The Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills played an entertaining, albeit sloppy, overtime game last season that the Chiefs won 13-10 on a last second Ryan Succop 35-yard field goal. Even though the Bills defense only gave up 13 total points in 75 minutes of action, they came away battered and bruised thanks to 177 yard gashing by Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles.
If Todd Haley’s crew is going to come out on top again, they will have to take out a Bills team returning a lot of the same players that were on the field for last season’s game. Those players are heading to Arrowhead Sunday looking for some redemption.
“Some of the guys here last year remember how much that one stung,” DE Dwan Edwards told the Bills official site. “We feel like we’re a better team than we were last year definitely going into that game”
Turns out, the loss to the Chiefs was the second of three in overtime for the Bills in a 2010 campaign they ended with a 4-12 record.
“We felt like we probably should’ve won the game,” NT Kyle Williams said.
Once the regular season starts there shouldn’t be any additional motivation needed, but the Chiefs need to be ready for a team playing with an edge that many road teams with few exceptions rarely carry. On top of trying to erase the memory of last year’s loss, former Chiefs offensive coordinator Chan Gailey has admitted this week he wants to stick it to his former team.
Last season Haley and the Chiefs were able to play up the underdog role all the way to a division title. Now they have to protect the title and be careful not to be surprised by teams like the Bills that are trying to repeat what Kansas City was able to accomplish in 2010.