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Chiefs report: Strategy and personnel
--TE Tony Gonzalez,
who caught 10 passes for 113 yards with a touchdown against Buffalo,
ran his career count of 100-yard games to 25, breaking Kellen Winslow's
NFL record for 100-yard games by a tight end. His 35-yard catch in the
second quarter was his longest of the season.
--RB Jamaal Charles had a mixed day against the Bills. He caught a 36-yard TD pass from Tyler Thigpen
on Kansas City's opening possession for the first touchdown catch of
his career. He later lost a fumble at his own 30 to set up a Bills
--WR Mark Bradley,
who caught a 45-yard TD pass from Tyler Thigpen in the third quarter of
the loss to the Bills, left the game with a calf injury that bears
Tyler Thigpen had a career-high three TD passes against Buffalo, but
his passer rating of 85.4 was brought down by two interceptions, both
by rookie Leodis McKelvin.
Chiefs report: Inside slant
Let the rebuilding of the rebuilding team begin.
believing they'd taken some big steps toward regaining competitiveness
in the previous four of their six consecutive losses, the Chiefs took a huge fall backward in their 54-31 home thumping by Buffalo.
was Kansas City's seventh consecutive loss, and 19th in 20 games dating
back to 2007. It is the worst losing stretch in franchise history.
only did the 54 points represent the most points ever given up by a
Chiefs team, but an offense that had been gaining respectability
reverted to old ways in making five turnovers, four of which the Bills
converted into 20 points.
The setback was significant for Tyler Thigpen,
who had been offering hope that he could become Kansas City's
quarterback for the long term with four solid, though winless, starts
since his three-interception NFL debut in Week 3 against Atlanta.
against Buffalo, Thigpen was intercepted twice by rookie Leodis
McKelvin, who returned the first for the 64-yard, second-quarter
touchdown that turned a tight game around, giving the Bills a 20-14
lead they wouldn't lose.
second pick with 1:20 left before halftime set up a 53-yard hurry-up TD
march that made it a 30-17 game at intermission. And when Thigpen
fumbled after slipping untouched on a run to his own 32 in the third
quarter, the Bills had an easy drive for one of four Rian Lindell field
goals and a 40-17 lead.
CBS Sportsline: Chiefs report: Notes, quotes
Turnovers plagued the Chiefs
but a rare plethora of penalties -- nine, for 75 yards -- also did in a
team that entered the game as one of the league's least-penalized teams.
with some special teams breakdowns -- a squib kick Buffalo covered at
its 39, a 46-yard McKelvin kickoff return aided by a major facemask
foul, a 38-yard punt from the Kansas City 1 following a bobbled kickoff
return, a 33-yard punt from the 11 -- meant the Bills didn't have to
drive far for several of their nine offensive scores. Their 10th came
Bills moved only 7 yards twice for field goals. They had touchdown
drives of 33 and 44 yards and two of 53. Their average drive start for
the game was at their own 48.
--Buffalo scored on eight of their first nine possessions, and nine of 11.
got so one-sided at 47-24 that some observers thought Buffalo was
piling on by throwing the ball on two of the three plays in a 44-yard
touchdown drive that made it 54-27 with 9:18 left.
Through 660 Minutes of Football, Chiefs Defense Has Mustered Just Six Sacks
Through 12 weeks of horrific football, I think it's well established that the Chiefs aren't very good. There have been bright spots, however. Like beating the Broncos, Tony Gonzalez
's touchdown record
, and Tyler Thigpen
. Beyond that, though, there really isn't much to get excited about.
Of all the things that need fixing -- and the list is extensive -- the complete absence of a pass rush is pretty high up there. The indispensable Joe Posnanski writes about the utter ineptitude
, and it's pretty harrowing, even for a club currently staring at 1-10.
There's a reason for this, a good reason, and it is simply this: The Chiefs have the worst pass rush in the history of professional football. I am not saying this to be flip, and I don't mean this in the exaggerated way that you might say, "This is the worst traffic jam I've ever seen," every Monday when taking I-35 North. No, these Chiefs are quantifiably the worst pass-rushing team ever. They have six sacks this year. That's six sacks. The whole team. The whole year. Six sacks.
NFL Preview - Kansas City (1-10) at Oakland (3-8)
The Oakland Raiders are searching
for a measure of consistency. The Kansas City Chiefs, who will visit
the Silver and Black at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, are simply
seeking a win.
