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NFL Week 12 Preview: Bills at Chiefs

By PFF Analysis Team
Nov 23, 2017

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ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 01: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates beating the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Buffalo Bills visit the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 12 of the 2017 NFL season. PFF previews the top player matchups of the game.

PFFELO Ranking: 21

Coverage by: Elliott Rooney

Matchup: Buffalo Bills offense vs. Kansas City Chiefs defense

Tyrod Taylor, quarterback, Buffalo Bills

PFFELO Ranking: 7

Coverage by: Mike Guerrelli

Matchup: Kansas City Chiefs offense vs. Buffalo Bills defense

  • RB Kareem Hunt vs. LB Preston Brown – Buffalo’s defense has been struggling, giving up 101 total points the last two weeks. This looks like a good matchup for Hunt, who is PFF’s top-ranked running back with a 90.7 overall grade this season. He’s second among running backs with 100-plus touches in PFF elusive rating (boils down a runner’s success beyond the point of being helped by his blockers). Hunt’s rushing grade of 88.8 matches up well with Brown’s run-defense grade of 42.7. He also has an advantage in the passing game, with an 84.7 receiving grade compared to Brown’s 46.1 coverage grade. Brown is 52nd in run-stop percentage among linebackers at 7.6 percent this year.

Kareem Hunt, running back, Kansas City Chiefs

  • TE Travis Kelce vs. S Jordan Poyer – This is a great matchup between the tight end with the highest receiving grade at 89.8 in Kelce, and the safety with the eighth best coverage grade in Poyer at 89.6. Kelce is PFF’s top ranked tight end with an 88.8 overall grade in 2017. He leads all tight ends with 30 receptions and 439 yards receiving from the slot this season. Poyer’s 83.0 overall grade ranks 18th at the safety position through Week 11. He has allowed 17 receptions for 202 yards in 324 coverage snaps, and no touchdowns with two interceptions.
  • WR Tyreek Hill vs. CB Tre’Davious White – Hill is one of the NFL’s fastest players, and probably hasn’t been targeted enough downfield given that fact. He is 16th among wide receivers with 14 deep targets this season (targets 20-plus yards downfield), and has only been targeted deep on 21.5 percent of his total targets. He is very effective on crossing routes with a 145.8 passer rating, and go routes with a 132.2 passer rating. White is PFF’s 10th ranked cornerback with an 87.8 overall grade. His 10 passes defensed are tied for the most of any cornerback through Week 11. White has been vulnerable on go routes, allowing two touchdowns and a passer rating of 120.6.

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