Bills vs. Chiefs, NFL Week 9: second half open thread

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A 59-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Tuel to Marquise Goodwin is the difference between the Bills and the Chiefs at halftime. Buffalo leads Kansas City 10-3.

True to form, the undermanned Buffalo Bills are giving the 8-0 Kansas City Chiefs all they can handle, leading the NFL's lone remaining unbeaten team 10-3 at halftime.

Jeff Tuel, making his first career start, has completed 9-of-15 passes for 139 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He started off on fire, completing five of his first seven passes for 112 yards and the touchdown, a pretty 59-yard strike to rookie speedster Marquise Goodwin. He slowed down considerably in the second half (4-of-8, 27 yards, the interception), but led the Bills on a length field goal drive to close out the half.

Things could actually be much better for the Bills. Leodis McKelvin had an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown nullified by an illegal block in the back on Nigel Bradham. They gave up the Chiefs' lone field goal after Tuel's interception, and that drive was preceded by a Jerry Hughes forced fumble that the Bills couldn't recover. Add in a crucial late-half drop from Dexter McCluster that may have led to a Chiefs touchdown, and Kansas City is fortunate to only be down by one score.

Buffalo will get the ball first in the second half looking to extend their lead. Let's see if these young, upstart Bills can close the deal. Go Bills!

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