KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills carries the ball as Kendrick Lewis #23 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Optimistic Buffalo Bills fans figured that their favorite team had a great chance at upsetting the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1 at Arrowhead Stadium. The folks that predicted a 41-7 shellacking, sending the Bills into their home opener 1-0? They're likely few and far between.
Aided by two Chiefs turnovers and very sloppy, uninspired play from the home team, Buffalo quickly opened up a 14-0 lead, extended it to 20-0, and led at the half 20-7. It was all Buffalo in the second half, as well, forcing another turnover and imposing their physical will on the Chiefs, the team added three more scores to go up 41-7, ending the game with Tyler Thigpen at quarterback. All 46 active players saw playing time.
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 17-of-25 passes for 208 yards and four touchdowns - two of which went to tight end Scott Chandler, who made the tight end a factor in Buffalo for the first time in a decade. Fred Jackson ran for 112 yards on 20 carries. The defense held Matt Cassel to 115 passing yards, three turnovers were forced, and Cassel was sacked twice. Jamaal Charles had just 65 total yards, though he did score the Chiefs' lone touchdown of the day.