On Sunday night, the Chiefs defense shined. They proved that last weeks fourth quarter collapse in Oakland was a fluke. The defense owned the Raiders until they went into their prevent defense and this week with a big lead, the Chiefs attacked and pummeled the Bills. Drew Bledsoe was held to only 153 yards passing and threw three interceptions.
The game started on a sour note as the Bills blocked a punt that led to a safety. But the Chiefs came right back. Trent Green found Dante Hall on a 67-yard touchdown by implementing a no-huddle offense. Hall split the safeties and was off the races. That gave the Chiefs a 7-2 lead and they never looked back.
In their next possession the Chiefs continued the no-huddle wrinkle that had the Bills defense reeling. They were unable to bring in replacements and the Chiefs scored on their next two possessions.
Priest Holmes looked like the running back that terrorized the NFL last year. He scored from 4-yards and 13-yards to give the Chiefs a 21-2 lead. Holmes showed on both of his first half scoring runs that he has returned to form. On his first touchdown run, he ran behind Tony Richardson on a perfectly executed trap play. On the second run, Jason Dunn threw a huge block sealing the inside that allowed Holmes to bounce outside and sprint to the corner of the end zone.
The Bills tried to comeback and on the ensuing drive they moved the ball inside the Chiefs five yard line. They had the ball first and goal but the Chiefs defense stiffened and they were forced to kick 20-yard field goal to make the score 21-5.
With less than five minutes to go in the half, the Chiefs offense went back to work. Hall made another key catch that helped the Chiefs get back into Buffalo territory. Kansas City moved the ball at will and found themselves inside the Bills seven yard line. Green tried to find Marc Boerigter in the corner of the end zone but the Bills were called for pass interference and the Chiefs had first and goal with .13 seconds left in the half.
The Chiefs lined up in a pro set and Green faked the hand off and threw a beautiful pass to Tony Gonzalez for a 28-5 halftime lead.
The second half the Chiefs offense sputtered in the third quarter. The Bills adjusted and found life after Green missed a wide open Johnnie Morton that would have been a sure touchdown.
But despite the offense woes, the defense was just getting started. Kansas City held the Bills out of the end zone. Eric Warfield had his best game as a Chief. For the first time this season he had multiple interceptions but his ability to blitz from the cornerback position was key to their game plan as the team recorded two sacks on the night.
But Warfield made the play of the game in the fourth quarter. With the Chiefs still leading 28-5, he sacked Bledsoe and caused a fumble. The Chiefs recovered at the 15-yard line and struck quickly.
Holmes ran to his right but the Bills wer closing in on him. However, Holmes reversed his field and sprinted the opposite direction. It appeared that he would run out of room but Trent Green leveled the Bills cornerback that sprung Holmes into the end zone.
The Chiefs added a 49-yard field goal after another interception from Morten Andersen and the game was won.
Kansas City now has a three game lead in the AFC West after the Denver Broncos lost on the road in Baltimore 26-6. The Chiefs will have a bye week before they return to Arrowhead in two weeks to play the once again floundering Cleveland Browns.
The Chiefs with their eight wins equaled the total number of wins from last year. Priest Holmes moved into second place with 41 rushing touchdowns as a Chief.
And once again, I'll say this on record. The 1972 Miami Dolphins are going to have to keep that Champagne on ice for at least another four weeks. The Chiefs after the Browns play the Bengals, Raiders and Chargers. They could be 12-0 going into their AFC West showdown with the Broncos.