Bills Stink Less Than Chiefs In 16-10 Win

Posted on December 13, 2009 by Patrick Moran

In the history of professional football broadcasting, CBS analyst Steve Beurlein can now be renowned for having one of the grossest misstatements you’ll ever hear.  During the second half of the Buffalo, Kansas City game he said “If you didn’t already know coming in these were 3-9 (Chiefs) and 4-8 (Bills) teams playing, you would never know it now.”

After questioning his sanity, you must wonder what game he was watching. In a contest plagued with turnovers (seven total), sacks, untimely penalties, crucial drops, missed opportunities, poor play calling and even worse execution, the Buffalo Bills managed to hold on for a 16-10 victory.

At 5-8, the Bills’ magical march towards a fourth straight 7-9 season is back in play.

“I don’t see any ugly in victory,” Bills interim head coach Perry Fewell said.  “All victories are pretty to me.”

Terrell Owens caught a nine yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, and Rian Lindell tacked on three field goals to account for Buffalo’s points.

Jamal Charles scored for Kansas City’s only touchdown, a 76 yarder in the third quarter.

In the battle of quarterbacks, Ryan Fitzpatrick was dreadful.  He completed 12-of-20 passes but only threw for 86 yards.  He also lost fumble, tossed an interception and were it not for butter fingers by the Chiefs defense could’ve had a handful more.

Unfortunately for the lowly Chiefs, Matt Cassell was even worse. He completed 26-of-43 for 224 yards but more critically threw four interceptions.  To compound his bad day, he missed two long passes to Mark Bradley that would’ve gone for touchdowns after he got past Terrence McGee.

To emphasize how inopportune the Chiefs offense was, they ran 31 plays in Buffalo territory in the first half alone and came away with merely three points.

The trademark for the Bills all season has been getting shredded on the ground.  They came into the game dead last in the league, allowing 172 yards per contest.  But on this day Buffalo put the onus on its own running game and it worked.  Fred Jackson ran for 99 yards on 20 carries, while Marshawn Lynch added 84 on 12 touches. As a team the Bills ran for a season-high 200 yards.

On the Bills’ second drive, Fitzpatrick fumbled after being sacked by Mike Vrabel, who beat Kirk Chambers, and the Chiefs recovered at the Bills nine yard line. But the o defense held when a fourth and goal from the one Cassell roll out was snuffed by Aaron Schobel for a seven yard sack, his eighth of the season.

Buffalo immediately took advantage. Lynch’s season-best 47 yard run was the highlight of an eight play, 92-yard drive that culminated in a nine yard Fitzpatrick touchdown pass to Owens for 7-0 lead.

Owens was held to two catches for 15 yards but made the most of his first catch.  His touchdown was the 146th of his career, moving him to fourth place on the NFL’s all-time list.

The Chiefs cut it to 7-3 at 4:39 of the second quarter when a 74-yard drive concluded with a 21-yard field goal by Ryan Succop.

After a Lindell 41 yarder made it 10-3 with 1:10 left in the first half, the Chiefs tried to answer late and got the ball in Buffalo territory late, but Spencer Johnson’s sack ruined a chance for a score.

Lindell made it 13-3 with 3:10 left in the third on a 24 yard chip shot after Fitzpatrick couldn’t connect with Josh Reed in the end zone.

It didn’t take long for the Chiefs to make it a three point game.  Jamal Charles took a handoff on Kansas City’s first play following the field goal, went up the middle put a move on Donte Whitner en route to racing 76 yards for a touchdown. It cut the Bills lead to 13-10.

Charles finished with a game-high 143 yards on 20 carries, the ninth time this season the Bills have allowed a rusher to go over the century mark.

Early in the fourth quarter Paul Posluszny intercepted a pass Cassell tried to force to Chris Chambers. It led to a Lindell 36 yarder with 8:01 left and a 16-10 lead.

Posluszny had nine tackles to go with the pick.

“Reggie Corner did a great job of making a break on the ball and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.”  Posluszny said.

The Chiefs drove down the Buffalo 21 in the final four minutes before disaster struck. On third and 10 Cassell threaded a perfect pass in the seam to Chambers, who dropped the ball on the three yard line.

“Sometimes you got to have a little luck,” Fewell said.  “We had a little luck today.”

Then on fourth down, a tipped pass ended up in the hands of Jairus Byrd for his ninth interception to set a franchise rookie record.

“I believe we have one of the top secondary’s in the league, Byrd said. “We just compete in practice and everything we do.”

Kansas City got the ball back one more time with one minute left on their own 27, but eventually George Wilson intercepted a Hail Mary pass in the end zone to finally preserve the win.

While the offense was typically ugly, the defense deserves a good deal of credit.  Besides the four interceptions they also forced five sacks and pressured Cassell into bad decisions most of the day.

The defense now has 25 interceptions this season, most in the NFL.

Kansas City put up 152 rushing yards, but exactly half of that came on the long Charles run.

Special teams were also a positive difference.  Brian Moorman made yet another case for the Pro Bowl with a key 73 yard punt, while rookie Ashlee Palmer had a pair of highlight reel tackles in kick coverage. Lindell made three of four field goals while Jackson averaged 30 yards on three kick returns.

Buffalo is now 2-2 since Fewell has taken over for Dick Jauron.  With a divisional game coming at home next week against a New England team they haven’t beaten in 12 tries, a win could go a long way towards Fewell stating a case to make his interim position permanent.

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2 Comments on Bills Stink Less Than Chiefs In 16-10 Win

  1. bvllets

    I couldn’t bring myself to watch the game. Sounds like I made the right choice.

    Awesome title for this article btw.

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