Chiefs look to get back on track against Bills

Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith, left, and the Chiefs will play the Buffalo Bills at noon Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. (The Associated Press)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 5-0 start, a quarterback who was an early candidate for NFL MVP and a ground game that was fueled by a running back who could be Rookie of the Year.

 

That’s how blissful things looked for the Kansas City Chiefs in early October.

Seven weeks later, the shine on the offense has started to come off a bit and the defense has struggled as well. All told, the Chiefs have lost four of their last five, a trend they hope to snap when they play the Buffalo Bills at noon Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

It’s been nearly a month since the Chiefs last played at home — a 29-19 win against Denver the day before Halloween — so the team is looking forward to playing at home for the first time in a while.

“A lot of people are in town, and let’s go, man,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “Let’s rock Arrowhead. That’s a great thing when that’s taking place. I look forward to that.

“I know our guys do and it should be an exciting atmosphere for a football game.”

On offense, the Chiefs (6-4) could see the return of wide receiver Albert Wilson who has been out the last three games with a hamstring injury. But regardless, the offense has to play better the final seven weeks of the season.

“I think this team is ready to get back to work and get back on track,” Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said. “That’s where I am at. I think this team realizes we can’t talk our way out of this. You just have to go do it and that is the only remedy.

“I think we are anxious to do that. We know we are capable of playing a lot better than we have and looking forward to going out there and doing that.”

On defense, the Chiefs will be without linebacker Dee Ford but they could get some help in the secondary with the arrival of veteran cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Revis was signed Wednesday, and though Reid wouldn’t say if Revis would play, he at least opened some eyes in practice.

“He sure looked good moving around,” Reid said.

The Bills (5-5) have dropped three in a row and will start Tyrod Taylor at quarterback. He was replaced by rookie Nathan Peterman last week against the Chargers.

Peterman, however, threw five picks in his start.

BILLS AT CHIEFS

When/Where: Noon, Sunday Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

Records: Buffalo 5-5, Kansas City 6-4

TV/Radio: WIBW (13.1), KDVV-FM (100.3)

Line: Kansas City by 10

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