Bills Beat Themselves… Again


Buffalo stormed out to a 10-0 lead after two straight three and outs by the defense and long drives by the offense. However, the Bills had plenty of chances to put the game out of reach in the first half, and they did not. For the second week in a row the Bills could not capitalize on their opportunities, and there were plenty.

The Chiefs forced a Dan Carpenter field goal after stopping the Bills on 3rd and 4 from the 9 yard line. LeSean McCoy fumbled at the Kansas City 30 yard line on the second drive of the game. The Bills also punted from inside Chiefs territory twice. Not to mention the Chiefs scored a touchdown thanks to a questionable Jeremy Maclin catch that went unchallenged by Rex Ryan.

Buffalo also had a chance to tie the game down eight for their final drive. On 3rd and 9 Chris Hogan appeared to clearly catch the ball, but it was ruled incomplete. Again Ryan chose not to challenge and Buffalo was stopped on 4th down. There was no reason not to challenge, but Rex missed it.

Sammy Watkins had a career half in the 1st half making play after play. Watkins had six catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns all in the first half. However; he went unnoticed in the 2nd because he was only targeted one time. Yes, you read that right, after having 158 yards in one half he was only targeted once in the second.

Give credit to the Chiefs who were plagued by injuries and suffered more key losses during the game. They stuck with it and made the most of their chances in this game. Maclin played very well beating Ronald Darby a few times. Spencer Ware made his 1st NFL start and went for over 100 yards breaking tackles all day long.

Penalties were again a story for the Bills who committed 9 for 91 yards. Buffalo also had two turnovers, both on fumbles, compared to none for the Chiefs. In a game were every key stat was even (yards, time of possession, first downs) turnovers were the difference today.

After this loss it will be awfully tough to make the playoffs, they will need lots of help. Plain and simple the Bills were out coached in this game. From the challenges, to Watkins disappearing, to the discipline, to the play calling, Rex and his staff were beat in this one. It more than likely will cost him a shot at the playoffs in his first season.