Saturday, September 15, 2012

Week 2 AFC East game picks: Chiefs at Bills

Lead writer Nick St. Denis and AFC East Daily contributors Dan Begnoche, Sean Donovan and Sam Hollingsworth pick the Buffalo Bills' home matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Nick's take:
This is the toughest game to predict, because both teams are equally-unpredictable. The Bills were expected to take the next step toward competing in the top-half of the AFC this season, but instead, Buffalo took a step backward last week, getting drubbed by the Jets. The Bills aren't very good, but I feel like they can't be that bad. I think Spiller has another big game and the Bills' defense disrupts an overrated Matt Cassel. At home, the desperate team wins.
Prediction: Bills 17, Chiefs 14.

Dan's take:
These two teams are pretty evenly-matched but showed their obvious weaknesses in their respective secondaries last week. With the loss of key offensive players for Buffalo (David Nelson, Fred Jackson) and apparent additions in the defense for Kansas City (Tamba Hali, Brandon Flowers), the Chiefs look to have the slight edge on Sunday. Buffalo playing its first game at home will certainly keep the game close, though.
Prediction: Chiefs 24, Bills 17

Sean's take:
The Bills' first game was a full-fledged debacle. Their defense was torched by Mark Sanchez, they turned the ball over four times, and on top of it, they lost a number of offensive starters with injuries. Buffalo's stock may have plummeted since, but they still have good pieces and will ride behind Spiller and their defense to a tough win against a pretty good Chiefs squad. But one thing is for certain, Buffalo must create pressure on Cassel if it wants the victory.
Prediction: Bills 19, Chiefs 13

Sam's take:
Last season, the Bills opened up the season with a 41-7 beatdown of their own on the Chiefs. They may have caught them off guard, but now both teams are digging for their first win of the season. I just think the Bills are going to want it more, rallying around their injuries and struggling quarterback.
Prediction: Bills 35, Chiefs 24

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