It won't matter who plays quarterback for the Buffalo Bills if the defense can't stop giving up 45 points per game, as it has over the last three weeks.
"We have to respond better on sudden change and adversity," defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. "Our football team, right now, is working through a mountain of it and the only way to get through it is to work through it. You can’t hope and wish and think something miraculous is going to happen. You have to go out and work."
Here are all the details you need for Sunday's game, plus five things we'll be watching for:
• TV: CBS. Announcers: Greg Gumbel (play by play), Trent Green (color analyst).
• Radio: Bills Radio Network. Buffalo-WGR 550 AM; Toronto-Fan 590 AM; Rochester-WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM; Syracuse-WTKW 99.5 FM and WTKV 105.5 FM. Announcers: John Murphy (play by play), Mark Kelso (color analyst).
• Series history: Bills lead, 23-20-1. Buffalo has lost its last three games against the Chiefs, finding a heart-breaking way to do so each time.
• Bills injury report: Out: LT Cordy Glenn (foot/ankle), RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring), G John Miller (ankle). Questionable: WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee), TE Charles Clay (knee), WR Jordan Matthews (knee), WR Deonte Thompson (ankle). Chiefs injury report: Out: LB Dee Ford (back), LB Terrance Smith (concussion). Questionable: DL Allen Bailey (knee), LB Tampa Hali (knee), WR Albert Wilson (hamstring).
• Point spread: The Bills are 10-point underdogs, according to the website footballlocks.com.
• Did you know? Center Eric Wood and right tackle Jordan Mills are the only two players to take every offensive snap so far this season for the Bills.
• Next up: The Bills start a three-game homestand with a visit from the AFC East-leading New England Patriots.
Here are five things to watch against the Chiefs:
1. How does Tyrod Taylor respond? The Bills' starting quarterback never shows much emotion to the media, but he still has to be seething about his benching in Week 11. The best way for Taylor to make a point would be to play a big game against the Chiefs. The Bills' current coaching staff might have made its mind up about Taylor, but there are several other teams who will be in the market for a starter after this season. Taylor will be auditioning for them as much as he is playing for the Bills over the final six games.
2. Who's ready to go at receiver? The Bills have three players – Kelvin Benjamin (knee), Jordan Matthews (knee) and Deonte Thompson (ankle) – questionable at the position. Benjamin didn't practice all week, so it would be a surprise to see him play. Both Matthews and Thompson were limited all week, so they seem to have a better chance. No matter who has been lined up at receiver, production has been minimal this season. Now would be a good time for that to change.
3. How does the offensive line handle the noise? Arrowhead Stadium is known as one of the loudest places to play in the NFL. "You have to understand the intensity of the noise. Acoustics are really good there," Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. "You have to limit what you do in certain things, and make sure that you can handle the noise."
4. Can the offense – or special teams – create more big plays? The Bills have had just three passes go for 40 or more yards this season, and only one rush of that distance. Additionally, the Bills don't have a kickoff or punt return that has gone for a touchdown. In a game in which the team is two-possession underdogs, a quick strike could go a long way toward taking the Kansas City crowd out of the game and perhaps give the Bills a needed shot of confidence.
5. What does Reggie Ragland do? The second-year linebacker, traded by the Bills to the Chiefs during training camp, is coming off his best game of the season in Week 11, making nine tackles against the Giants. Ragland has started five games this season. Bills coach Sean McDermott was short in his answer about Ragland this week, saying it looked like he was doing a good job. That will sting for Bills fans Sunday if that is true.