Posted November 03, 2013

Chiefs defense takes them to 9-0 with two touchdowns vs. Bills

AFC East, AFC West, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith had a 100-yard interception return against the Bills. (Al Tielemans/SI)

Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith had a 100-yard interception return against the Bills. (Al Tielemans/SI)

The Kansas City Chiefs’ defense, so stout and nearly unstoppable for the most part this season, has been surprisingly vulnerable against nondescript quarterbacks over the last three games. Houston’s Case Keenum and Cleveland’s Jason Campbell were able to make plays in close games until the Chiefs woke up and shut things down. On Sunday, it was the turn of Buffalo Bills rookie Jeff Tuel, starting because of injuries to EJ Manuel and Thad Lewis, to see what he could do.

Tuel connected with Marquise Goodwin for a 59-yard touchdown late in the first quarter and finished the first half with nine completions in 15 attempts for 139 yards, the scoring pass to Goodwin and one interception. Unfortunately, Tuel’s second of two picks on the day went to cornerback Sean Smith, who returned it 100 yards for a touchdown with 10:58 left in the third quarter. That pick-six gave the Chiefs a 10-10 tie, marking the first time they hadn’t trailed in the game. 

The Chiefs and Bills then traded field goals, and it would once again be up to the Kansas City defense to break the logjam. With 12:47 left in the game, that’s exactly what the defense did when outside linebacker Tamba Hali returned a fumble by T.J. Graham (it was forced by cornerback Marcus Cooper) and took it to the house, giving the Chiefs a lead they would never relinquish. With the win, the Chiefs took their 2013 record to 9-0.

For those interested in quarterback wins as a viable statistic, you may be interested to know that Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith completed 19-of-29 passes for 124 yards and no touchdowns on the day. This game marked the fifth this season in which Smith failed to throw a touchdown pass, so don’t be fooled by the easy narrative — the Chiefs are winning games with defense as much or more than with anything else.

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10 comments
Kelly12
Kelly12

Why is it that people think wins are only legitimate if they are won by the offense?  Yes, the Chiefs' offense has glaring weaknesses, but the defense is strong.  Why does that make the Chiefs just lucky and not good?  I can't believe how many people love to say the Chiefs stink when they are 9-0.  I mean, Seattle almost lost to Tampa Bay who is 0-8.  Indy barely beat the Houston Texans.  The Chiefs manage to win every week but they get zero respect.    

Vincent4
Vincent4

Have loved the Chiefs for 45 years, but I can feel the unraveling in my bones.  They will have a year to be proud of (especially after last year), but will not go the distance.

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

The Chiefs may be winning with Defense, but last year they won only 2 games and the big changes have been Alex Smith and Andy Reid.  QBs don't necessarily win games, but they certainly can lose a game all by themselves.  Alex Smith doesn't lose games for teams.  He does what he needs to do.

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

Better lucky than good, turnovers again. Out-gained 5 to 1 on ground, alex smith had 150 yrds total passing vs a rookie backup QB. Expect chiefs to get smashed when they play Denver

nyhoukcdal
nyhoukcdal

The defense is legit.  The offense is low risk, which is fine up to a point, but eventually, they've got to start scoring a bit more.  This formula worked for KC in the 90's, but that was a more run-oriented era, when 40 pt games were remarkable, not commonplace.  

PatrickBatemanVP
PatrickBatemanVP

Great start so far KC. Lets see a win against an over 0.500 team.

raja.govindarajan
raja.govindarajan

We will get our respect when we beat Denver on Nov 17th at the Mile High (or whatever the heck it is called). 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I don't hear many talking the Chiefs down, ike. The Chiefs will almost certainly be the first team to clinch a playoff spot. And I'd love to know what the odds of that were at the start of the season. 

ike's
ike's

Look at McCluster's diving touchdown catch week 8 against Cleveland.  Just keep talking us down & we just keep on winning.  Even the broadcast team today was all Bills' "in your face, Chiefs"!  Come on, Man!  Just a little respect?



RobertSmith
RobertSmith

@FredFlintsone Alex Smith did not have any passing yards versus a rookie backup QB.  In fact, he was never on the field the same time as the RBQB.  His passing came against the Bills defense ... the same defense that intercepted Tom Brady  and held him to a 76.4 QB rating.  Smith was not intercepted and had a 74.5 rating.  Both the Bills and the Patriots won close games.