The Bills have come unglued in every phase, especially on the road where they have now been outscored 85-15 in their last three games away from Ralph Wilson Stadium - at Miami, at the Jets and at Kansas City.
"That's embarrassing," defensive tackle Sam Adams said of the performance in Kansas City. "If you don't execute, you don't play your proper techniques, you can get blown out like we did. We got our butts whipped, plain and simple. You can't win giving up 38 points, and you can't win scoring five."
What was so disturbing for the Bills is the way the defense folded against the Chiefs. This was supposed to be the area that general manager Tom Donahoe had shored up through seemingly excellent work in the free agent market. So much was expected of Adams, linebackers Takeo Spikes and Jeff Posey, and safety Lawyer Milloy. Given the loss of wide receiver Peerless Price on offense, the Bills were supposed to be a team that would win games on defense this season, but it hasn't happened.
The first two games the defense played well, but it didn't need to because the offense put up 68 points in wins over New England and Jacksonville. In the 17-7 loss to Miami, the defense played pretty well, but that was the first opportunity to win a game where the offense was struggling, and it failed.
Ditto for the loss to Philadelphia. The win over Cincinnati was a shared effort, and a rather lackluster one at that, and then came two defensive meltdowns in a 30-3 loss to the Jets and this latest 38-5 debacle against the Chiefs. The only truly solid defensive performance that came in a game that was reasonably close was in the 24-7 win over Washington. Still, that one had warts because the Redskins are inept right now with quarterback Patrick Ramsey trying to play behind a bad offensive line with no running game support.
"We didn't make enough critical plays, and they made some big plays that put us on our heels," said beleaguered and job-endangered coach Gregg Williams. "We gave up big plays, that's the frustrating thing."
NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES:
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We knew they were a wide open offense. They lived and died on big plays and unfortunately, we didn't stop anything." -- Cornerback Antoine Winfield on the poor defensive performance.