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Buffalo ran the ball pretty well and kept the Chiefs pass rush in check. Should this be a concern?
Yes, especially with the Chiefs set to face Denver twice in the next month. The margin for error is only getting smaller, and Denver will surely see how the Bills attacked the defense with quick passes and cutback runs. The good news for the Chiefs is that they have two weeks to prepare for the Broncos and work on their weaknesses.
The Bills didnt seem scared by Dwayne Bowe, unlike other teams, and seemed willing to let him beat them at times. Did he make them pay?
Not really. Bowe had a solid enough game with seven catches for 67 yards on 12 targets, but his one drop - on a possible touchdown in the first half - loomed large and would have done a lot to reinforce his reputation as a playmaker. Keep an eye on this, folks. If Bowe cant make teams pay for treating him like an ordinary receiver the offense will struggle even more than it has.
Hey! How about that Eric Fisher, huh?
No doubt. Fisher, the much-maligned rookie right tackle, spent much of the day lined up across from Buffalo sack master Mario Williams, who entered the game with 11 sacks but finished with only one tackle. To the naked eye, Fisher seemed to play one of his best games and for the first time all season, didnt have an obvious play where he got beat. Thats a good sign for a player who is clearly a part of the Chiefs future.
Is it time to be concerned about the big plays the defense has given up?
Maybe. The Chiefs stout defense has been beaten for a long passing play each of the last three weeks. Again, Denver and quarterback Peyton Manning are watching, and while Mannings arm strength may not be what it was when he was young, he can still dissect a defense with the best of them.
Speaking of Denver...can the Chiefs really beat the Broncos on Nov. 17?
Yes, and dont let anyone tell you otherwise. First of all, Chiefs coach Andy Reid is 13-1 in his career after a bye week. Thats pretty darn good. And secondly, the Chiefs might be the only 9-0 team in history who can play the Nobody believes in us card and not be totally out of line. People dont respect the Chiefs because they play close games, lack a flashy offense and have gotten a ton of breaks, but average teams dont go 9-0 in the NFL.
9 The number of victories the Chiefs have accumulated this season, which matches the total number of wins they had in the 2011 and 2012 seasons combined.
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