KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: The Kansas City Chiefs square off against the Buffalo Bills during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
When the Buffalo Bills take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 action this Sunday, it will be the fifth consecutive season that these two teams have met, but the first time in that sequence that the game has taken place in Orchard Park.
In those previous four meetings - again, all at Arrowhead Stadium - the Bills are 3-1, with the lone loss coming in 2010 in a 13-10 overtime affair. The average final score of those four games in Kansas City: 30-15 in favor of Buffalo.
One player in particular that has struggled against the Bills in this stretch is quarterback Matt Cassel, who has only been around for the last three meetings. In those three games against Buffalo as a member of the Chiefs, he's completed 59 percent of his passes for 495 yards (165 per game) with two touchdowns, five interceptions, eight sacks taken, a fumble, and a quarterback rating of 57.4. The Chiefs have scored 30 points in those three contests for an average of 10 per game.
I asked Joel Thorman of ArrowheadPride.com if he had an explanation for why Cassel has struggled so badly against Bills defenses that - let's face it - have been pretty bad.
"That's Cassel's inconsistency. Hard to say a lot more than that," Thorman wrote. "He's an inconsistent quarterback who plays well at times and poorly at others. He doesn't have the high consistency level that some franchise quarterbacks do. You can't really tell what you're going to get from him in a given week."
It's not often that the Bills have a streak advantage like this over an opponent; then again, their last one, a decades-long winning streak against the Cincinnati Bengals, was snapped just last season.