It wasn’t pretty and there might not be any nails left on the hands of their fans, but the Bills leave Kansas City with a much needed win.
After allowing 45 points a game over the Bills three-game losing streak, Buffalo’s defense turned out one of its best first half performances in four years.
The Bills held the Chiefs to just 57-yards of offense and only one first down over the first 30 minutes.
Buffalo and Kansas City opened the contest combining for six straight punts.
At the end of the first quarter the Bills offense found some rhythm. Tyrod Taylor engineered a 9-play drive that went 53 yards and was capped off with a touchdown pass to Zay Jones.
Taylor was far from perfect on Sunday but his calming presence settled the Bills offense.
“I’m always a confident guy. I’m going to remain confident. I just appreciate the opportunity I get to play with these guys each and every day,” said Taylor.
“I see the work every guy puts in in the locker room day to day, their preparation and I wanna be apart of that on Sunday’s.”
Richie Incognito added, “Tyrod is a steading force in this offense because he’s so consistent and he’s a great leader. He’s the same guy every day so he showed up and balled out today.”
The Bills lead 13-3 at halftime.
Out of the locker room, the Chiefs offense put together their best drive of the game.
Kansas City opened the third quarter with an 85-yard drive that ended with an Alex Smith touchdown pass to Albert Wilson to cut the Bills lead to 13-10.
Buffalo answered right back with Stephen Hauschka’s third field goal off the game.
The rest of the second half was a struggle for both teams on offense. The Bills were 0-7 on third downs in the second half and managed just 79 yards.
On the other side, the Bills defense came up with stop after stop on third and forth down all game long.
In the final minute, Tre White stepped in front and picked off a Smith pass to seal the victory.
For the first time since week 1, the Bills out-gained their opponent in total yards.
“We were all kind of feeling which was was this thing going to go? Would we go down in flames after a 5-2 start but the men in this room our different we’re cut from a different cloth,” smiled Incognito.
“Coach McDermott has done a great job preaching process and consistency and fundamentals and we went out and got the fundamental win today.”
“I thought overall we played good team offense. We ran the ball well, I thought Tyrod used his feet at times and we had some critical third down conversions on some drives,” said Sean McDermott after the game.
“It just wasn’t one guy, it was spread across the offense, which was good to see.”
Taylor finished with 183 yards and touchdown after being renamed the starting quarterback.
LeSean McCoy managed just 49 yards on the ground but the defense was the star of the show.
After being gashed on the ground the last three games, the Bills allowed just 55 rushing yards on Sunday and picked up a pair of sacks.
Buffalo moves to 6-5 on the season and returns home to host New England next week.