For the second straight week, the Kansas City Chiefs were run off the field, this time by the Buffalo Bills, 35-17, at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Like the Chiefs, the Bills were blown out in Week 1, but were able to make quick work of Romeo Crennel’s lifeless team. Buffalo build a 21-0 first half lead and were never challenged by a Kansas City team that opened the season with promise, but are now left to pick up the pieces following two embarrassing losses.
After losing S Eric Berry for the season in a lopsided loss to the Bills, the Chiefs couldn’t even escape this game without a serious injury. TE Kevin Boss made a beautiful catch down the middle, but was hit in the head while he was on the ground by a Bills defender and had to be helped off the field.
Though there was no clear injury, the Chiefs may have lost RB Jamaal Charles. He simply didn’t look right. He was ineffective early, on the sidelines while RB Peyton Hillis was fumbling the ball on goal line and then invisible in the second half.
Without Charles providing relief, it was the bad Matt Cassel at quarterback for the Chiefs, overthrowing his receivers and holding the ball too long while turning it over twice.
The only thing overshadowing the Chiefs bad effort on offense was the stinker put together by the defense. Much like last week’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the Bills were able to do whatever they wanted on offense, with RB C.J. Spiller running wild all day long.
It might seem like a difficult task, but we’ve managed to find the best of the worst for the Chiefs on offense, defense and special teams so we can hand out some game balls.
Offense: Jon Baldwin
There’s been more negativity by the fans than passes by Cassel thrown Baldwin’s way through two games. And unfortunately for the second-year wide receiver, he can’t control either of those things. The only thing he can do is play when offensive coordinator Brian Daboll decides to call his number.
After barely playing last week against the Falcons, Baldwin was able to get a little more run Sunday. More snaps, however, didn’t change Cassel’s desire (or often ability) to get him the ball. He finished with three catches for 62 yards and was often running with room to work with, but the ball rarely found its way towards him.
Defense: Justin Houston
Don’t be fooled, the entire Chiefs defense wasn’t lost on Sunday afternoon. Most, yes, but there were a few standouts, led by LB Justin Houston. He was credited with five tackles, but could have easily had two or three others and was one of the few Kansas City defenders to put a hand on Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
It’s hard for Houston and Tamba Hali to do much work in the backfield when the coverage behind them is non-existent. With just a few tweaks by the secondary, the Chiefs could see big returns from their two pass rushers.
Special Teams: Ryan Succop
Succop bounced back from a tough opening week by making his only field goal, both extra points (it’s the small victories, folks) and he also had touchbacks on three of his four kick offs. The one kick that was returned was for only five yards, putting the Bills once again at their own 20.
The Chiefs special teams as a whole have been terrible, so really anything beyond handing the other team a touchdown or turning the ball over will put you at the head of the special teams class.