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Bills Pour it On in Kansas City Topping the Chiefs 54-31

Sunday’s match-up between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs was a match-up between two teams trying to get on course for the rest of the season. The Bills still have a small chance to get things right and make a playoff run, while the Chiefs just want to build something for next season. For Trent Edwards it was an opportunity to face a weak defense with the hope he could get back to the level of play he enjoyed earlier in the season.

In the first quarter the Chiefs surprised the Bills by marching right down the field, capped off by a 36 yard TD pass from Tyler Thigpen to Jamaal Charles. The Bills came back on their first drive and dominated the Chiefs with the running game, with the final result of the drive being a 1 yard Marshawn Lynch TD run.

In the second quarter the Bills finally came alive with 23 points, although the quarter did not start that way. In the 1st play of the 2nd quarter Rian Lindell kicked a 21 yard field goal to give the Bills the lead, but the Chiefs quickly reclaimed it after Larry Johnson ran right up the middle of the Bills defense for 63 yards down to the Bills 2. The drive ended with a 2 yard TD pass from Thigpen to Tony Gonzalez. After a Bills punt the Chiefs fumbled the ball in their own territory, but the Bills could not capitalize and had to settle for a FG. It was on the next drive that it all fell apart for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs seems to be moving the ball well again, driving to the Bills 41, but rookie cornerback Leodis McKelvin intercepted a Thigpen pass at the Bills 36 and returned it 64 yards for a TD. After the teams exchanged field goals Edwards quickly drove the Bills down the field as time was running out, and he finished the drive himself with a 15 yard TD run as time almost ran out on the half. It was a gutsy run, as if he didn’t score time would have expired.

In the 3rd quarter Leodis McKelvin took the opening kickoff 46 yards to the Kansas City 48 yard line, and a 15-yard face mask penalty took it to the Chiefs 33. In just 4 plays the Bills had scored, partially assisted by more Chiefs penalties, as Trent Edwards scored on his 2nd TD run of the game. On the next drive the Chiefs fumbled but the Bills only came away with a FG, but it barely mattered as the Bills at that point had a 40-17 lead. The Chiefs responded with a 45 yard TD pass from Thigpen to Mark Bradley, but the Bills closed out the scoring in the quarter with an 8 yard pass from Edwards to Josh Reed.

After an exchange of punts to start the 4th the Bills scored again with a 17 yard TD pass from Edwards to Derek Schouman. The Chiefs did get a TD pass from Quinn Gray to Dwayne Bowe to close out the scoring, but it did little to stop the humiliation for the Chiefs as the Bills walked away with a 54-31 win.

For the Bills it was what they desperately needed, as the team and Edwards needed to find some of the success that they enjoyed in the beginning of the season when they started 4-0. At that time some mentioned Edwards name as an MVP candidate. While that seems long ago the young QB made huge strides today to earn back the trust of the fans and his teammates, as he completed 24 of 32 passes for 273 yards and 2 TD passes and also ran for 2 TD’s. Even more importantly he was able to stop the barrage of turnovers that he has experienced in recent weeks. The Bills also ran the ball well, as Marshawn Lynch ran for 79 yards and a TD while Fred Jackson chipped in 56 yards. Lee Evans also had to be pleased to contribute, as he finished with 5 catches for 110 yards, while Josh Reed returned with 50 yards receiving and a TD reception. McKelvin had 2 interceptions, one for the TD, and the long kickoff return to show he is becoming a force for the Bills in his first season.

For the Chiefs Thigpen finished with 240 yards passing and 3 TD’s, but he also threw 2 costly interceptions. Larry Johnson ran for 81 yards on just 7 carries, and Tony Gonzalez had 113 yards on 10 catches and a TD.

In the end the Chiefs season continues to get worse while the Bills playoff hopes, while still dim, remain a possibility. If nothing else Bills fans can take comfort that their young QB is back to a solid level of play, and that’s more than they could count on the past few weeks. Now they hope he can carry them to the playoffs.

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