When the 2011 NFL schedule was released, I know I cringed a bit when I saw Buffalo’s Week 1 challenge – a trip to Kansas City to take on the defending AFC West champion Chiefs. Certainly a tough task for the Bills, as the Chiefs are bringing back a young, talented roster.
However, the degree of difficulty for the Bills seems to dropping as we approach the actual game. Reports now indicate that Chiefs QB Matt Cassel is questionable for Week 1 due to a rib injury. Report seem to vary on the severity of the injury, but it is apparently painful enough that Chiefs coach Todd Haley has told backup QB Tyler Palko (who has thrown exactly six NFL passes) that he needs to be ready to go on Sunday.
I’m not convinced Cassel ever going to be an elite-level NFL quarterback, but you can certainly win games with him, and it’s a big step down from Cassel to Palko. This will certainly be a situation worth monitoring as we get closer to Sunday.
In other bad news for the Chiefs, this weekend the team was forced to place TE Tony Moeaki on injured reserve, ending his season early. Reports indicate that Moeaki tore his ACL. The second-year man out of Iowa had a solid rookie season, hauling in 47 catches for 556 yards and three touchdowns.
Losing Moeaki is another blow for a Chiefs team that had a pretty awful preseason. You don’t want to look too much into preseason results, but the team went 0-4 in exhibitions and scored just 42 points combined in those four contests. There have to be some Chiefs fans hitting the panic button at the moment.