Bills Reserves Defeat Chiefs 14-3

On Sunday afternoon in Buffalo the Kansas City Chiefs offense tried to shake off their rust early in games. After a pair of series where defense from both sides dominated, the high octane West Coast offense tried to hit a groove. But it never could on Sunday afternoon as Bills back-up quarterback P.J. Losman made two plays and those were more than enough to beat the Chiefs 14-3.

This was supposed to be a cakewalk game for the Kansas City Chiefs. They had better talent on both sides of the ball but they were outplayed and out coached in what is becoming perfectly clear each week that the Chiefs offense once a Ferrari is nothing more than a Hybrid. That's a bad sign as the Chiefs playoff and division hopes were dealt a serious blow thanks to their inept loss in Buffalo.

The game started with each team trading possessions to open the game. After the defense which showed heart all day long stopped the Bills offense it was Kansas City's turn. After a 20-yard pass completion from Trent Green to Eddie Kennison, Larry Johnson ripped off a 24-yard gain down to the 19-yard line. But the drive stalled after three lackluster offensive plays, Chiefs kicker Lawrence Tynes nailed a 35-yard field goal giving the Chiefs a 3-0 lead with 1:17 left in the first quarter.

Then the game took a bizarre turn. With Buffalo needing less than a yard near midfield, the Bills went for it on fourth down. Bills quarterback Kelly Holcombe tried to trick the Chiefs by faking a run. On the play Sammy Knight didn't by the fake and covered Willis McGahee in the flat. That allowed linebacker Rich Scanlon to record his first career NFL sack.

That set up the Chiefs with their first drive of the second half but they wasted the opportunity as the outside of the offensive line could not prevent the Bills pass rush. In the first quarter they nearly knocked the ball out of Green's hands but on this play they did.

With the pocket crumbling Bills linebacker London Fletcher knocked the ball loose and outside linebacker James Posey rumbled down to the Chiefs 12-yard line. On the play Larry Johnson saved a touchdown. It turned out to be a huge play as the Chiefs defense forced a turnover of their own three plays later. On an all out blitz Holcombe was nailed in the backfield by Jared Allen and the ball came loose. Defensive as defensive end Carlos Hall pounded on the ball at the fifteen yard line.

On the next offensive drive, the Chiefs went back to the run this time featuring the run. Both Larry Johnson and Tony Richardson picked up first downs. But facing a critical third and three, Green hit Marc Boerigter for a short gain but it was enough for a first down.

However, the Chiefs were faced with another third down this time needing seven yards but Chris Horn dropped a pass with nobody around him. It was costly as Tynes missed a 44-yard field goal into the wind. With the defense playing strong, the offense once again let the team down.

Buffalo took over on downs with a new quarterback on the field. Second year man J.P. Losman took over for Holcombe who never returned to the game. Also missing for the first play of the drive was McGahee but after x-rays on his injured hand were negative, he returned to the game. This time the defense allowed a 28-yard gain as Losman hit Jake Reed across the middle.

That set up the Bills in Chiefs territory at the 47-yard line. After Losman got away with intentional grounding, they faced a third down and six with 2:29 left in the half. But the Chiefs were called for off sides when Derrick Johnson shot across the line. That set up a third and one. This time McGahee made them pay picking up a first down at the 2:00 minute warning.

But on the next play Losman hit Lee Evans for a touchdown. Eric Warfield was burned on the under thrown ball and he could not recover in time as Buffalo took a 7-3 lead with 1:53 left in the quick paced first half.

But the offensive line this time right tackle John Welbourn allowed his man to waltz past him as Green sacked for the third time in the game setting up a third and sixteen. Knowing they'd have to pass Buffalo linebacker Angelo Crowell intercepted an errant pass and Buffalo took over at the 16-yard line.

Losman with: 29 seconds left in the half faced a critical third down. But Kawika Mitchell knocked down the pass that if he'd have hung on to it, would have had clear sailing into the end zone. But the gods were on the Chiefs side as Bills place kicker Rian Lindell missed a chip shot and the Bills were held scoreless ending the half.

As the teams headed to the licker room, Chiefs guard Brian Waters got into the face of linebacker London Fletcher who put a cheap shot on Kansas City quarterback Trent Green after the interception. Maybe that will fire up the Chiefs offense in the second half.

But they'd have to feed of their defense who quickly forced the Bills into a third and long in the first possession of the second half. They did just that as Sammy Knight knocked a ball out of Josh Reeds hand and Wichita, Kansas native Brian Moorman nailed his fourth punt of the afternoon pinning the Chiefs down to the nine-yard line.

However, the offense couldn't capitalize as Green threw his second interception of the game this time in the waiting hands of cornerback Rashad Baker setting up the Bills at the Chiefs 27-yard line. On the play Dante Hall ran the wrong route and it was an easy interception for the Bills cornerback.

