It's pouring rain at Arrowhead Stadium today, and the Buffalo Bills have what is generally viewed as a conservative, run-first coaching staff in place. So, naturally, Tyrod Taylor has attempted 26 passes in the first half alone, completing 14 of them - and, most notably, completing six of them to Sammy Watkins for 158 yards and two touchdowns - in helping the Bills amass 296 yards of total offense in taking a 16-14 lead into halftime.
And yet, the Chiefs, by way of some unique circumstances, are still very much in the game, despite Buffalo playing well to great in all phases. Kansas City's first touchdown, which cut Buffalo's lead to 10-7, was set up by a lengthy Jeremy Maclin reception that, had Rex Ryan challenged, might have been overturned and called an incompletion. Their second touchdown, a 41-yarder from Alex Smith to Maclin to cut the lead to 16-14, came right after rookie cornerback Ronald Darby re-entered the game following what had been reported as a head injury.
In fact, had Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos mustered a bit more power on a failed 54-yard field goal try to close the half, Kansas City would be leading this game, despite the Bills' strong efforts offensively.
This is your open thread for the second half. Let's see if the Bills' defense can tighten up a bit and the offense can sustain its momentum enough for Buffalo to pick up a huge road win. Go Bills!