The Buffalo Bills showed up to play this week, laying the smack down on the Kansas City Chiefs by a final of 35 to 17. It wasn't even that close as the Chiefs scored 14 points in the last six minutes and Bills head coach Chan Gailey pulled several key players with more than five minutes remaining.
C.J. Spiller had his second career day in as many weeks, becoming just the fourth player in Buffalo Bills history to tally back-to-back 100-yard games to start a season. He racked up 123 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns. Spiller's vision and patience were on display and he set up blocks, allowing him to repeatedly pick up extra yards. He also added 47 yards in the passing game.
Ryan Fitzpatrick started slowly in the passing game, but managed to gain 34 yards rushing before getting into a passing rhythm. His favorite target was Spiller, who led the team with three catches, but he threw two touchdowns to Scott Chandler and Stevie Johnson. Chandler benefited from the absence of David Nelson, hauling in just two passes - one was the touchdown while the other covered 43 yards. He finished 10-of-19 for 178 yards in an effective but largely uninspiring performance.
Defensively, the pass rush came alive and the cornerbacks played much better than a week ago. Alex Carrington forced a fumble on Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassell that Mario Williams recovered. Nick Barnett forced a Peyton Hillis goal line fumble that Bryan Scott recovered, allowing the Bills to go into the half with a 21-0 lead. Kyle Williams was repeatedly in the backfield, tallying two sacks and disrupting several rushing plays. Jairus Byrd recorded an interception at the final gun.
The Bills special teams also contributed on the scoreboard with a Leodis McKelvin punt return that covered 88 yards. The team's Wildcat package with both Brad Smith and Tashard Choice at the healm also made the 2012 debut to limited success.
On the injury front, George Wilson and Stephon Gilmore both suffered head injuries during the game but Wilson returned. Gilmore's injury came well after the Bills were in control so he did not return. Marcell Dareus dealt with a shoulder injury late in the first half and appeared to re-aggravate the injury later in the game.
Buffalo heads to Cleveland next week to face off against the Browns, who fell to the Cincinnati Bengals this afternoon.