Kansas City Beats The Bills
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs can thank their opportunistic defense for keeping their perfect start intact.
Sean Smith returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and Tamba Hali scored on an 11-yard fumble return in a 23-13 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The defense made up for a sputtering offense that managed just 210 yards, and for its own deficiencies.
The Chiefs gave up a season-worst 470 yards to a Bills offense that was led by undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel, making his first career start.
Kansas City (9-0) remained the NFL's only undefeated team and matched the best start in franchise history set in 2003. The Chiefs now enter their bye week before a key AFC West showdown against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos (7-1) on Nov. 17.
The Bills (3-6) were unable to overcome their own errors despite dominating nearly every offensive category. Buffalo had the edge in yards and first downs (25-15), and its 77 plays were 23 more than Kansas City ran.
The difference proved to be the Bills' inability to compensate for being down to their fourth-string quarterback. Tuel started in place of interim starter Thad Lewis, sidelined with bruised ribs. Buffalo's rookie starter, EJ Manuel, missed his fourth game with a sprained right knee.