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Buffalo Bills 16, Kansas City Chiefs 10: defense shows up big as Bills stay in the hunt

Defense had a day!

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills have defeated the Kansas City Chiefs to keep pace with the rest of the AFC. The Bills rode a hot defense and steady offense to a 16-10 win over the Chiefs at Arrowhead.

With the Chiefs driving with under two minutes left, rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White (who was drafted by the Bills using a pick they obtained from the Chiefs), stepped in front of an errant Alex Smith throw to seal the win.

The defense held the Chiefs to 236 total yards on offense, not letting the Chiefs get a first down until late in the second quarter. Buffalo had two sacks and routinely flustered Smith throughout the day, leading to multiple throwaways and poorly-placed passes. Buffalo’s defense shut down the Chiefs’ run game two, holding Kareem Hunt to 17 yards on 11 rushes.

On offense, the Bills were efficient, at one point driving into Chiefs territory on four consecutive drives. They converted those trips into 13 points (with one long missed field goal). Tyrod Taylor was who he has always been and didn’t turn over the ball and showed his escapability and conservative nature.

Buffalo now hosts the AFC East-leading New England Patriots in a game with huge playoff implications for both teams.