Turnovers Make Life Easy On Bills

When the team with the second most takeaways in the NFL (the Chiefs), meets the team with the second most giveaways in the NFL (the Bills), turnovers are more than likely going to decide the outcome of the contest.

The problem for the Chiefs Sunday was they were the ones committing the fatal turnovers (five in total), not the Bills, who didn't turn the ball over once, resulting in an embarrassing 54-31 loss.

Tyler Thigpen floated back down to Earth in Sunday's loss, committing three of KC's turnovers. He started the game hot, completing four of five passes on his first drive, capping it off with a 36-yard touchdown pass to Jamaal Charles.

Two drives later, Thigpen followed up an impressive 63-yard Larry Johnson run with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez. After that drive, the wheels to the Chiefs' wagon began to fall off. The hubcaps loosened when Charles fumbled, and Buffalo recovered, resulting in a Rian Lindell field goal.

The lugnuts began to unscrew on KC's next possession, when a Thigpen pass intended for Mark Bradley was intercepted by Leodis McKelvin, who raced 64 yards for a touchdown, putting the Bills up 20-14.

The Chiefs answered back with a 45-yard field goal from Connor Barth (the longest of his young career), and Lindell responded with a 34-yarder of his own. Then, on KC's next play from scrimmage, the tires started to wobble uncontrollably when Thigpen made a poor decision and threw his second interception of the day to McKelvin with just 1:20 remaining in the first half. Buffalo capitalized on the turnover, with Trent Edwards running it in from 15 yards out.

Despite their first-half turnover woes, the Chiefs went into intermission down just two scores. Buffalo opened the second half with a 33-yard touchdown drive capped off by Edwards' second rushing touchdown of the game.

Then, on KC's first offensive possession of the second half, Thigpen sprinted out of the pocket, and with nothing but green separating him from a first down, lost his footing. The ball bounced loose as Thigpen crashed into the turf untouched, and the wheels to KC's wagon finally flew from the axle.

All in all, the Chiefs' five turnovers resulted in 54 points for Buffalo. Take away those turnovers, and we're looking at a three-point game. Obviously you can't take those miscues away, but KC's offense was still productive. Thigpen's turnover-to-touchdown ratio on the day was even, as he connected on three touchdown passes.

Those three turnovers take nothing away from the fantastic season Thigpen's having - 1,577 yards, 13 touchdowns, seven interceptions. Compare that to the two starting rookie quarterbacks in the league (which Thigpen is for all intents and purposes), Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco, and those numbers look pretty good. Flacco's thrown eight touchdowns compared to nine picks, and Ryan's thrown 11 touchdowns compared to six picks. Chiefs Nation still has to be happy that their no-name, underdog quarterback is hanging with, if not outperforming, two first-round picks with the same level of experience.


The Bills' 54 points is the most allowed by the Chiefs in franchise history. Twenty of those points came via turnovers.

Tony Gonzalez passed Kellen Winslow for the most 100-yard receiving games in a career by a tight end.

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