A look back at the Buffalo Bills’ Week 12 win against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Coming in as massive underdogs, the offense played just well enough to support a stellar afternoon by the defense.
After getting torched three straight weeks, Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier got their defense to stand up and shut down a Kansas City offense that has tons of playmakers. Getting out of K.C. without hearing much from Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill is a massive achievement.
A win Sunday against the New England Patriots isn’t a must, but it would go along way for Buffalo’s playoff hopes.
You know the drill, each week during the regular season this column will provide the three ways the Bills can secure a victory. So, without further ado, here are the Three Keys to the Game for the matchup against the Chiefs, which kicks off 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium on CBS.
This one was easy.
Not only did Tre’Davious White come up with the game-saving interception, but he shut down every Chiefs wideout he faced. White had three balls thrown his way and only allowed one reception for six yards.
We’re sticking with the defense again.
Micah Hyde continues to prove that he’s one of the best free-agent signings league-wide. The talented safety was given PFF’s game ball after earning an 85.6.
Hyde had balls thrown his way twice and didn’t yield a reception. He also added a tackle and a run stop.
Stephen Hauschka has been tremendous for the Bills this season, and it continued against the Chiefs.
Hauschka went 3-for-4 including a 56-yarder. His only miss was a 52-yard kick that was rushed due to poor time management by Sean McDermott.
Hauschka has been relied on time and time again by the Bills and could be again in Week 13.
Dion Dawkins has often flourished at left tackle this season.
However, Week 12 wasn’t one of those games. The rookie earned a 47.9 from PFF.
While Dawkins did well in the running game, earning an 85.0 run score, he struggled in the passing game. He gave up five hurries and “a handful of quick pressures” according to PFF.
LeSean McCoy was set up for the opportunity to have a big game.
But that didn’t happen.
McCoy was extremely inefficient against the Chiefs, especially on the ground. He rushed for just 49 yards on 22 carries. McCoy did catch four passes for 30 yards.
Buffalo’s going to need a better game out of its star running back if it wants to hang with the Patriots.
Brandon Tate has often given the Bills a spark in the return game which was the case against Kansas City.
However, he almost cost them during a punt return against the Chiefs.
It was during the third quarter, and Buffalo had just stopped the Chiefs near midfield. Dustin Colquitt punted the ball down to the Bills’ 11, where Tate muffed the catch. Somehow he recovered it to avoid disaster.
Buffalo was leading 16-10 at the time.