Buffalo Bills: 5 initial takeaways from 27-24 loss vs. Chiefs

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5.) Bills’ defense failed to force a punt in the first half

When you are facing an offense like the Kansas City Chiefs, led by Patrick Mahomes, it is always a tough task to get them off the field and force them to punt the ball away. However, the Bills’ defense failed to get the Chiefs’ offense off the field out of field goal range in the first half.

Kansas City managed to kick back-to-back field goals on their first two offensive drives, and then capitalize with a Mahomes-to-Travis Kelce touchdown that put the Chiefs up 13-10 in the second quarter. The Chiefs would then kneel down the ball to end the second half after the Bills got their second touchdown of the half. As a matter of fact, the Bills would not force the Chiefs to punt until the middle of the fourth quarter.

Buffalo’s defense has been facing multiple injuries in the last few games and it showed in the first half. They were letting the Chiefs’ wideouts get wide open to move the chains and the Kelce touchdown grab there was no one near him after Kelce broke free from the coverage by safety Jordan Poyer.