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Bills draft report: previewing teams that owe Buffalo picks

Every Thursday, we'll preview the weekend for the three NFL teams who owe Buffalo a draft pick in 2018.

Kansas City at New England 8:30pm Thursday

Chiefs Loss Probability: They better

There's every reason to believe Kansas City will win a bunch of games this season, even if Bills fans are hoping otherwise. 

Just not this one. 

The Patriots are still "The Patriots" even without Julian Edelman. Tom Brady is still upright and, often, that's all New England needs. 

However, Brady will also have a healthy Rob Gronkowski and a fun new weapon at receiver in Brandin Cooks. 

The home team is 13-2 all time in Thursday night season openers and both losses were by the Giants. New England has won three of these themselves.

Any hope of the Chiefs donating to the Bills quarterback trade fund with a high first round pick goes out the window with a win at Foxboro. 

The one time Bills fans might suck it up and actually root for the Evil Empire, New England better come through. 

Indianapolis at L.A. Rams 4:05pm Sunday

Rams Loss Probability: Who knows

Sammy Watkins opens his Rams career at home against the Colts and, stunningly, it's the Jared Goff led Rams offense vs. the usually toothless Colts D that might be the more interesting matchup. 

Anyone with a fantasy team knows Andrew Luck won't play this game for the Colts, but stud Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is also holding out for a new contract. 

New L.A. coach Sean McVay has left the door open for an 11th hour return to the lineup if Donald wants to report, but the chances are diminishing quickly. 

As good as Donald is, Luck is the more important loss because he's the quarterback and because he's a damn good one. Even with Luck, the Colts have won only one opener since 2009. 

If the Bills miss out on a second round target by two or three spots, the Rams catching Indy without Luck will likely be the game Billsmafia rues most. 

Philadelphia at Washington 1pm Sunday

Eagles Loss Probability: Coin flip

Ronald Darby's first test as the "number 1" cornerback comes against Washington and their re-tooled receiver group. DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are out. Terrelle Pryor is in while Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson are expected to step up. 

Seems like Darby is going to be matched up with Doctson more than Pryor. Either way, the 5-11 Darby is giving up inches. Doctson is 6-2 and Pryor is 6-4. 

Washington has an off field controversy of sorts. Safety Su'a Cravens abruptly decided to retire last weekend after one season in the league. Team officials apparently talked him out of it for now.

He's on an exempt list and out a month at least, but it's something the team has been addressing all week. 

The Eagles are hoping for more growth from Carson Wentz year two with help from new weapons LaGarrette Blount and Alshon Jeffrey. 

Streak wise, Washington has won the last five games in this matchup, but lost their last four openers. 

If the Bills and Jets gets dull (or probably, when), this game would be a fun one to flip on. Eight of the last nine have been decided by less than a touchdown. Eight of the last nine have featured a losing score of at least 20 points. 


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