Every year there are matchups that look terrible on paper before the season but end up surprising fans and media alike when it arrives. This week’s game isn’t one of those times. The Chiefs and Bills are a combined 7-17 and both looking to next season and beyond. Buffalo — like Kansas City – is looking to finish strong.
“A lot of guys here just like to go out and compete and that’s the number one thing we have to do,” said leading rusher Fred Jackson. “We are professionals and this is what we do for a living and a lot of guys just want to go out winning.”
As difficult as the season has been, a win last Thursday alone would have at least kept them in the hunt in the division after Miami’s win over New England Sunday. Buffalo’s loss to the Jets however, vanquished that opportunity.
“It’s tough,” said Jackson of the AFC East race. “We can’t focus on that. We have to focus on what we have to go get taken care of and we have Kansas City this week. That’s what a lot of guys are doing. We’re preparing for Kansas City and that’s what we have to do.”
“We had a shot,” said Lee Evans. “That’s really all you can ask for is a chance or a shot and we had one and didn’t capitalize on it. Even thinking about last week playoffs weren’t really in the picture. We really have to take it one game at a time and right now we’re pretty much out of it, and it’s for each other, staying together and closing out the season.”
At the top of the list in terms of their play on Sundays is showing some measure of improvement on third downs on offense and more effectively stopping the run on defense.
“It’s frustrating because the things that we’re doing are easily correctable and it’s agitating because you see it’s just a breakdown here or there and we’re right there at the end of games we’re just a play away,” said Kyle Williams. “When we needed to play offense we didn’t make it and when we needed to make a play on defense we didn’t make it. It’s frustrating for the most part to be that close and have it within grasp and almost every time it slips away. I think if you’re a true competitor and you love to play and you love this game, it hurts.”
Hmmm, does that last comment by Williams sound familiar? Obviously not for the past two weeks, but at least five of the Chiefs losses could have swung the other way. Instead, Kansas City is hoping to come out over the last month of the season and show some signs of progress that they can take into the offseason.
Both of these teams have been all over the map with an offense in flux and a defense that can’t seem to stop anyone. The question seems to be this weekend who will win: the unstoppable force or the immovable object?