For Pete's Sake

Five things to know about the Chiefs’ next opponent, the Bills

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa forced a fumble by Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor during Sunday’s game.
Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa forced a fumble by Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor during Sunday’s game. Tribune News Services

Sure, the Chiefs’ 12-9 overtime loss to the Giants was demoralizing, but their next opponent — the Bills — also had a woeful performance Sunday.

The Chargers routed the Bills 54-24 in Los Angeles, and it was essentially over by halftime.

During the season, I’ll provide a quick overview of the next Chiefs’ opponent early in each week, and here are a few things to know about the Bills, who have a 5-5 record. The game is at noon on CBS (Ch. 5).

1. The quarterback

Tyrod Taylor lost the starting job last week when Buffalo announced Nathan Peterman would be under center against the Chargers.

Peterman then had one of the worst starts in NFL history. He threw five interceptions in the first half in just 14 attempts and was pulled at halftime. Taylor came on and threw for 164 yards and a touchdown, but the Bills were down by 30 at the break, and there was no coming back from that deficit.

For the season, Taylor has completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 1,842 yards and 11 touchdowns with just three interceptions.

You’d think Taylor would be under center on Sunday, but no decision has been made. However, Taylor said he’s ready to help the team in whatever capacity needed.

“I still plan to support Nathan if he’s the guy,” Taylor told reporters on Sunday. “Of course I believe in my ability. I think I’m a starter. … There’s definitely some things that we have to talk about as a leadership council. I’m pretty sure over the next couple of days things are going to definitely have to be talked about.”

2. LeSean McCoy

The Bills’ star running back rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, and he also caught a touchdown pass. It was just the third 100-yard rushing game this season for McCoy, who is averaging 4.2 yards per carry.

For the season, McCoy has rushed for 702 yards in 170 carries. He also has 42 receptions.

3. The offense

Buffalo is 27th in total offense (302.1 yards per game), which is just behind the rebuilding Chicago Bears. No matter who is at quarterback, the Bills have had troubles throwing the ball. Buffalo is ranked 30th in passing yards, averaging 184.4 yards per game.

The Bills have given up 29 sacks and have had just three pass plays go for 40 or more yards. Buffalo also has just one rushing play of 40 or more yards this season.

4. The defense

The Chargers scored a pair of defensive touchdowns on Sunday, so it skews this number a bit, but ... the Bills have allowed 135 points in their last three games, a franchise record for that span.

Buffalo is allowing 25 points per game, which ranks 23rd in the NFL. The Bills are 24th against the run (119.9 yards per game) and 23rd against the pass (246.9 yards per game).

5. Good kicker

Bills kicker Steven Hauschka set an NFL record on Sunday when he made his 13th consecutive field goal of 50 yards or longer. That kick also helped Hauschka tie the Bills’ record with his sixth 50-yard field goal of the season.

On the season, Hauschka has made 90 percent of his field-goal attempts (18 of 20), and he has had 25 touchbacks on kickoffs.

Terez Paylor, the Kansas City Chiefs beat writer for The Star, gives his insights on the 16-game schedule, which was released by the NFL on Thursday, April 20.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

  Comments