Season Preview: Buffalo Bills

Warpaint Illustrated beat writer Mike Nugent continues his series, taking a look at each of the Kansas City Chiefs' non-divisional opponents. Today's team: the Buffalo Bills.

In week 10, the Kansas City Chiefs travel to Buffalo to face the Bills, making the proverbial turn into the home stretch as they make a bid for the playoffs. This game will be part of a difficult late season schedule that could make or break the Chiefs season. How the Chiefs handle the pressure of this game could set the pace for the rest of the year.

Team Preview:
The Buffalo Bills are a good football team. Repeat, the Buffalo Bills are a good team. Facing this Bills team won't be a walk in the park for any of the teams that will face them this season; certainly not the Kansas City Chiefs. Buffalo is part of the toughest division in football the AFC East. They'll be battle tested all season long. Trust me; this game will not be a pushover.

The Bills are monsters defensively. Led by the likes of linebacker Takeo Spikes and safety Lawyer Millory, this will be a tough team to score on especially at home. The loss of defensive tackle Pat Williams may hurt, but Williams was the only departure from a defensive unit that was ranked second in the NFL. The Bills are deep at just about every position, tackle, cover and generate turnovers. This defense could be the best kept secret in the NFL.

Offensively, the Bills will hope that young quarterback J.P. Losman has matured enough to run the offense consistently. He definitely has the tools to succeed and the personnel around him to help ease the transition from rookie prospect to full time NFL starter. With receivers Eric Moulds and the speedy Lee Evans, the Bills have the horses to spread the field vertically. If Losman can find them regularly, both guys could have thousand yard seasons. In the running game, running back Willis McGahee has the backfield all to himself, now that former starter Travis Henry has left the team for greener pastures. The chink in the Bills' armor is the offensive line, particularly new left tackle Mike Gandy, who is making the transition from guard to tackle.

Extra Points:
Buffalo is strong on special teams, particularly in kick returns. The Bills returned a league high five kicks for touchdowns last season.

The Bills are returning 20 starters; giving head coach Mike Mularkey the sort of continuity that will help make his team successful.

Bottom Line:
The Chiefs will have their hands full with this Bills team. Buffalo will test the Chiefs in all three phases of the game. Offensively, the Chiefs will need to control the line of scrimmage with the running game to help open up the passing game. On defense, the defensive line must generate pressure on J.P. Losman, to try to force him into a mistake.

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