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Greetings from sunny Ralph Wilson Stadium

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills can spin their home opener into a mind eraser and help wipe out the ghastly memories of what happened at the Meadowlands.

Here is a digest of items about today's 1 p.m. game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Ralph Wilson Stadium ...

Buffalo leads the series 22-17-1 and have won four of their past five meetings. The Bills beat the Chiefs 41-7 on opening day last year. The Bills also have an 11-5-1 edge at home.

Weather conditions: As of this posting, the Weather Channel's forecast for kickoff in Orchard Park is 67 degrees, 51 percent humidity and 8 mph winds. The chance of precipitation is only 10 percent all afternoon.

Fast fact that might make you wretch: The last time either team won a playoff game, their quarterbacks were Jim Kelly (1995) and Joe Montana (1993). I know those guys are irreplaceable, but a lot of bad quarterbacks have won a playoff game in that span.

The Buffalo News has you covered. Bills beat reporters Mark Gaughan, Jay Skurski and I are at the game along with columnist Jerry Sullivan and photographers James P. McCoy and John Hickey. Skurski will oversee a live chat that launches at noon.

Don't forget to check out BuffaloNews.com's weekly live video postgame at 7:30 tonight. The one-hour recap will include reports from the stadium, analysis from our crew in Orchard Park and staffers at One News Plaza and fan reaction.

Today's game will be televised by CBS and shown in Western New York on WIVB Channel 4. Spiro Dedes will call the plays, with Steve Beuerlein handling color commentary.

Milestone watch: C.J. Spiller can become only the fourth Bills running back to record back-to-back 100-yard games to start a season. Fred Jackson did it last year, Thurman Thomas in 1991 and O.J. Simpson in 1973 and 1975.

Did you know? Brian Moorman holds the longest active games streak among punters at 177 and counting. Corey McIntyre's 41 straight games is second-longest among all fullbacks.

Bills all-time games versus Chiefs: Joe Cribbs rushed for 185 yards on Dec. 4, 1983. Elbert Dubenion had 161 receiving yards on Nov. 6, 1960. Jack Kemp passed for 300 yards on Oct. 13, 1963. That last one is amazing to me. Given how much the game has evolved and the fact the Bills have had some quarterbacks who can sling it since Kemp, I thought that number would be higher.

Associated Press reporter John Wawrow says: Against the Jets last week, the Bills allowed 10 of 14 third-down conversions, the most they've allowed since the Steelers went 12 of 19 in overtime in 2010.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | [email protected]


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | [email protected]


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | [email protected]

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