The Bills (4-8) will be playing for pride this week when they visit Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs (3-9).
In many ways, the Chiefs are a team filled with young talent using the remaining games of this season to build for the future. The Bills, who have also been “rebuilding” for years come into Kansas City with the opportunity to do the same.
The Bills will miss the playoffs for the tenth consequtive year, the longest streak in the NFL second only to the Detriot Lions. While it is true that the Bills have struggled to get play makers Terrell Owens and Lee Evans in the offense, its defense deserves a fair share of the blame for the team’s struggles. The Bills have been abysmal against the run, surrendering an NFL-worst 172.1 yards a contest.
The biggest source of frustration for Bills fans this season though has to be the team’s inability to close games out in the fourth quarter. The Bills have either led, were tied or within one score entering the final quarter of seven of their eight losses. They’ve been outscored 112-67 in the final 15 minutes of games this season.
“That’s been our theme all year,” safety Donte Whitner said. “Everybody’s frustrated. The fans are frustrated. It all falls on our shoulders. We have to go out there and put a good product on the football field and bring wins home. And we’re not doing that.”
Against another weak team, the Bills will have to show this week that they are capable of beating teams they should beat.