I'm a big believer in signs (and the like), thanks to my older cousin's quarter-life crisis back when I was 12. Thus, I've convinced myself that the Bills always play better when my preview posts are short and sweet. So in the interest of doing anything possible to up our chances of finally getting our first win, that's exactly what I'm going to do.
Heading to Kansas City to face the 4-2 Chiefs tomorrow, this is what we should see from the Bills:
- Fitz needs to come out strong and fearless. I'm thinking of sending him a CD with a few Taylor Swift, Hannah Montana and Rick Ross songs that encourage that very sentiment for him to listen to before gametime. With last week's performance of 382 yards passing, 20 yards rushing and four touchdown passes, Fitz should be out to once again impress the pundits and fans who doubted his ability to turn this offense around.
- Now that the offense is figuring out how to score both touchdowns and field goals, I expect Stevie Johnson and my Lee Evans to see the ball headed their way a lot. Hopefully KC hasn't figured out a way to stick themselves to both #13 and #83... I mean, that's a big job to keep up with two receivers who have proven they can make those catches when it matters.
- I'd like to think Freddy J would be a useful engine, but tomorrow, I'm not so sure. The Chiefs have moved to 6th in the league in run defense. No matter how adaptive and fierce Freddy is, without an O-line that can develop those blocks for him, it could be a struggle. All the more reason for our pass game to step up big.
- Matt Cassel hasn't been great in the air, until recently. Then again, our pass rush hasn't been great... at all. The Bills are going to be hungry for one of those spectacular takeaways they were known for last season. With Byrd and McGhee questionable, it'll be up to Donte Whitner to get the job done.
- With the switch back to a 4-3 formation, maybe the D will have gotten its mojo back.
- It's set to be the "battle of the rookies" on punt returns. C.J. Spiller has clearly emerged effective on returns, and KC's Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenass are ranked near the top of the league in this category. Spiller seems eager to ignite some stronger sparks and excitement than we saw the last couple games, so perhaps the honor of being considered rookie of the game will be enough to light him up.
- If we need him to, Lindell should have us covered on long field goals. I honestly have no idea what the weather in Kansas City is like, but I'm guessing it's got to be more ideal for the longshots than in Buffalo.
- Bottom line: put up some points, hang on to the ball, and improve improve improve.
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