After two short plays, Losman hit Evans again this time from 29-yards out. Once again he beat cornerback Eric Warfield in the back of the end zone and Greg Wesley was very late coming over. That put the Bills up 14-3 with 8:16 left in the third quarter.

With the game on the verge of a blowout and a winnable road game slipping through their grasps the Chiefs offense will have to wake up. With momentum clearly on the side of the Bills, Hall nearly turned the ball over on the ensuing kick-off.

Knowing they'd have to abandon their very successful running game, the Chiefs started the drive with a short pass to Kennison and a Johnson run produced a first down. But two poor plays later the Chiefs faced another long third down attempt. But Green threw a short pass to Chris Horn who didn't have the hindsight to move closer to the ball and it was knocked out of his hands. That set up another punt by Colquitt who pinned the Bills back at their own nine yard line with 5:15 left in the third quarter.

But with a steam of confidence Losman moved the pocket and hit tight end Johnson for a 22 yard gain. The defense stiffened somewhat and forced the Bills into a short down conversion. It was do or die for the defense on this play as Jared Allen sacked Losman for a seven yard loss.

The Chiefs took over on the 18-yard line and once again the offense tried to get back into any kind of rhythm as they started their 10th possession of the game. Green, who has been accustomed to slow starts, had to start making plays. He led the Chiefs to a trio of quick first downs as the team moved into Bills territory to end the third quarter.

The fourth quarter would determine if the Chiefs have what it takes to comeback on the Bills like they did a week ago against the Oakland Raiders. Green faced a third and seven at the 40-yard line that could determine just that feat. This time he found Chris Horn for an eight yard pass that gave them their fourth consecutive first down on the drive.

After a short gain by Johnson the Chiefs were forced to burn a critical timeout as back up running back Dee Brown was out of position so Green had to stop the clock to avoid a penalty with 13:40 left in the final quarter.

On second down, Green hit Gonzalez for a short gain setting up a third and three from the 35-yard line. But this time he failed as Dick Vermeil chose to kick another field goal and it backfired as Tynes missed his second straight kick this time from 43-yards out. It seems like the coaching staff has reverted to its old ways as the Bills took over with 13:12 left in the fourth quarter. Their lack of creativity and unwillingness to be aggressive cost them once again.

Could the defense hold the Bills again? After two short runs by McGahee, the Bills faced a third and six with just twelve minutes left in the fourth quarter. They did just that as Derrick Johnson knocked the ball out of the Campbells outstretched arms.

But Moorman nailed another punt pinning the Chiefs down to the 10-yard line. This time Green did the unthinkable by throwing his third interception of the game. Once again the offensive pass protection broke down and Green's arm was hit as he threw the ball and cornerback Terrence McGee ran the ball down to the Chiefs 30-yard line. After two short gains, Losman ran for a first down as the clock hit the eight minute mark as Kansas City's chances to win this game slipped with each tick.

Once again the defense was asked to make plays. After a short one yard run by McGahee, incompletion and short pass to Moulds, Lindell came on and missed another short field goal giving the Chiefs a glimmer of hope.

That put the ball back in the Chiefs offense and Green found Gonzalez for 13 yards moving to the 34-yard line with six minutes left in the fourth quarter. After misfiring on a pass attempt to Chris Horn, Johnson ran nine yards forcing a third and one. Green hit Gonzalez again for another first down at midfield. But that's when it all fell apart for the Chiefs offense

After a pair of penalties and a Boerigter eight yard reception, the Chiefs faced a third and two at the 36-yard line. Johnson gained seven yards down to the 30-yard line. But a penalty by Gonzalez, a ten yard sack and John Welbourn penalty the Chiefs faced a second and thirty from midfield. On the next play Black was schooled by Aaron Schobel and Kansas City was forced to burn its final timeout of the second half.

With no hope, Green faced a third and 39 yard. Johnson ran for 13 yards setting up a fourth and long. This time Green threw a pass to the smallest man on the field Dante Hall at the goal line and the Chiefs turned the ball over on downs; thus eliminating any chance for victory.

Though the Chiefs would get one more crack on offense after McGahee fumbled trying to run out the clock, Green was unable to even get a single first down misfiring on four pass attempts. So with 1:26 left in the game, this time the Bills ran out the clock and the Chiefs lost another game to an AFC counterpart.

The lack of execution, focus, turnovers and horrific coaching put the Chiefs back in the pack in the AFC and into third place in the division. The Broncos won again in Oakland while San Diego had the week off. Next week Kansas City travels to Houston for a Sunday Night contest to play the Texans who lost for the second time this season to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday 31-17.

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