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The night before they played Kansas City, the Buffalo Bills got together in the team hotel for a players-only meeting and hashed out some of the things that have been going wrong during their season-crushing four-game losing streak.

"We had a meeting (Saturday) night, just the players, and everybody took a look at each other and we decided what we wanted to do," said wide receiver Josh Reed. "We felt like we let a few slip away from us and we needed to make a decision on whether we wanted to keep playing or just lay down. With the competitors we have on this team, we're not going to do that."

The Bills did not lay down. Fifty-four points, second most in franchise history, was clear proof of that. However, the question that remains prevalent is what are we to make of this Buffalo team?

Yes, they dismantled the Chiefs, but it was the Chiefs, one of the worst teams in the league, and those 54 points came against a defense that was yielding more than 400 yards per game and ranked 29th in points allowed.

Plus, the Bills benefited from Kansas City's offensive generosity as the Chiefs turned it over four times, which led directly to 20 Buffalo points.

The Bills ended their losing streak at four, improved to 6-5, and seemingly stoked quarterback Trent Edwards' sagging confidence, but where are they in relation to the playoff race? Not a whole lot better than they were before the game.

The Bills are tied for last in the AFC East with Miami at 6-5, but reside in the fourth position because they dropped a game to the Dolphins in October. They are two games behind the Jets and one behind the Patriots, and they also have losses on their ledger to both of those teams.

San Francisco, another weakling, is up next for the Bills and then Buffalo faces a December that includes three rematches in the division and a road game at Denver.

"It's a big win, but we still have work to do," said running back Fred Jackson.

Especially on defense. The Bills offense took advantage of Kansas City's obvious weaknesses to ring up 444 yards and 27 first downs. Edwards looked like the player he was in September rather than the one he's been in October and November as he completed 24 of 32 passes for 273 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. The running game was productive, receivers were getting open, and even the offensive line was sharp.

"We were clicking on all cylinders," said Jackson, who rushed for 56 yards while his backfield mate, Marshawn Lynch, had 79. "Trent was able to complete some balls downfield and we were able to move the ball on the ground."

However, it wasn't exactly a great day for the Buffalo defense. Yes, the Bills forced four turnovers -- the Chiefs actually had five giveaways but one came on the final play of the first half on a kickoff -- but they also gave up 31 points and 462 yards.

There were missed tackles and some poor coverage in the banged-up secondary, and that kind of play is not going to work down the stretch when the competition gets a whole lot stiffer.

Still, for one week, the Bills are smiling again.

"It's a great lift, we definitely needed it," said linebacker Kawika Mitchell. "That was a good showing and we're happy about it."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "That's the first step, we needed to get this momentum switched around and get a win and it felt good to put up a lot of points like that. We were 5-5 and we've got to stay in the race. We're at the bottom (of the AFC East) coming in and we had to get this or (the playoffs) pretty much might not happen." -- C Duke Preston, on ending the four-game losing streak.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2 -- Rushing touchdowns scored by Trent Edwards against the Chiefs, making him the first Bills QB to score twice on the ground in one game since Jack Kemp did it in 1966.


--CB Leodis McKelvin made the first two interceptions of his NFL career and returned one of them 64 yards for his first defensive touchdown.

--WR Lee Evans went 16 straight possessions without catching a pass before finally making five catches for 110 yards against the Chiefs.

--DT Marcus Stroud recovered a fumble and batted down a pass and was in on three tackles.

--WR Josh Reed made his return to the lineup after missing 3 1/2 games and he caught five passes for 50 yards and a TD.

--QB Trent Edwards rebounded from a terrible four-week stretch to post the best single-game passer rating of his career, a 121.0, as he completed 24 of 32 passes for 273 yards with two TDs and no picks.

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