Bills turn ball over 3 times; fall to Chiefs at home
The Bills dominate nearly all aspects of the contest, but the turnovers are costly as Kansas City runs away with a 23-13 victory.
The Chiefs elected to receive to begin the game, and it started off at a slow, methodical pace. Two of the first three drives lasted over four minutes, but resulted in no points from either team. Nearing the end of the first quarter, after a Kansas City punt, Jeff Tuel and the Bills offense began to open up, as Tuel connected with Marquise Goodwin deep for a 59 yard touchdown reception.
Moving onto the second quarter, Buffalo started out forcing the Chiefs to punt the ball again - it was the third straight time that Kansas City was forced to punt - but the first play from scrimmage for the Bills resulted in a Kendrick Lewis interception, giving the Chiefs the ball at the Buffalo 41 yard line. They then worked their way into the red zone, but a big open field Tackle by Nickell Robey on 3rd and short forced a Ryan Succop field goal, and the Bills managed a field goal of their own on the ensuing possession, making the score 10-3 Bills at the half.
Immediately starting the second half, CJ Spiller who's been hobbled with knee and ankle injuries, started to find his legs as he takes a 61 yard run all the way down to the chiefs 19 yard line, and a couple more Fred Jackson carries put the Bills at the Chiefs' goal line. On 3rd and goal at the 1, the aforementioned Tuel makes another rookie mistake, as Sean Smith takes an interception 100 yards for a touchdown, making the score 10-10, all the Kansas City points up to that point coming off of Jeff Tuel turnovers. After a Buffalo punt on the following possession, the teams swap field goals, and it was 13-13 heading into the fourth quarter.
Starting the final frame, things simply fell apart for the Bills. Deep in their own territory, Tuel completed a short pass to TJ Graham, but he immediately fumbled thanks to Marcus Cooper, and Tamba Hali scooped it up and returned it for 11 yards, now making it 17 of the Chiefs' 20 points off of Buffalo turnovers. From there on out, KC used their running game to chew up the clock, netting a field goal just outside of the 2 minute warning, making it 23-13 Chiefs, which is the final score from Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Buffalo is now 3-6, they travel to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers next Sunday at 1 PM.
1:59 - Marquise Goodwin 59-yd TD reception from Jeff Tuel
Drive: 6 plays, 88 yds, 2:10
7:34 - Ryan Succop 27-yd FG
Drive: 10 plays, 32 yds, 4:19