Preview: Chiefs at Bills

The revenge factor will be alive and well when the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The Chiefs were crushed 41-7 at home by the Bills in their 2011 opener and lost 2010 Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry for the season with a torn ACL after a questionable downfield block by Buffalo wide receiver Steve Johnson. The teams combined to allow 88 points in season-opening losses last week. Since the NFL expanded its postseason to 12 teams in 1990, only 22 of the 184 teams (12 percent) that started 0-2 made the playoffs. Buffalo will be without running back Fred Jackson, who vowed to be back in four weeks, and receiver David Nelson, who is out for the season. Both suffered knee injuries last week.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Bills -3.5, O/U 44.5

ABOUT THE CHIEFS (0-1): Linebacker Tamba Hali, who had 12 sacks in 2011, returns after missing Kansas City's 40-24 home loss to Atlanta last week while serving a one-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Three Chiefs who missed all or a great majority of 2011 with torn left ACLs played against the Falcons. Berry had two tackles and a deflected pass; tight end Tony Moeaki, who missed the entire season after suffering his injury in the preseason, had three catches for 37 yards; and running back Jamaal Charles, who went down in Week 2, rushed for 87 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Matt Cassel threw two interceptions last week as the Chiefs had three turnovers. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe needs 20 yards to become the eighth Chief with 5,000 career receiving yards.

ABOUT THE BILLS (0-1): Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick must step up without his top running back and No. 2 receiver. He threw three touchdown passes last week, but they came after his three interceptions helped the New York Jets build a 41-7 lead in the third quarter en route to their 48-28 victory. C.J. Spiller took over in the second quarter after Jackson was injured and ran for a career-high 169 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown run. New Bills defensive ends Mark Anderson and Mario Williams, brought in to resuscitate a pass rush that produced only 29 sacks last season, combined for one tackle last week. Buffalo defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is expected to play after mourning the death of his brother, Simeon Gilmore, who was shot and killed over the weekend during a burglary in Alabama.


1. Five of last season's 12 playoff teams lost their 2011 opener.

2. The Bills have won seven of their last eight at home against the Chiefs.

3. Hall has 53.5 career sacks, third on the all-time Chiefs list behind Derrick Thomas (125) and Neil Smith (83).

PREDICTION: Chiefs 28, Bills 24

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Last Injuries

Buffalo Bills

  • Matt Milano

    day-to-day | questionable

    Milano was absent from the last contest with a hamstring injury, and his status for Week 3 versus the Rams is hazy.

  • Dawson Knox

    day-to-day | questionable

    Knox left the last game with a concussion and did not return. It is up in the air if he will be cleared in time for Week 3 versus the Rams.

  • Tremaine Edmunds

    day-to-day | questionable

    Edmunds missed the previous game with a shoulder injury, and it is unknown if he will play Week 3 against the Rams.

  • Jake Fromm

    day-to-day | questionable

    Fromm was held out of the previous game due to an unspecified ailment, and it is unknown if he will face the Rams in Week 3.

  • Isaiah McKenzie

    Ques Sun | questionable

    McKenzie is dealing with a hamstring injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be active Sunday versus the Dolphins.

  • Jerry Hughes

    Prob Sun | probable

    Hughes is nursing a calf injury, but he is likely to line up against the Dolphins on Sunday.

  • Vernon Butler

    Prob Sun | probable

    Butler missed the last game with a hamstring injury, but he is expected to suit up against the Dolphins on Sunday.

  • Tyrel Dodson

    Prob Sun | probable

    Dodson has a neck injury, but it is projected that he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Dolphins.

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Darrel Williams

    day-to-day | questionable

    Williams exited Sunday's game with an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will return.

  • Sammy Watkins

    day-to-day | questionable

    Watkins left Sunday's game due to a head injury, and it is uncertain if he will return.

  • Khalen Saunders

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Saunders has been assigned to the injured reserve list with a dislocated elbow, and he will miss an extended period.

  • Alex Okafor

    Out Sun | out

    Okafor was forced from the last game due to a minor hamstring strain, and he will not suit up Sunday versus the Chargers.

  • Charvarius Ward

    Out Sun | out

    Ward departed the previous game with a fractured left hand, and he will not play against the Chargers on Sunday.

  • Austin Reiter

    Prob Sun | probable

    Reiter is dealing with a sore knee, but he is likely to partake in Sunday's clash versus the Chargers.

  • Antonio Hamilton

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hamilton left Sunday's game with a groin injury, and it is unclear if he will return.

  • Frank Clark

    day-to-day | questionable

    Clark was lifted from Sunday's game due to an illness, and it is undetermined if he will return.