Raiders will be trying to build on one of the shocking results of Week
12, a 31-10 road victory over the first-place Denver Broncos last
Oakland was able to snap a four-game winning streak by
playing a rare bit of solid offensive football, with running backs
Justin Fargas (24 carries, 107 yards) and Darren McFadden (38 rushing
yards, 2 TD) fueling the run game and quarterback JaMarcus Russell
(10-of-11, 152 yards, 1 TD) offering up the most efficient outing of
his young career.
On defense, the Raiders held Jay Cutler (16-of-37 passing, 204 yards, 1
INT) and the prolific Broncos passing game firmly in check, and the
special teams made its presence felt when return man Johnnie Lee
Higgins contributed his second punt return for a touchdown in as many
a win on Sunday, Oakland will have matched its 2007 win total with win
number four, a modest but noteworthy achievement for an organization
that has experienced well-chronicled struggles since reaching the Super
Bowl following the 2002 season.
Edwards has four TDs, guides Bills to historic drubbing of Chiefs
Needing only to eke out a win, the Buffalo Bills wound up smashing a record.
A mistake-free Trent Edwards
threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more and the Bills romped past
Kansas City 54-31 Sunday, breaking a four-game losing streak while
scoring more points than anyone ever scored before against the Chiefs.
Snapping smartly out of a
demoralizing slump that threatened to waste a 5-1 start, the Bills came
within four points of matching their 42-year-old record for points in a
The Chiefs (1-10) had five turnovers while losing for the 19th time in
20 games, by far the worst stretch in franchise history.
"It's embarrassing," said Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson.
The Bills (6-5) scored 20 points off turnovers.
"They worked hard, obviously, preparing for this game, and they got a
lot of bounces," Bills coach Dick Jauron said. "They made a lot of
Edwards became the first Bills quarterback since Jack Kemp to run for
two TDs in a game. He looked nothing at all like the guy who in his 13
previous quarters had thrown eight interceptions while losing two
fumbles and managing only three touchdown passes.
"I always try to be confident," said Edwards. "Even when I'm not, I try
to act like I am. That's the position you have to be in."
Rochester native Branden Albert faces familiar foe as Kansas City Chiefs host Buffalo Bills
Growing up in Rochester, Branden Albert became quite familiar with the Buffalo Bills.
He had no choice.
by Bills fans everywhere he went, Albert learned more than he cared to
about the legacy of Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Bruce Smith from
friends and relatives who couldn't understand why he rooted for the
"I couldn't help but become acquainted with their
history, living in western New York,'' he said. "Their games were on
television all the time, and that's all most people talked about.''
days, the 24-year-old Albert has a new favorite team — the Kansas City
Chiefs. And even the most diehard Bills fans will understand why he
switched allegiances and why he'll be rooting against Buffalo Sunday
afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium. See, Albert now draws hefty paychecks
from Kansas City to play left offensive tackle, so the former East High
basketball player will be doing his darndest to open holes, protect his
quarterback and ensure that the Chiefs, not the Bills, end their
"I know a lot of people back home will be
watching because it's a Bills game," Albert said in a phone interview
after practice the other day. "You just tell them that I'm doing my
best to represent Rochester well in the NFL."
Spread changes options for Chiefs
For a 1-9 team, the Kansas City Chiefs sure have found a way to keep things interesting. First, tight end Tony Gonzalez demanded a trade in October. Then running back Larry Johnson
fell into so much trouble off the field that he might not even be on
the team next season. Now the Chiefs are offering us another compelling
story line: They're openly talking about the spread offense possibly
being the system they use in years to come.
At least that was
the vibe coming from coach Herm Edwards when he recently spoke about
his improved offense and the surprising play of second-year quarterback
Edwards, who has long had a reputation for favoring more conservative,
run-oriented offenses, has been seeing his team gain confidence with
every game it plays in that wide-open system. He has watched Thigpen
grow from an unknown, third-string quarterback into a player who could
be the Chiefs' permanent starter if he continues to mature.
also has seen his team develop the kind of faith that it desperately
needs at this point in an ugly season.It would be easy for the Chiefs to pack it in and prepare for the
offseason with their current record. Instead, the spread offense -- a
system that has allowed them to nearly pull off upset wins over the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers prior to last week's 30-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints
-- has convinced a young, rebuilding team that it can compete with
Thigpen under center. Remember, the Chiefs have averaged 22.5 points in
their past four games after averaging only 12.5 in their first six.
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