It's that time of the week again: Brendan Harrington, Matt Warren and I are planning out tonight's Buffalo Rumblings Podcast, in which we'll be breaking down yet another Buffalo Bills game, and we're looking for your feedback from yesterday's 23-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Offensive Player of the Game
Buffalo did run for an impressive 241 yards as a team in the loss, so it's not difficult to imagine C.J. Spiller (155 total yards on 14 touches) and Fred Jackson (99 total yards on 17 touches) garnering most of the vote this week. Marquise Goodwin, who caught a 59-yard touchdown pass for the Bills' only touchdown, may steal a few votes, but on the positive side of the coin, Buffalo's running game was the story of Week 9.
Defensive Player of the Game
The Bills had a pretty good day on defense, allowing just six Chiefs points that weren't set up by turnovers. There weren't any dominant statistical performances - Kiko Alonso nabbed eight tackles and a sack, and Jerry Hughes added a strip-sack in the first half - but other players (chiefly Kyle Williams) gave Kansas City problems throughout the afternoon.
Turning Point of the Game
Well, let's see here... the Chiefs scored two touchdowns on defense, so those two plays would probably serve as key turning points, no? Jeff Tuel threw a perfect strike to Sean Smith for a 100-yard touchdown that tied the game at 10 rather than giving the Bills, at minimum, a 10-point lead early in the third quarter. With the game tied at 13 in the fourth quarter, T.J. Graham fumbled after the catch on a short crossing route, and Tamba Hali picked it up and ran it in for the game-winning score. Pick your poison here.
Goat of the Game
Many of your nominees in this area have already been mentioned by name, and many more are ripe for the picking. We have no suggestions for this race, because you've been stewing on all of these names since yesterday afternoon. Go.