NFL Game Summary - Kansas City at Buffalo|
(Sunday, September 16th)
Final Score: Buffalo 35, Kansas City 17
Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - C.J. Spiller found the end zone twice and
Buffalo rebounded from a tough season-opener with a 35-17 defeat of Kansas
Buffalo (1-1) was lit up for 48 points and 384 total yards by the Jets last
week in a season-opening loss, but the defense was much better this Sunday as
the unit totaled five sacks and two fumble recoveries before allowing a pair
of fourth quarter touchdowns in the win.
Spiller, who had 169 yards and a score last week, finished this game with 123
yards on 15 carries along with three catches for 47 yards. Ryan Fitzpatrick
went 10-for-19 for 178 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
"We'd rather be a physical run team that throws it when they have to or on
surprise situations so we'll continue to work on that," said Buffalo head
coach Chan Gailey. "Last week everyone was kicking dirt on us and this week
they'll be putting us on a pedestal. Neither one of those are true. You have
to work hard every week in this league and next week we'll be back at it."
Matt Cassel was 23-for-42 for 301 yards with two scores, one interception and
one fumble for the Chiefs (0-2), who have given up 75 points in their first
two games this season. Dwayne Bowe had eight catches for 102 yards and two
"Another disappointing loss today," said Kansas City head coach Romeo Crennel.
"We didn't play well in any phase of the game, didn't coach well enough.
Buffalo did a really good job of those things and you have to give them
On their second possession of the game, the Bills found the end zone. Starting
at its own 16, Buffalo turned to Spiller as he had carries for five and seven
yards before a catch-and-run saw him go 19 yards to get the ball near
midfield. Several plays later with the ball at the KC 17, Spiller took a draw
play inside the left tackle and went into the end zone for a 7-0 lead with
2:01 left in the first.
After another three-and-out from the Chiefs, Buffalo got the ball back at its
own 33. It was Spiller again leading the way as his 38-yard run up the middle
set up his 5-yard touchdown run, which saw him take a pitch out to the left
and scamper in for his third touchdown of the season and a 14-0 lead with
12:29 to play in the half.
Following an exchange of punts, Cassel fumbled as he was sacked and the Bills
recovered at the Chiefs 43. A Spiller 27-yard catch got the ball to the 2-yard
line and, following an 8-yard loss, Fitzpatrick hit Scott Chandler in the back
of the end zone for a 21-0 lead with 3:29 to play in the half.
The Chiefs appeared poised to put some points on the board as the team faced a
1st-and-goal at the Buffalo 1 with a drive that started at their own 17.
However, Peyton Hillis fumbled a carry up the middle and Buffalo recovered in
the end zone to keep the Chiefs off the board heading into the locker room.
Kansas City got on the board on its second drive of the third quarter on a
Ryan Succop 33-yard field goal with 7 1/2 minutes to play and it was a 21-3
game, but it was all downhill for the Chiefs from there.
On the fourth play of its ensuing touch, Buffalo found the end zone as
Fitzpatrick hit Stevie Johnson near the 40 and he cut through the middle on
his way to a 49-yard score and a 28-3 lead.
Kansas City had to punt after just one set of downs and Leodis McKelvin took
it back 88 yards for a score and a 35-3 lead.
Bowe caught scores of 33 and two yards in the latter stages of the fourth
quarter to account for the final margin.
Hillis finished the game with 11 carries for 66 yards ... Johnson had two
catches for 56 yards along with the score ... The Chiefs outgained the Bills,
422-379 ... Buffalo has won five of the last six games against Kansas City ...
Buffalo plays in Cleveland next Sunday ... The Chiefs play in New Orleans next
09/16 19:01:42 ET