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Buffalo Bills news, 11/4: Nate Hackett under fire following Bills-Chiefs

Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is facing tough questions following another bitter loss on a day when the defense played exceptionally well.

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Hackett made costly calls in Buffalo Bills' loss - Democrat and Chronicle

"It was a combination of a couple things," Hackett explained. "They show a lot of all-out pressure when they bring everybody, so if you want to run the ball, it sucks, and if you want to throw the ball, you have to get it out quick. Jeff saw the all-out blitz and he wanted to throw the ball to his first read and the guy just stopped and stood there and Jeff let it go. He was so into 'I've got to get it out' and he just threw it a little bit blind. There were a lot of bodies down there."

Coaches are culpable for snap misjudgment - Sports - The Buffalo News

Jerry Sullivan: "Marrone and Hackett contend it was the right call for the situation (though Marrone suggested they might need more work on it near the goal line). It’s the right call if you have a seasoned quarterback, someone who has executed that kind of split-second judgment in the past."

Bills can't protect the ball in loss to Chiefs -
"The Chiefs turned three turnovers into 17 points to remain undefeated with a 23-13 win over the Bills." Read Chris Brown's full game recap.

Press Conferences
Jeff Tuel: "It's 100 percent on me"
Doug Marrone: "This one hurts"
C.J. Spiller: "We still lost and that’s all that matters"

Spring returns to Spiller's step in big play performance -
"A week off apparently did wonders as Spiller delivered three of the four longest plays in the game Sunday. Sunday against the Chiefs also marked the first time since Week two that Spiller ran for over 100 yards."

Bills Focus: Bills D Gives Team Fighting Chance - VIDEO -
"Unfortunately it came in a 23-13 loss to the Chiefs, but the Bills defense put up a strong effort on Sunday and gave the team several opportunities to stay in the game. "

Bills Roundup: Chiefs Steal Win With Turnovers - VIDEO -
"Three Buffalo turnovers led to 17 Kansas City points, and ultimately decided the game, as the Chiefs escaped with a 23-13 win over the Bills."

Inside The Bills | Bills ‘D’ had the clamps on
"On 10 total possessions, the Chiefs gained more than 35 yards on a drive, just once, their 42-yard field goal drive in the third quarter. That was also the only Kansas City drive that reached the red zone."

Inside The Bills | Kyle: We’ve got to kick the door down
Kyle Williams is frustrated. Head inside to see his comments.

Inside The Bills | Chiefs credit Bills attack, defense
"I’ll tell you this, I think Doug (Marrone) is a heck of a coach," said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. "He’s got a great staff and I knew they had a great defense coming in. If not the best one we’ve played thus far, surely one of the best ones. So I knew everybody was going to have to contribute, both sides of the ball and special teams. Everybody did that."

Nathaniel Hackett: Bills moved ball at will, 'just couldn't finish' - Bills Blitz
Nathaniel Hackett: "You get a plan together, and you do everything you want. You move the ball at whim all the way up and down the field, and we just couldn't finish."

Doug Marrone as confused as the rest of us on what's a catch - Bills Blitz
"I thought it was a catch all the way," said Marrone, who fell to 0 for 4 on the season on challenges. "He bounced once and he had it. Second time he bounced, he didn't. I was told that the first time he bounced that he lost the ball."

Bills notebook: A healthier Spiller is up to his old tricks - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Spiller’s 14 touches were the most since he carried 23 times for 77 yards in a victory over the Baltimore Ravens in Week Four. Spiller has been on the injury report since the week of the Ravens game. First it was a strained quadriceps, then the high ankle sprain."

Tuel’s strong start eclipsed by turnovers - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Instead of a two-touchdown advantage with a defense playing lights out, the Bills found themselves in a 10-10 game, one in which the tenor had completely shifted."

Marrone refuses to sugarcoat the bitter aftertaste - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Marrone isn’t one for moral victories. He’s not going there, as he likes to say. The Bills dominated Sunday and lost. He was first in line to face the facts. He used "hurt," or a derivative of the word, eight times before anyone asked a question. It still was understated. He was left licking his wounds."

Bills-Chiefs report card: Passing game fails to make enough plays - Sports - The Buffalo News
The run game had a great day while the passing game had their problems. These grades and more by Tim Graham this morning.

Chiefs stay unbeaten with 23-13 victory over Bills - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Smith’s interception and linebacker Tamba Hali’s 11-yard fumble return for a touchdown aided the Chiefs in overcoming a pedestrian offense and their own leaky defense in securing a 23-13 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Game Was All About What If?
"In other news from this game, for those of you who thought Nathaniel Hackett was too conservative, you must have loved this game. It was bombs away as Hackett continually called for Tuel to stretch the field."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Sideline Reactions: Chiefs 23 - Bills 13
"They force turnovers, get a shortened field for their offense and then capitalize. Only on Sunday against the Bills, the Chiefs cut out the middle man. The one thing Buffalo could not afford to do was turn the ball over. Thus, this is why the Chiefs remained the lone undefeated team in the NFL and the Bills were left scratching their heads."

Turnovers torment Bills in lost opportunity - Buffalo Bills Blog - ESPN
"Despite out-gaining Kansas City more than 2-to-1 in offensive yards -- 470 to 210 -- the Bills couldn't overcome their critical mistakes to topple the undefeated Chiefs, who were trailing the Bills' 10-3 at halftime. "

Dissecting Jeff Tuel's game-changing pick-six - ESPN
Mike Rodak uses quotes from Nate Hackett, Doug Marrone, and Jeff Tuel to dissect the pick-six. It was a packaged play designed to be a run unless the Chiefs showed all-out pressure. Read it for yourself.

Locker Room Buzz: Buffalo Bills - ESPN
"Marrone's frustration evident: After a week in which Bills coach Doug Marrone was as upbeat as he's been all season, his frustration level seemed to be through the roof after Sunday's game. This was about as passionate as we've seen the first-year head coach."

Rapid Reaction: Buffalo Bills - ESPN
"The Chiefs boast two of the NFL's best pass-rushers - Tamba Hali and Justin Houston - and neither could get to Tuel."

KC's defense scores twice as Chiefs beat Bills, 23-13 - Arrowhead Pride
A blow-by-blow of every drive.