Chiefs vs. Bills: Kansas City's Biggest Winners and Losers from 35-17 Loss
For the second consecutive week, the Kansas City Chiefs played in front of a near-empty stadium late in the fourth quarter. This time, it was on the road against the Buffalo Bills in which Bills fans saw a convincing win against the Chiefs and decided to beat the traffic.
The Bills scored the first touchdown of the game and steamrolled ahead of the Chiefs. The Chiefs' 35-17 loss is not as close as the score appears.
Just like last season, Bills head coach Chan Gailey prepared his team for the Chiefs and walked all over them.
Here are the winners and losers for the Chiefs in Week 2.
Winner: WR Dwayne Bowe
Dwayne Bowe, who is playing under the franchise tag, is fighting for himself and hoping to earn a big contract. Today marked a point in his career where he could give potential teams reasons why he deserves a big contract.
Bowe surpassed the 5,000-yard receiving career mark against the Bills and also snagged two touchdown receptions. Even though the scores came late in the game when the Bills had sealed a win, Bowe can only use games like this as a selling point when he works on finding a team in 2013.
Winner: P Dustin Colquitt
The Chiefs did give up an 88-yard punt-return touchdown, but that is not on Dustin Colquitt. The punter is not responsible for his defenders missing tackles and allowing Leodis McKelvin to run through the open lane and find the end zone.
Colquitt's number was called seven times for the Chiefs. Since 2007, he has been jokingly referred to as the team's most valuable player. He does his job well, but seeing less of him would not hurt and Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll should make note of that.
Loser: QB Matt Cassel
Matt Cassel has once again put the Chiefs in a bind and is preventing them from reaching their potential. Even though it was him who threw Bowe the two touchdowns late in the game, his late statistical pickups are not easy to sugar coat for him, individually.
Cassel turned the ball over twice against the Bills, extending his total to five on the season.
Head coach Romeo Crennel even called three timeouts to give the Chiefs another chance to score at the end of the game for momentum purposes before facing the New Orleans Saints. Even so, Cassel throws an interception to end the game.
Loser: TE Kevin Boss
Kevin Boss was one of the few bright spots in last week's loss to the Atlanta Falcons. This week, Boss came away with one catch for 29 yards to help the Chiefs offense.
Unfortunately, he suffered an injury on the play and did not get any more playing time following his injury. The pressure could be on Tony Moeaki as he may become the sole reliable tight end, pending Boss' situation.
Loser: Chiefs Defense
Even with the return of Tamba Hali and Brandon Flowers, the Chiefs defense fell flat.
They were responsible for 28 of the 35 points scored by Buffalo. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes, and C.J. Spiller ran for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns, making the Bills rushing game one of the best in the NFL.
The Chiefs defense had no answer for anything the Bills had, and it showed on Sunday.
Loser: RB Peyton Hillis
Peyton Hillis had a chance to give the Chiefs some points to put up on the scoreboard before halftime. However, a crucial fumble, while on his way to the end zone, resulted in a Bills recovery and a touchback.
Although he had a six yard per carry average, it was only off 11 carries and he is unable to carry the scoring success he had in the preseason over to the regular season.
Loser: RT Eric Winston
Eric Winston was Kansas City's top offseason acquisition. However, that title may no longer be displayed next to Winston's name after how he looked against the Bills.
Winston was called for a false start and a holding penalty against the Bills. He was unheralded during his time with the Houston Texans and hoped to prove himself in Kansas City. So far, Winston is bringing back memories of Barry Richardson, the player whom he replaced.
Loser: Romeo Crennel
Crennel is under a lot of pressure with this 0-2 start. His first game as an interim head coach against the Green Bay Packers looks like a miracle that it ever happened.
Crennel, who serves as the head coach and defensive coordinator, is not capable of carrying multiple major duties. He must find a defensive coordinator and let that person take more control of the defense, so he can oversee both the offense and defense equally.
Above all else, Crennel called a timeout at the end of the game when the Bills took a timeout. He went on to call two more when the game was already out of reach. But, he wanted the Chiefs to gain some momentum by scoring another meaningless touchdown before the game ended.
Not only did that final drive fail as Cassel threw an interception to end the game, but he jeopardized his players into possibly getting hurt over a meaningless touchdown. Crennel must be careful when he asks his offense to be aggressive when the game is out of reach.
Take the loss, don't reveal any plays from the playbook and get your team ready for practice. Don't risk their chance of being hurt when there is nothing serious on the line.
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