What they're saying: Bills-Chiefs game predictions


Florio's take: Once viewed as sure-fire playoff teams, the Bills and Chiefs are on a combined 1-7 slide. The loser of this one will have a hard time making it to the postseason. The winner still might, too.

Florio's pick: Chiefs 27, Bills 17.

The Kansas City Chiefs are always tough at home, but their defense stinks. Period. I think we're going to see a motivated Tyrod Taylor for the Buffalo Bills. Everyone moves the ball on Kansas City, and I don't expect that to change with the Bills.

On the other side of the ball, Buffalo presents a tough matchup for the Chiefs. Buffalo wants to force opponents to execute all the way down the field, and there are questions about Kansas City's ability to do that. When trickery like speed-sweeps and shovel passes don't work, can Alex Smith consistently drop back and beat defenses? I still have my doubts.

Buffalo is going to force Smith to dink and dunk to beat the zone, and that doesn't play to Kansas City's offensive strengths.

With all that said, I'm still going with the Chiefs. They're at home and desperate to get back on track.

Prediction: Chiefs 23, Bills 20

The Bills might be going back to Tyrod Taylor at quarterback here, which they should do. But does it matter? They are playing consecutive road games against a team that suffered an upset loss on the road last week. The Chiefs will get the offense going in this one. Look for a big game from Kareem Hunt

Chiefs 30, Bills 16

The Bills wouldn't start Nathan Peterman over Tyrod Taylor again after that debacle in LA, would they? Let's hope not, because Taylor protecting the ball and LeSean McCoy running will keep Buffalo in this game of fading playoff hopefuls in a tough road environment. The Chiefs, though, will go back to a simple, grinding offense and pull this out by remembering they still have Kareem Hunt.

PICK: Chiefs win 24-17

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