Here are five things to know about the Kansas City Chiefs (6-4, first in AFC West) ahead of their meeting with the Bills next Sunday.
1. Last game: Woof, the Chiefs lost to the one-win Giants, 12-9 in overtime. The Chiefs nearly gave the game away with interceptions on consecutive drives in the final 7 minutes of the fourth quarter (one on a gadget play) but got into range for a tying field goal with one second left and forced overtime. The Chiefs received the overtime kickoff but had to punt, and the Giants came down for the winning field goal. It was their only scoring drive that didn't come off of a turnover: Smith's first-quarter pick led to a touchdown (the extra point was no good) and the second led to the go-ahead field goal. The Chiefs didn't score a touchdown while losing an ugly game. "The Chiefs lost to a terrible team that played badly," the Kansas City Star wrote, "so what’s that make the Chiefs?"
2. Slumping: Hey, do you know of any football teams that played well the first month and a half of the season and have been slumping since? That may describe the Bills (unless you feel even that is too soft), but it would also describe the Chiefs, who beat the Patriots in the season opener and started 5-0 before a close loss to the Steelers began on slide on which they've lost four of five. Coach Andy Reid usually gets praise for having his team firing on all cylinders coming off a bye, but they certainly didn't look that way against the Giants. Quarterback Alex Smith is having a career year but has cooled off a little over the slump.
3. It's a big game for Sean McDermott: The Bills' rookie coach already had his reunion game with the Panthers, but facing his mentor in Andy Reid likely means much more to him than playing his former team. The timing, of course, couldn't be worse for McDermott, whose team is coming off consecutive 30-point losses for only the third time in franchise history. He also just had the first major coaching decision of his career blow up in his face. If there's one week where he'll want everything to go right, it's this one. Panthers coach Ron Rivera, Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Todd Bowles of the Jets and the Eagles' Doug Pederson are also members of the Andy Reid coaching tree, as is Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
4. Look out for Hunt: The Chiefs' ground game was thought to take a hit when lead back Spencer Ware was lost for the season due to an injury in late August. But rookie Kareem Hunt has more than answered the bell, and currently ranks second in the league in rushing yards (873) while tying for first in yards per carry (5.0). The betting site Bovada has Hunt as the favorite to win Rookie of the Year, ahead of Saints' running back Alvin Kamara, who torched the Bills in Week 10.
5. The Arrowhead factor: Ranking stadiums by difficultly to play in is usually pretty subjective, but Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium is thought to be one of the tougher places to play on the road. The Chiefs have been good lately – their winning percentage under Reid is .662 overall and .722 at home – and the crowd noise there is no joke. The Chiefs hold the Guinness record for loudest crowd noise, which Bills fans tried to break against the Patriots in 2015 but couldn't match. However, in a study earlier this year, ESPN wrote that the Chiefs actually had one of the smaller observed home-field advantages, based on point differential.