Week 10 Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs 3, Buffalo Bills 14
What you need to know
The Chiefs fell to 2-3 on the road this year despite holding the ball for almost 35 minutes and gaining over 100 yards more than the Bills.
Trent Green threw three interceptions and lost a fumble while failing to throw any touchdown passes. That was partly due to the swirling wind, but mainly because of good defense from the Bills and poor execution from Green. Tony Gonzalez was Green’s favorite target, ending with eight catches for 81 yards.
The running game was effective against the Bills’ weak rush defense, especially in the first half, but the Chiefs could not score on the ground either. Larry Johnson had a big day, with 176 total yards, gaining 100 rushing yards in the first half.
The Chiefs lost the game by giving up two big plays in the passing game, both resulting in scores for Lee Evans. Special teams failed to contribute very much with Dante Hall being contained in the return game and Lawrence Tynes missing two of three field goal attempts.
DE Eric Hicks and DL Lional Dalton were ejected late in the fourth quarter for being involved in a brawl with Chris Villarrial of the Bills.
DT Sam Adams was inactive for the Bills with a knee injury and several other players were hurt during the game. QB Kelly Holcomb left the game after suffering a concussion late in the second quarter. Shaud Williams injured his leg with under four minutes remaining in the third quarter. Willis McGahee injured his left hand and missed time while he was x-rayed, but he returned to the game. FS Troy Vincent suffered a shoulder injury and did not return. Chris Villarrial was ejected after brawling with Hicks and Dalton of the Chiefs.
The Bills shuffled their offensive line with RT Mike Williams moving to LG and Jason Peters starting at RT. Williams gave way to Bennie Anderson early in the game, probably due to his inexperience at the new position.
QB Kelly Holcomb started badly in this game and left the game with a concussion early in the second quarter. J.P. Losman made his first appearance since week four and looked much better than in his earlier games, throwing two touchdown passes to Lee Evans.
The Bills did not have much success running the ball. McGahee was held to 66 yards on 20 carries, and he missed time with a hand injury before returning to the game.
The defense generated four turnovers but the Bills were only able to score twice. Rian Lindell missed two short field goals in the windy conditions.
What you ought to know
|QB Trent Green, Pass: 23 - 40 - 220 - 0 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 1 - 4 - 0|
Green had a streak of over 150 passes without an interception heading into the game, but he threw three picks against the Bills’ defense. Throwing under considerable pressure from the pass rush, Green’s favorite target was TE Tony Gonzalez. Green had time on occasion and found Eddie Kennison for a 20 yard gain on the Chiefs’ second drive, but he lingered too often and was sacked six times on the day.
|RB Larry Johnson, Rush: 27 - 132 - 0, Rec: 5 - 46 - 0 (7 targets)|
The Chiefs exploited the weak rush defense of the Bills early in the game. Johnson had 100 yards on the ground in the first half and was stopped by last man Terrence McGee after a 24 yard run on the Chiefs’ third drive. Johnson made tacklers miss on many occasions and looked like he might have an even bigger game until being contained when the Bills established an 11 point lead in the second half. Johnson was effective as a receiver, catching five of his seven targets for 46 yards.
Richardson was used briefly to spell Johnson.
Kennison had a 20 yard gain on the Chiefs’ third drive but ended the day with just four catches for 41 yards from his ten targets. Kennison was the intended target on two of Green’s interceptions.
|WR Dante Hall, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0, Rec: 2 - 19 - 0 (3 targets)|
Hall caught two of his three targets, including a gain of 13 yards for a first down. He was used on a reverse early in the game but lost a yard on the play. Hall was unable to break any big returns and was well covered by the special teams of the Bills throughout the game. Hall was targeted on one of Green’s interceptions.
Boerigter caught both of his targets, including one for a first down.
Horn was not much of a factor in the game, catching two of his six targets. He dropped an easy pass when wide open as one drive ended in a missed field goal attempt.
Gonzalez was effective despite being in double coverage for most of the day. He was Green’s favorite target, ending with eight catches for 81 yards on 12 targets. He had one bad drop but was effective at gaining first downs and moving the chains for the Chiefs.
