Chip Kelly was asked during Wednesday's conference call why he made the switch at quarterback from Blaine Gabbert to Colin Kaepernick. His insightful reply: "We just felt like we needed to do something on the offensive side to get us going. It's really, when you look at the depth on the offensive side of the ball, it was the one maneuver we could make."
In other words, the Niners need more at the game's most important position. He might as well give Kaepernick a try. Gabbert has been awful through the first five games, completing 58 percent of his passes for 890 yards, with five TD passes and six interceptions. The Niners are 31st in the NFL in passing yards. The Bills are last, which tells you they also need to be more productive through the air.
So there's a good chance this will be another game where the Bills' running game will carry the day. The Bills are up to third in the NFL in rushing. The Niners are 31st against the rush. Since shutting out the Rams in the season opener, they have allowed 167 yards a game on the ground and 4.6 yards a carry. Buffalo's 5.1-yard average per rush leads the league. It could be a big day for LeSean McCoy, who has 447 yards rushing and a 5.3 average, in his second game against Kelly, his former Eagles coach.
San Francisco has lost four in a row, allowing 35.0 points in that stretch. The Bills are looking for their first four-game winning streak since the first four weeks of the 2008 season. It's a game they ought to win easily at New Era Field. The betting line (Bills by 7 1-2) reflects that. When you see that extra half-point, it shows the oddsmakers are trying to push people over to the underdog's side.