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Chiefs vs. Bills: 10 Stats to Know

Posted Nov 25, 2017

Here are some numbers to keep in mind, presented by DraftKings

The Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) host the Buffalo Bills (5-5) Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium.

This will be the fourth time over the past five years that the Chiefs have faced the Bills under head coach Andy Reid, and the Chiefs have won all three of the previous meetings.   

But more recently, the Chiefs have dropped their last two over the Cowboys and Giants while the Bills have dropped three in a row, including a 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday.

With both teams in the playoff hunt as we head towards the final stretch of the regular season, there’s obviously a sense of urgency for each to get back into the win column.

Here are 10 stats to know for Bills-Chiefs on Sunday, presented by DraftKings:

1. The Chiefs are good at Arrowhead

The Chiefs have won 21 of their last 27 games at Arrowhead Stadium.

The average score of those games has been 25 to 16.

2. The basics – Looking at the Chiefs and Bills’ offenses

Total yards per game – Buffalo – 302.1 ypg (27th) – Kansas City – 370.9 ypg (6th)

Points per game – Buffalo – 20.8 ppg (19th) – Kansas City – 26.2 ppg (7th)

Passing yards per game – Buffalo – 184.4 ypg (30th) – Kansas City – 252.5 ypg (10th)

Rushing yards per game – Buffalo – 117.7 ypg (11th) – Kansas City – 118.4 ypg (10th)

3. The basics – Looking at the Chiefs and Bills’ defenses

Total yards per game – Buffalo – 366.8 ypg (25th) – Kansas City – 383 ypg (28th)

Points per game – Buffalo – 25 ppg (23rd) – Kansas City – 22 ppg (14th)

Passing yards per game – Buffalo – 246.9 ypg (24th) – Kansas City – 253.8 (28th)

Rushing yards per game – Buffalo – 119.9 ypg (24th) – Kansas City – 129.2 ypg (29th)

4. The Bills are going with Tyrod Taylor over Nathan Peterman

It was reported earlier in the week that Tyrod Taylor would be the Bills’ starting quarterback Sunday against the Chiefs.

Taylor was benched last week in favor of rookie fifth-round pick Nathan Peterman, who proceeded to toss five interceptions in the first half against the Chargers before relinquishing the duties to Taylor in the second half.

The last time the Chiefs and Bills met was in 2015, when Taylor had a pretty good day. He finished 21 of 38 for 293 yards and three touchdowns.

On the season, Taylor has completed 64 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

5. Travis Kelce has been on a roll

On the season, Kelce leads all NFL tight ends with 59 receptions on 83 targets for 738 yards and five touchdowns.

Kelce needs just one more touchdown to set a career high.

6. The Bills’ offense is led by LeSean McCoy, and he’s really, really good

McCoy has been one of the league’s most dynamic running backs since he first entered the league with Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles as a second-round pick of the University of Pittsburgh back in 2009.

Since 2009, McCoy leads the NFL with 9,663 yards rushing. He also has 277 carries that resulted in gains of 10 yards or more, which is also the most in the league over that time.

This year, McCoy currently ranks eighth in the league with 170 carries for 709 yards with four touchdowns.

7. Reggie Ragland is coming off the best game of his career

According to the people over at Pro Football Focus, Ragland was pretty good last week.

Ragland, who first came into the league with his opponent on Sunday—the Bills, led the Chiefs with nine tackles against the Giants. He was traded to the Chiefs at the end of the preseason.

8. The Bills have given up plenty of big plays

The Bills’ defense has allowed 156 plays of 10 yards or more this season, which is the most in the league.

9. The two highest-graded defensive players for the Bills

According to Pro Football Focus, the Bills’ top two defensive players are edge rusher Jerry Hughes and rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White.

Hughes already has 20 quarterback hurries this season, while White has allowed just 51 percent of passes thrown in his direction to be completed.

10. Looking at the core four stats for each team

These are generally the numbers that determine wins and losses each week:

Total penalty yards this season – Buffalo – 622 (28th) – Kansas City – 744 (31st)

Turnover differential – Buffalo – plus-5 (9th) – Kansas City – plus-7 (T-5th)

Red zone efficiency – Buffalo – 61.5 percent (6th) – Kansas City – 44.8 (30th)

Third-down conversions – Buffalo – 40.3 percent (13th) – Kansas City – 40.3 percent (12th)

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