in the base defense. When the Chiefs go to the nickel, Williams comes off the field.




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