Score: Chiefs 23, Bills 13
It was over when: KC hit a field goal with 2:18 remaining in the game, giving them a 10 point lead and putting the game out of reach for Buffalo.
Player of the Game: Sean Smith‘s 100-yard interception return for a touchdown was the turning point of the game.
Fun Fact: KC is 9-0 for the second time in their history, first since 2003. But the fun fact is really about the defense. KC became the first team since the 1977 Falcons to hold their first nine opponents under 17 points. Atlanta had a 5-4 record in those games.
Kansas City was able to take advantage of the opportunities that were given to them, converting two turnovers for touchdowns and another for a field goal. Without those three plays the Chiefs lose this game.
He played the ball and not the receiver, which leads to good things as a cornerback. His play was massive in this game.
3. Red Zone Defense
Buffalo went into the red zone three times and left with two field goals. That was the difference in the game.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Asked Dwayne Bowe if he’d heard people call the Chiefs the worst 9-0 team. “I hadn’t heard that. I heard we’re the only 9-0 team.”
— Sam Mellinger (@mellinger) November 3, 2013
Awful, awful, awful play this week from the offense. KC had only 210 yards of offense, and average more yards per rushing attempt (4.1) than they did per passing attempt (4.0). There was almost nothing the Chiefs did well offensively today.
2. Rushing Defense
Scheme? Tired defense? Whatever the reason, Kansas City could not stop the run today. Buffalo average 6.3 yards per carry and were breaking tackles all over the place. A week off should help, but the ability stop the run is a weakness for the Chiefs defense.
3. Alex Smith
19-for-29, 124 yards, no touchdowns, 4.3 yards per pass attempt. Smith could have easily thrown two picks in this game and was missing receivers in just about every direction. The last five weeks for him have been terrible, and he’s going to have to play better if the Chiefs are going to have any shot at beating Denver on the road.