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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Buffalo 7 6 3 0 16
Kansas City 0 3 7 0 10
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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT22:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:� , November 26, 2017
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Weather: 62°, Partly Cloudy  Attendance: 74,929

Chiefs, Bills try to pull out of tailspin

According to STATS
According to STATS

Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs

  1. The Chiefs have won their last three games versus the Bills, their second-longest regular-season win streak versus Buffalo all-time (won five in a row versus the Bills from 1967 to 1971). During its current win streak versus the Bills, Kansas City has outscored Buffalo by 22 points (70-48) over the three games and committed just one turnover to the Bills' eight.
  2. The Bills lost, 54-24, on the road against the Chargers in Week 11, the fourth-most points allowed in franchise history, and the most since losing, 56-10, at home to the Patriots in Week 11 of 2007. Buffalo has now lost its last three games after losing just two of its first seven games this season.
  3. The Chiefs lost in overtime, 12-9, on the road against the Giants in Week 11, their fourth loss in their last five games after starting the season 5-0. Kansas City is looking to join the 1989 Los Angeles Rams as the only teams all-time to make the playoffs after starting the season 5-0 and then subsequently losing at least four of their next five games.
  4. Travis Kelce had 109 receiving yards in Week 11, his 10th game since the start of last season with at least 100 receiving yards (most in the NFL). His four such games this season trail only Antonio Brown's five.
  5. Nathan Peterman threw five interceptions on just 14 pass attempts for the game in Week 11, the fewest pass attempts in a single game with at least five interceptions since Archie Manning had five picks on just 13 pass attempts for the Saints versus the Falcons in Week 1 of 1973.
  6. Alex Smith has totaled 47 regular-season wins as starting quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, one shy of Trent Green for the second most in franchise history (Len Dawson has the most with 93 regular-season wins with the team).
Team Comparison

Buffalo
 
Kansas City
20.8 Points 26.2
198.7 Pass Yds 267.4
117.7 Rush Yds 118.4
18 Takeaways 14

Two teams heading in similar directions meet Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, with the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills searching for victories to right the ship after disappointing losses.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott tried to not put too much emphasis on just one game.

"It's important because it's the next game on our schedule and that's where our focus has to be," McDermott said.

But the matchup takes on greater importance for both teams following recent results.

The Chiefs dropped their fourth game in five tries with a mystifying 12-9 overtime loss to the struggling New York Giants. The Bills dropped to .500 with their second straight blowout loss, falling to the Los Angles Chargers 54-24.

Rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman threw five interceptions in his NFL debut in that game, prompting McDermott to turn back to former starter Tyrod Taylor this weekend.

"Long and short of it really is it's the right thing for our team right now," McDermott said.

Taylor said the brief demotion did not shake his confidence.

"You never let things surprise you," Taylor said. "My focus has still been the same. I'm going to continue to be the leader that I am, the player that I am, week in and week out.

"As a team, more importantly, we've got to fix what we haven't done right the last three weeks and that's get back on the winning side of the scoreboard."

The Chiefs have found difficulties defending mobile quarterbacks in the past, including Taylor. In Kansas City's 30-22 win over Buffalo in Week 12 of the 2015 season, Taylor passed for 291 yards with three touchdowns while adding 46 yards rushing.

Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said Taylor's scrambling ability makes him a dangerous opponent.

"Any time you have a quarterback that can extend plays and make plays and do the things he does, it makes it really difficult because it stresses the defense," Sutton said. "There's the play, then there's the play within the play. Sometimes he makes that play within the play pretty effective."

The Chiefs have struggled against the pass much of the season, ranking 25th in the league with 253.8 yards allowed per game. The club made a move Wednesday to bolster their secondary, signing free agent cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Coach Andy Reid did not rule out the possibility that Revis could play in a limited role against Buffalo.

"No, but he knows the system, which is the only reason I wouldn't, but I've got to see where we're at here," Reid said. "We're not going to rush him into anything until he's ready to go."

The Chiefs have juggled the right cornerback slot much of the season, especially with Steven Nelson missing the first seven games of the season with a core muscle injury.

Terrance Mitchell started the season at right cornerback with Phillip Gaines as the slot nickel-back.

Nelson's return allowed him to resume his role as the primary right cornerback. He moves to the slot in nickel and dime packages. Gaines and Kenneth Acker have both been tested right corner, with no one managing to convince Sutton the job belongs to them.

"We took Phillip and said, hey, Phillip's the guy and go there," Sutton said. "Just like we've said before, none of these are permanent. You've got to continue to show that you're the right guy and go from there. And if you don't, then we got to keep kind of going."

Reid hopes the addition of Revis benefits his young secondary.

"We have some young guys trying their hearts out, man, and doing a nice job for us too," Reid said. "I think it's a win-win. You get a veteran guy, you have some young guys that still continue to grow and it's good for the football team. I think that's a positive thing all the way around."

The Chiefs' pass defense also remains limited by injuries among the front seven.

The Chiefs may once again be without linebacker Dee Ford, who remains sidelined with a back injury. Linebacker Tamba Hali and defensive end Allen Bailey, both of whom missed last week's game against the New York Giants, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

Without those three in the lineup, the Chiefs picked up zero sacks against Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

Buffalo continues battling its own injuries as well. Left tackle Cordy Glenn, who has missed four game with a lower-leg injury, did not practice Wednesday. Neither did starting wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin with a knee injury.

Updated November 23, 2017

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