NFL Game Previews: Monday Night Matchups

NFL Game Previews: Monday Night Matchups

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Kansas City at Buffalo (+3.5), o/u 57.5 – Monday, 5 p.m. EDT

Last week's flop for Kansas City against the Raiders was a shocker, and while the defense's collapse was alarming, the offense's inability to respond also raised eyebrows. Miracles have become so commonplace for Patrick Mahomes, it's weird when he doesn't come up with one. Injuries along the offensive line are becoming an issue – if right tackle Mitchell Schwartz can't go Monday, the unit will effectively be down three starters – and that might be part of the reason why first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire hasn't taken the NFL by storm. The rookie will get competition for touches from Le'Veon Bell beginning in Week 7, but if the blocking up front is the problem, Bell isn't going to have much more luck finding holes than CEH was (although he'll still find more than the Jets were getting him). The Bills are also coming off a head-scratching first loss of the season, but theirs might be more inexplicable, as they let themselves get routed by a Titans squad that was barely able to practice for two weeks. Now they have to deal with Mahomes on short rest. Josh Allen has his worst game of the season, "only" accounting for two TDs while throwing two INTs, but even then his 63.4 percent completion rate – worst of 2020 by more than five points – was still miles better than his first two years in the league. The obvious issue for

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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