Sunday, September 16, 2012
Wrap-up: Bills 35, Chiefs 17
By James Walker
Here are some thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' 35-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs:
What it means: It means the Bills won a key game to get to .500. There are high expectations for this Buffalo team, which could not afford to fall to 0-2. The Bills took care of business against a Chiefs team they match up very well against. Buffalo jumped out to a 35-3 lead and cruised the rest of the way.
What I liked: C.J. Spiller finished Week 1 as the NFL’s leading rusher. He continued his hot streak with another stellar outing against Kansas City. Spiller rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 47 yards. Spiller is a dynamic weapon getting his opportunity to start now that Fred Jackson is out with a knee injury. But Spiller is making a strong case to be the permanent starter. The 2010 first-round draft pick produced the third multi-touchdown game of his career.
What I didn’t like: There wasn't much not to like in this game from Buffalo’s perspective. The Bills pounded the Chiefs for the second straight meeting. Perhaps the two touchdowns Buffalo allowed in garbage time weren't ideal. But that’s being nitpicky. It was a good, all-around performance by the Bills.
What’s next: The Bills have a chance to win two in a row next week when they travel to play the Cleveland Browns (0-2). Buffalo cannot have a letdown against a bad team like Cleveland. The Bills have to win these kind of road games to pad their record and stay in the postseason hunt.