Monday Bills Musings: Fumbling Away a Win

Two costly fumbles led to a 17-13 loss for the Buffalo Bills. One fumble occurred just yards away from Bryce Brown extending Buffalo's lead to 14 points. Leodis McKelvin's fumble gave the Chiefs the ball in Bills territory and led to their game-winning touchdown.

Buffalo’s Errors Lead to Loss

For the second consecutive year, the Buffalo Bills led the Kansas City Chiefs 10-3 at halftime. For the second consecutive year, they lost. Buffalo started with the ball and marched down the field on the Chiefs. It was déjà vu for Bills fans. The same thing occurred last season.

In 2013, Jeff Tuel was starting at QB and he threw a pick-six that changed all momentum in the game. On Sunday, Bryce Brown looked destined to be the first running back to score a rushing touchdown on the Chiefs. Instead, he was stripped of the ball as he approached the end zone. The ball bounced into the end zone and tight end Scott Chandler had a chance to pick it up. Instead, it bounced out of his hands and out of the end zone. Touchback. It wasn’t as bad as the pick-six by any means, but it kept the Chiefs in the game.

Still clinging to a three point lead, the Bills forced the Chiefs to punt to Leodis McKelvin. The cornerback caught the punt and proceeded to fumble the ball. A few plays later, the Chiefs scored and took the lead. That touchdown ended up being the final score of the game.

Two costly fumbles cost the Bills the game on Sunday.

Run the Ball!

Kyle Orton has been a very good quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, but he shouldn’t be throwing the ball 48 times in a close game. Buffalo could have and should have run a more balanced offense.

In previous weeks, the Bills have struggled to run. If that had been the case today, the heavy passing offense would have made sense. Anthony Dixon had 62 yards on nine carries (6.89 YPC) and Bryce Brown added 35 yards on seven carries (5 YPC). Yes, Brown had the costly fumble mentioned above, but he looked elusive at times. Anthony Dixon ran the ball inside well and took a few carries outside with success. Ninety-seven yards on 16 carries is nothing to sneeze at. The Bills had success on the ground but didn’t run the ball consistently. Who knows how the game would have ended if Buffalo was more balanced on offense.

Random Musings

-Mike Williams was once again a healthy scratch for the Bills. Chris Hogan has produced as Buffalo’s third wide receiver, but the team should consider keeping Williams active for Thursday’s game. Sammy Watkins wasn’t at 100 percent today and Marquise Goodwin found himself injured again. Robert Woods looked healthy, but he was also returning from injury. With the battered wide receiver corps, Williams needs to be active.

-Buffalo’s starting defensive line was once again dominant. Marcell Dareus added three sacks, Jerry Hughes had two more and Mario Williams also had one. All six sacks went to Buffalo’s defensive line. Jarius Wynn also added a fumble recovery before leaving the game with what seemed to be a serious knee injury. Buffalo’s line has kept the team in many games this season and will have a chance to do so on Thursday against the Miami Dolphins. Miami just lost left Branden Albert for the season, so Jerry Hughes is licking his chops somewhere.

-One player who had a game to forget? Manny Lawson. The reserve defensive end was responsible for both touchdowns on Sunday as he failed to contain the edge on Jamaal Charles’ touchdown run and Alex Smith’s touchdown run. Doug Marrone and Jim Schwartz both need to get Lawson to understand his role.

-Leodis McKelvin guaranteed a win over the Dolphins after Buffalo’s loss on Sunday. McKelvin’s costly fumble led to Buffalo losing their lead, so he best be ready to back up his words on Thursday Night Football.


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