The Kansas City Chiefs, once again, overcame themselves this week and improved to 9-0 on the season defeating the Buffalo Bills 23-13, their first win in Buffalo since 1986. After a shaky first half all around, the Chiefs’ defense picked it up in the second half and gave Buffalo more than they could handle.
What went wrong?
There was not much that went right for the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half, only putting 3 points on the board and being down by a touchdown at halftime. The offense looked like it normally does against the Buffalo Bills: nonexistent.
The defense struggled mightily today against the run, giving up well over two hundred yards to the Bills’ rushing attack. It didn’t seem to matter who the Bills put in the backfield today, they all seemed to all be making plays.
Alex Smith, by no reach, had his best performance today, but once again he proved ball security goes a long way in the NFL. He may have had a better day statistically, however, if Dexter McCluster would have completed what seemed to be a fairly easy completion that would have been a touchdown.
What went right?
If you watched the first half, it looked like the Chiefs’ season was suddenly going to be perfect no longer. The Chiefs’ defense gave up a lot of rushing yards, but made two great plays on the ball and, as a result, had two defensive touchdowns.
Week after week, I keep saying Jamaal Charles was solid as always and once again that was the case for this week.
Dwayne Bowe was an essential part of the passing game today. He had seven receptions for 67 yards; a very productive day for a guy who has not done much of anything this year.
Something that may have gone unnoticed during the game was the play of defensive back Marcus Cooper. Cooper was tested many times today on passes from Bills QB Jeff Tuel, and Cooper defended the deep ball very nicely all afternoon.
What needs to change?
Well, quite frankly, a lot. Jamaal Charles has been the definition of a workhorse this year and if he continues to touch the ball as much as he does, his productivity may be hindered come playoff time. The Chiefs are going into their bye week and have some time to incorporate a more vertical passing attack into their offense. The defense may have some issues as well, looking at how they failed to contain the Bills’ run game this afternoon.
The Chiefs go into the bye week looking forward to their AFC West showdown against the Denver Broncos. The game has been flexed to the 8:25 p.m. ET time slot, I assume due to it being a highly anticipated contest. It should be a very exciting game to watch, and see what changes the Chiefs make in the next two weeks to keep up with the high-octane offense of the Denver Broncos.
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