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Mark Gaughan's Matchup Watch: Bills at Chiefs

Travis Kelce vs. Micah Hyde

The Bills have not faced many top tight ends this season. Now they get Kelce, arguably just as tough a matchup as the Pats' Rob Gronkowski. At 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, he's not quite as powerful as Gronk, but he's faster. Kelce led NFL tight ends last season with 1,125 yards on 85 catches. He's on pace for 94 catches and 1,181 yards this season. The Chiefs will line him up all over the place, even in the backfield. Kelce also has improved his blocking, which was awful when he entered the league out of Cincinnati. He's no Gronk as a blocker, but he's decent.

LeSean McCoy vs. Chiefs linebackers

The Chiefs rank 29th against the run, even though the Kansas City offense does a good job holding the ball. The Chiefs are eighth in time of possession. That shows how easily the Chiefs yield yards. The Bills' defense needs help against a team with speedy weapons. The Bills can't afford a slew of three-and-out series. Veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson is 34 and not as explosive as in the past. Ex-Bill Reggie Ragland saw most of the action last week as the other inside backer in the Chiefs' 3-4 defense. This may be a week to spread them out and run. In a loud Arrowhead Stadium, the run game is essential.

Bills DL vs. power runs

The Chiefs' offensive line is not especially dominant. It's nowhere near the class of the New Orleans front five that abused the Buffalo defense. Center Zach Fulton and left guard Bryan Witzman are not power run blockers. Nevertheless, rookie Kareem Hunt is No. 2 in the NFL in rushing. He looks good on lead draws and running behind pulling linemen. Look for the Chiefs to copy some of the pre-snap motions and power plays that the Saints used to get the Bills' front to hesitate. The Bills need to move the line of scrimmage back a yard. That's what Pittsburgh did to the Chiefs last month.

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