Tynes connected from 35 yards for the opening score of the game, but the swirling wind made things difficult and he missed from 44 and 43 yards later in the game.
The Chiefs held Willis McGahee to 66 yards and the Bills only averaged 2.2 yards per carry. Sammy Knight forced McGahee to fumble late in the game and Jimmy Wilkerson recovered for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs began the game strongly against the pass, batting down two passes from Holcomb and generating pressure. Jared Allen sacked Holcomb early in the second quarter, and Carlos Hall recovered. Holcomb left the game with a concussion and J.P. Losman finished the game for the Bills. Allen sacked Losman once but the Bills were more successful with Losman in the game. The Chiefs’ pass defense was burned twice by long touchdown passes to Lee Evans, and it ended up being the difference in the game.
|QB J.P. Losman, Pass: 9 - 16 - 137 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 3 - 0|
Losman entered the game with just under five minutes remaining in the first half; his first action since Week 4. His extra mobility bought him more time than Holcomb enjoyed, and he evaded the pass rush well. Losman had success on his first series and looked better than in his early starts. He threw a pass on first and nineteen that was caught out of bounds by Josh Reed, and then hit Reed on the next play for 28 yards. He ended the drive with a 33 yard touchdown pass to Lee Evans. Three of his incomplete passes were dropped by the receivers but he found Evans for a second touchdown on a 29 yard pass which was caught in the back of the end zone. Losman scrambled six yards for a first down, diving head first to keep one drive alive. This was a more confident performance and he may have earned himself the starting job even if Holcomb recovers in time from his concussion.
|QB Kelly Holcomb, Pass: 4 - 6 - 25 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - -7 - 0|
Holcomb began the game slowly. He had two passes batted down at the line of scrimmage and fumbled away possession after being sacked by Jared Allen when the Bills went for it on fourth and inches. The hit resulted in a concussion serious enough to knock him out of the game and he ended with four completions for 25 yards.
McGahee did not have a great day. He injured his left hand in the first half and had to return to the locker room for x-rays before returning to the game. He gained 66 yards on 20 carries but 13 yards was his longest run of the day. He fumbled away possession in the closing minutes as the Bills were running out the clock.
Williams was used sparingly to spell McGahee and left the game with just under four minutes left in the third quarter after injuring his leg.
Moulds was the Bills’ most targeted receiver, but he ended the game with five catches for just 26 yards. Moulds was overthrown on one pass and dropped the other two incompletions. One was due to taking a big hit as he was about to make the catch.
Lee Evans still hasn’t caught more than three passes in any game this year, but two of his three catches went for touchdowns in this game. Evans made the most of his targets, stopping his route and outjumping a defender for a 33 yard touchdown, and then catching a 29 yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone.
Reed only made one catch in the game, but it was an important one. He converted on second and nineteen after making a 28 yard reception and kept alive the Bills’ first scoring drive. He caught a pass out of bounds on the previous play and later dropped a catchable pass.
The Bills have struggled to involve their tight ends this season, but this was a good game from Campbell. He caught four of five targets including a 23 yard gain for one first down, and an 11 yard gain for another. His one drop would also have been a first down.
Lindell made his two extra point attempts but missed on two field goal tries. The first hit the upright from 28 yards, and then he was wide from 31 yards. The swirling wind may have been a contributing factor.
The Chiefs were able to run the ball effectively in the first half, with Larry Johnson gaining 100 yards by half time. The Bills tightened up in the second half but still allowed 150 net rushing yards at 4.7 yards per carry. London Fletcher had 13 solo tackles and seven assists, while Angelo Crowell registered ten solos and six assists.
The Bills were able to generate a lot of pressure and Trent Green was never comfortable. The defense had six sacks on the day. Aaron Schobel had two, while London Fletcher, Angelo Crowell, Justin Bannan and Ryan Denney each had one. Crowell also had an interception to cap a big day. Terrence McGee and Rashad Baker also had picks. The Chiefs had only given up 17 sacks and three interceptions going into the game. The defense gave up more yards than the Chiefs, but came up with big plays when it mattered. Fletcher’s sack caused a fumble that was recovered by Jeff Posey and returned 46 yards to the Chiefs’ 12 yard line.