Bills vs. Chiefs: Live Grades and Analysis for Kansas City

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Bills vs. Chiefs: Live Grades and Analysis for Kansas City
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The Kansas City Chiefs renew their lease on perfection, as an opportunistic defense shouldered the load and crippled the Buffalo Bills' offensive aspirations. 

Final

Kansas City - 23

Buffalo - 13

Kansas City Chiefs Grades
Position Unit First-Half Grade Final Grade
Passing Offense B- D+
Rushing Offense C+ B+
Rushing Defense C+ F
Passing Defense C A-
Special Teams C- B+
Coaching C B-

vs. Bills Week 9

Final analysis for the Kansas City Chiefs

Pass Offense: In the first half, Alex Smith led a respectable passing attack. The aerial show regressed to a sluggish afterthought in the third and fourth quarters, though. The first thing that an optimist will point out is that Dwayne Bowe reeled in seven catches for 67 yards. A pessimist will note that Dexter McCluster dropped what would’ve been the easiest touchdown of his career.

Run Offense: Jamaal Charles repeatedly scorched Buffalo’s defensive front, but his team didn’t begin feeding him the ball until the latter stages of the game. The backfield blur ended the game with 90 yards on a measly 17 carries. 

Run Defense: C.J. Spiller owned the second half. Chiefs defenders habitually struggled to wrap up and seal the edge, as Spiller churned out 116 yards on only 12 carries. Collectively, the Bills punished the Chiefs defense for 241 rushing yards.

Pass Defense: Kansas City’s cornerbacks, particularly Marcus Cooper and Brandon Flowers, were glued to wideouts in the second half. After being victimized at the line, Sean Smith was also the benefactor of a gift-wrapped interception, which he returned for a 100-yard pick-six.

Special Teams: Ryan Succop fought a nasty wind throughout the game but converted all three of his field goals. Ron Parker also downed a pinpoint punt by Dustin Colquitt on the 1-yard line.

Coaching: Andy Reid’s offensive play-calling was…questionable, to say the least. Bob Sutton dialed up the defensive aggressiveness in the second half.

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First-half analysis for the Kansas City Chiefs 

Pass Offense: Alex Smith didn’t loft the prettiest passes, but he was largely efficient despite Rodney Hudson and Jeff Allen playing like they couldn’t block Legos together. Dwayne Bowe enjoyed his most productive half of the season. Dexter McCluster also dropped a surefire touchdown at the end of the half.

Run Offense: Jamaal Charles averaged a healthy 4.3 yards per carry yet only received six handoffs. The widespread stereotype that Andy Reid is allergic to rushing is often unfair and unfounded. This afternoon, it’s completely justified.

Run Defense: Throughout the majority of the first half, Kansas City’s defensive front bullied Buffalo’s offensive line and clamped down on C.J. Spiller. However, on Buffalo’s final drive, he broke the restraints for a 29-yard gain.

Pass Defense: Kendrick Lewis renewed his weekly trend of committing to inexplicable angles, which triggered a 59-yard touchdown on a routine go route. Jeff Tuel was markedly efficient, passing for 139 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

Special Teams: The return units were spectacularly average, as blockers repeatedly failed to create lanes. Ryan Succop accounted for Kansas City’s only points of the half.

Coaching: Andy Reid shied away from a fruitful ground game, and Bob Sutton’s play-calling was uncharacteristically conservative. 

 

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