Mario Williams has been a beast this season racking up 11 sacks in his first eight games, but the only other player to step up is rookie Kiki Alonso. Injuries to their secondary continue to cost the team wins.
Thad Lewis has filled in admirably in EJ Manuel's absence, but the team is missing Manuel's big arm and ability to challenge defenses. Having him return in November is sure to give the team a big spark.
Yahoo -- Frank Schwab -- No. 21 (Last week: No. 22)
"Mario Williams has 11 sacks in eight games. Maybe Buffalo overpaid for him in free agency last year, but that's what they had to do to get him, and he's earning his money."
Williams has been a complete beast this season but the team needs other people to step up on the defensive side of the ball. The team is giving up too many points 26.5 per game (25th in the NFL) and 381.1 yards per game (26th).
Sure, a big reason for that are injuries to the secondary, but if Buffalo wants to sneak into the playoffs, they need players besides Williams and Kiko Alonso to step up.
CBSSports.com -- Pete Prisco - No. 22 (Last week: No. 23)
"That was a tough second game of a road trip at New Orleans. Now they get the Chiefs. Good luck."
Buffalo had to face a team that was 5-1 last week and now face the only undefeated team in the league.
If it wasn't for bad luck - and injuries - the Bills wouldn't have any luck at all.
Fox Sports -- Brian Billick -- No. 16 (Last week: No. 16)
"For a team that is playing with its third-string QB, the Bills are fighting like dogs and are going to be a tough out down the stretch."
You've got to give Doug Marrone a ton of credit for keeping a young team that has been bitten by the injury bug focused this deep into the season. There have been plenty of excuses that could have been made, but the team continues to scrap and claw despite playing some of the elite teams in the NFL.
NFL.com -- Elliot Harrison -- No. 21 (Last week: No. 21)
"The Bills weren't awful in New Orleans; they simply couldn't go toe-to-toe with the Saints' offense. Looking ahead, the 3-5 Bills still can make something of this season. Yes, the 8-0 Chiefs visit Buffalo next, but they hardly resembled an unblemished team Sunday. After that, the Bills' slate plays out like this: at Steelers, vs. Jets, vs. Falcons, at Bucs and at Jags. That, folks, is an easy schedule."
Fantastic big picture look at the team by Harrison. This week looks to be another tough game, but if the team can win four of five of the following six games they would find themselves above .500 and battling for a playoff spot.
ESPN.com -- No. 20 (Last week: No. 25)
"There's no time to lick the wounds from a 35-17 loss in New Orleans. Buffalo returns home to face the Chiefs, the last of the league's undefeated teams."
Can the Bills bait Alex Smith into trying to rip some deep passes? Smith has shown an aversion to the deep ball, but with Buffalo's secondary still hobbled, it might prove to be too tempting. If that's the case - and Kansas City doesn't give Jamaal Charles enough touches - then Buffalo has a chance of stealing a win at home.
But, I wouldn't go and bet your house on that happening...
Ryan McNeill has followed the Buffalo Bills since the team broke his heart after losing four consecutive Super Bowls. Yeah, he's kind of a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
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