Practice Recap 11/07: Beating the Buffalo Bills Defense

The Buffalo Bills defense is tied for the league lead with 18 takeaways

Another week, another fantastic front seven to go up against.

That has been the story for the Kansas City Chiefs, who in the past three weeks seem like they keep running into some of the better fronts in the entire National Football League.

First it was the St. Louis Rams and then the New York Jets. Now it's the Buffalo Bills, who combined this season have compiled 28 sacks and 18 defensive turnovers overall.

"By far, this will be the best front we've faced up to date," Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said this week. "This is a good group. This is an active group. They've got some guys that can rush the passer. They are very active with the linebacker crew."

The responsibility of neutralizing the Bills' front will once again be on the shoulders of the Chiefs offensive line, which from Week 2 forward, has given Alex Smith ample time each game to be effective.

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"Really, a credit to those guys," Smith said this week of the O-line. "I think the thing that really jumps out is just the pride they have as a group, a collective group that the pride they have in going out there and playing and setting the tone for us."

In the first game against the Tennessee Titans, Alex Smith was sacked four times for a loss of 24 yards behind an offensive line that struggled.

But since then, the Chiefs have only given up 15 sacks, and from Week 2 on, that's tied for the fourth best mark in the entire league (only the Bengals, Patriots and Saints have been better).

When you consider that this is the same line that was originally thought start a completely different combination in the preseason, it's a remarkable feat.

"It was a difficult situation at the beginning of the year, having guys move around," Smith admitted. "Really, Rodney's (Hudson) the only guy playing the same position from a year ago. So when you think about that, it is amazing. But right now in the thick of it, we're just going."

A look into practice on Wednesday, getting prepared for the Bills.

As he runs the offense, Smith went on to say that the line is something he rarely will even think about.

"For me though, I'm trying not so much to think about those guys, but the guys down the field and make good decisions and get the ball out," he said. 

The Chiefs hope Smith can find those "guys down the field" for touchdowns against a potent Bills defense on Sunday. 


*Smith and the Chiefs participated in their final practice of the week Friday in preparation for the Buffalo Bills. *

Practice Bits

  • WR Donnie Avery (groin), CB Jamell Fleming (hamstring) and LB Jerry Franklin (hamstring) did not practice and will be listed as out against the Bills.
  • CB Phillip Gaines (ankle/quad), LB Josh Martin (hamstring/knee) and CB Chris Owens (knee) are listed for the game as questionable.
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