From Arrowhead Stadium
There was no doubt in the mind of interim head coach Perry Fewell that he and the Buffalo Bills got a gift near the end of their 16-10 victory over the Chiefs.
Specifically, it was the dropped pass by WR Chris Chambers that would have given the Chiefs the ball at the Bills two-yard line with just around two minutes to play.
“That was the game,” Fewell said afterwards. “Yes, he did beat the coverage but we were on the lucky end today. Sometimes you have to have a little luck.”
It also helps when players make plays, like DE Aaron Schobel did on fourth-and goal at the Bills one-yard line in the first half of the game. Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was trying to run a bootleg, but Schobel wasn’t fooled and brought down Cassel for a seven-yard loss.
“We were in a goal-line defense and thought that they would pass the ball,” said Fewell, who still doubles as the team’s defensive coordinator. “When the quarterback kept it, it was a Schobel play. The guy makes plays and you just have to go ‘Man, I’m glad we got this guy!’”
Fewell is now 2-2 since he took over for the fired Dick Jauron and he could have cared less if the game was not a classic.
“I don’t see any ugly in victory,” Fewell said. “All victories are pretty to me.”
What wasn’t pretty was the performance of Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who completed 12 of 20 passes for 86 yards and an interception.
“He didn’t throw the ball very well and we threw the ball into coverage a couple of times,” said Fewell of his quarterback. “He just didn’t throw it very well.”
Fitzpatrick wasn’t happy with the interception he threw in the end zone, where CB Brandon Flowers picked him off.
“That was a poor decision,” Fitzgerald said. “It was really a one-receiver route and we ran it all week. You can’t make decisions like that out there. Luckily it didn’t cost us.”
The Bills are now 5-8 on the season and they have a tough three-game closing schedule. They host New England, visit Atlanta and then host Indianapolis to close out the season.
SPECIAL TEAMS REPORT
Facing one of the best kicking game attacks in the league, the Chiefs did OK in Sunday’s game against Buffalo.
Where they fell down was a shock: punter Dustin Colquitt had one of the worst days of his career, kicking five times and averaging just 33.4 yards a punt. His net average of 29.4 yards a punt. The last time he his gross average was that bad in a game where he had more than one punt was last year against New Orleans when he averaged 33.4 yards. The last time his net average was that bad was September 2007, when his net average against Chicago was 22.9 yards, thanks to a Devin Hester return for a touchdown.
When punting for field position, sometimes a punter’s numbers can take a beating. That wasn’t the case for three of Colquitt’s punts. Kicking from the Chiefs 26-yard line, his punt went just 38 yards. Kicking from his 19-yard line, his punt was 37 yards and the worst one of the day came on a punt where the line of scrimmage was the Chiefs nine-yard line; Colquitt got off a punt of just 28 yards.
Meanwhile, Kansas native Brian Moorman was having a big day punting the ball against the Chiefs, kicking four times for a gross and net average of 53 yards a kick. He got off a 73-yard punt courtesy of a mental mistake by Chiefs punt returner Bobby Wade, who said he lost the ball in the air on a punt where the Chiefs were going for a block. Wade let the ball hit the ground and it bounced another 20 yards.
The Chiefs got nothing from their return game. Wade in fact did not return a punt, fair catching two of them. On kickoff returns, WR Lance Long stepped in for Jamaal Charles but he averaged just 17.4 yards on five returns, including one where he brought the ball back just eight yards.
Coverage-wise, the Chiefs gave up a 40-yard kickoff return to RB Fred Jackson, who averaged 30.3 yards on three returns.
K Ryan Succop’s kickoffs went to the Bills six-yard line, the goal line and one-yard deep in the end zone.
DORSEY SUFFERS KNEE INJURY
The Chiefs lost DE Glenn Dorsey in the first half with an injury to his left knee. Doctors and trainers put a brace on the knee, but Dorsey never got back into the game and eventually went to the locker room just before half-time.
After the game, Dorsey was wearing a brace on the knee and an electronic stimulator as he left the Chiefs locker room.
As is their custom, the Chiefs had nothing to say about Dorsey’s injury, other than it was his knee.
LOOKING AT ZEBRAS
Referee Al Riveron and his crew did not have the tightest handle on this game. They walked off eight penalties for 83 yards, but there were several huddles that took way too long for the group to decide on a play. There was also a replay review that seemed to go on forever, although that may have been the result of a failure of the communication line from the replay booth down to the replay machine on the field.
Todd Haley challenged two calls and lost both of them. First, he challenged the spot of a third-and-three completion from Cassel to WR Chris Chambers that ended up short of the first-down stick at the Buffalo two yard line. The decision on the field stood up and the Chiefs lost a timeout, as Succop kicked a 21-yard field goal.
Haley then challenged a call at the end of LB Paul Posluszny’s interception in the fourth quarter. On the return, Jamaal Charles was able to knock the ball out of Posluszny’s arm for a fumble. Charles came up with the ball, but the officials ruled that fumble did occur, but they didn’t see Charles recover the ball. So the call on the field was affirmed, giving Buffalo possession at the Chiefs 35-yard line.
“The ball was definitely ruled a fumble but they said they couldn’t figure out who had possession after the fumble,” said Haley. “Jamaal recovered the football and when he jumped up he was trying to get any officials’ attention to show that he had the ball. The referee told me they were unable to determine who had possession after No. 51 fumbled.”
The Chiefs had five flags walked off against them. CB Brandon Flowers was hit with a 15-yard personal foul call for a facemask grab on defense. The other four came on offense: LT Branden Albert was called for an illegal formation and a false start, C Rudy Niswanger was called for holding as was WR Chris Chambers.
CHARLES 76-YARD RUN TO HISTORY
Charles 76-yard TD run was the seventh longest run from scrimmage in franchise history. Here are the six longer plays:
|Abner Haynes||N.Y. Jets||Shea Stadium||11/29/64|
|Β||Warren McVea||Cincinnati||Municipal Stadium||10/26/69|
|Mike Garrett||Houston||Municipal Stadium||10/30/66|
Sunday was the three-year anniversary of the passing of Lamar Hunt β¦ Vrabel’s sack was the 57th of his career, while Hali’s sack gives him 7.5 for the season and 26 for his career β¦ WR Bobby Wade played in his 100th NFL game β¦ CB Travis Daniels made his first start with the Chiefs when the defense opened in the nickel β¦ rookie DE Dion Gales was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday and played in his first NFL game β¦ Kansas City native Tom Watson was honored before the game and his step-daughter Kelly Page sang the national anthem. Watson wore red pants and gold sweater. It was quite the get up β¦ the Chiefs offense had their best third-down conversion day of the season, moving the chains seven of 18 times, or 39 percent … Buffalo rookie LB Ashlee Palmer was sensational on special teams coverage, getting credit for three tackles β¦ the Chiefs won the toss and elected to receive β¦ the Chiefs offense ran one play with a direct snap to Charles.