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Chiefs Blitz: Q&A about Sunday’s 30-22 win over Buffalo

Chiefs center Mitch Morse (right) checked on injured tackle Eric Fisher in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Bills. Morse also left the game because of an injury.
Chiefs center Mitch Morse (right) checked on injured tackle Eric Fisher in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Bills. Morse also left the game because of an injury. deulitt@kcstar.com

In this week’s Blitz, The Star’s Terez Paylor answers five postgame Twitter questions from Chiefs fans.

1. Was the Bills game a turning point or one-time show of gumption? How do we recover from injuries for next week/rest of the season? -@ND622

Hard to say, but it’s a good sign that the Chiefs pulled off a comeback like this. They’ve shown a disturbing tendency to lose games when a key player gets hurt — see the Tennessee game a year ago or the Chicago game this year — but the Chiefs rallied from a 10-0 deficit Sunday after losing Justin Houston. There’s something to be said for that. Speaking of the injuries …

2. What is the play if (Mitch) Morse and (Eric) Fisher can’t go? -@ese_camalone

The line you saw toward the end of the game — left tackle Donald Stephenson, left guard Jeff Allen, center Zach Fulton, right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and right tackle Jah Reid — could work. If Allen, who battled through an ankle injury the entire second half, can’t go, the Chiefs will need to make a decision on Ben Grubbs — who hasn’t practiced in a long time — and call someone up from the practice squad. Jarrod Pughsley, who had some moments during the preseason, would seem to be a solid candidate as a guard-tackle swing player.

3. Will Justin Houston and/or Dee Ford be able to play against the Raiders? -@annecasa

Way too early to say. Ford didn’t practice all week, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Houston has a knee sprain similar to the one he suffered in the wild-card loss to Indianapolis in 2014. Knee sprains are tricky, but there’s typically a two-week recovery time there. Houston was spotted limping out of the locker room Sunday under his own power, so that’s a positive.

4. What prompted more downfield throws last week and today than the rest of Andy Reid’s tenure? -@ColemanKCMO

The coverage. The Bills were playing a lot of single coverage on Jeremy Maclin with only one safety, which is a gamble. If Alex Smith can get him the ball in those situations — like any professional quarterback should — you’re just begging for Maclin to rip it up like he did Sunday.

5. How pivotal is next week’s game? -@JonnySielaff

Huge. The Raiders, 5-6, are no pushovers, and general manager Reggie McKenzie is building a nice squad in the Bay Area. There’s some solid young talent on the Raiders, and they’ll be trying to pull to .500 against a Chiefs team they also beat at home last year. Should be a fun one.

The number

2 Quarterbacks in Chiefs history who have multiple winning streaks of five or more games. With Sunday’s win, Alex Smith — who guided the Chiefs to a 9-0 start in 2013 — joined Hall of Famer Len Dawson, who has four such streaks, in that club.

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