Chiefs, Edwards-Helaire run away with 26-17 win over Bills
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Clyde Edwards-Helaire showed new teammate Le’Veon Bell and the rest of the NFL how dominant the Kansas City Chiefs’ running attack is already.
The rookie had 161 yards rushing and Patrick Mahomes threw two touchdown passes to Travis Kelce, leading the Chiefs to a 26-17 win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night in a game that was originally scheduled for last Thursday.
Mahomes finished 21 of 26 for 225 yards. His first scoring toss to Kelce was the 90th of his career in his 37th game, breaking the NFL record for fewest games to 90 TD passes. Hall of Famer Dan Marino had the previous mark at 40 games.
Darrel Williams scored on 13-yard run to cap a nearly eight-minute, 82-yard drive that gave the Chiefs a 20-10 lead with 1:18 left in the third quarter, effectively sealing the game.
The Chiefs are off to a their third 5-1 start in four seasons, and they bounced back from a sloppy 40-32 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Oct. 11.
Last week, Kansas City added another weapon to its high-powered offense by signing Bell a few days after he was cut by the New York Jets. Bell is expected to make his debut this weekend at Denver.
“I can’t wait,” Bell tweeted during the game.
Buffalo (4-2) lost its second straight. The Bills fell 42-16 at Tennessee last Tuesday, a game that was moved because of a COVID-19 outbreak on the Titans. That led to the Kansas City-Buffalo game being pushed back as well.
The Chiefs, who were originally scheduled to play three games in 11 days, wound up having two extra days of rest on Buffalo.
Josh Allen finished 14 of 27 for 122 yards with touchdown passes to Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley.
In what was supposed to be a showdown of the NFL’s top passers, the Chiefs leaned on their running game to help keep the Allen-led Bills cooling their heels on the sideline.
The Chiefs dominated time of possession by more than 15 minutes, rushing 46 times — the most in eight seasons under coach Andy Reid — for 245 yards. It was the first time Kansas City topped 200 yards rushing since Mahmoes took over the starting job.
Buffalo’s run defense had its worst outing since giving up 273 yards in a loss to New England on Dec. 23, 2018.
The Chiefs, up 23-17, avoided a major scare when Buffalo’s Justin Zimmer stripped the ball from Edwards-Helaire at the Kansas City 30. The play was ruled a fumble on the field, but that call was overturned after replays showed Edwards-Helaire’s knee was down.
Two plays later, on third-and-11, Mahomes scrambled out of trouble and hit Byron Pringle for 37 yards.
The drive finished with Harrison Butker hitting a 30-yard field goal with 1:56 left.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WROC) — The Bills will have Tre’Davious White, John Brown and Zack Moss back from injury offense against the Chiefs. On defense, Matt Milano is still out.
There is also a shakeup on the defensive line. Trent Murphy and Harrison Phillips are healthy scratches, while Bryan Cox, Jr. and Justin Zimmer were called up to the active roster from the practice squad.
The temperature is in the 50’s and there’s very little wind, but a misty rain has been falling the last few hours. Every ball will be wet, but the weather should not overtly affect this game.
The Chiefs won the toss and elected to defer. Buffalo will start with the ball first
The Bills first possession did not go well. To put it lightly. Josh Allen missed a wide open Cole Beasley behind and then overthrew John Brown by two yards. On third and ten, Allen put a really good ball on Brown that would have landed a first down, but it bounced off Brown’s facemask. Corey Bojorquez did uncork a 58 yard punt.
The Chiefs picked up a couple first downs on their first possession, but excellent coverage on a third and 4 at midfield got the Bills defense off the field.
A 24 yard Andre Roberts punt return gets the Bills started on their 32 for the second drive. They get on the board first with a field goal. Allen converted a pair of third and longs–one with his legs (and a friendly spot), one with his arm. However, he missed touchdowns to Stefon Diggs and probably Devin Singletary. Allen has missed seven of his first nine throws, but the Bills lead 3-0 thanks to a Tyler Bass 48 yard field in the rain that was hammered down the middle.
The Chiefs need only five plays to answer. Clyde Edwards-Helaire opened the drive with a 31 yard burst over a hole KC could have driven two trucks through. The last two plays were 22 yard passes to DeMarcus Robinson and an 11 yard throw to Travis Kelce. Tremaine Edmunds did not do much in terms of staying with Kelce, who juggled the pass and turned to run the final five yards to the end zone. Buffalo now trails 7-3.
The Bills closed the first quarter with a couple of short Allen runs. The first converted a third and two. They never looked all that comfortable, but a Chiefs pass interference on third and long gave Buffalo a first and goal. The flag was a bonus on a pass that had little chance of being completed to Stefon Diggs. Allen squeezed one to Diggs on the sideline with the next snap. The Bills top wideout did a great job to get both feet down and the Bills re-take the lead.
The Chiefs go right back in front on a 12 play drive that featured 36 yards on four carries by Edwards-Helaire. Mahomes fumble the snap on the first play and KC had to covert a 3rd and 6 wit ha screen to Darrel Williams for 15 yards. From there, the Chiefs ran it the next six plays and reached the Bills ten yard line. A holding penalty put KC in third and 7 at the 11, but Mahomes found Kelce for his second TD catch on a pretty throw to the back corner of the end zone. The PAT was no good, so Buffalo only down three at 13-10.
Buffalo gets a couple first downs, but Singletary run for -6 leads to 3rd and 9 and Frank Clark knocks down an Allen pass to force a punt.
The end of the half was a bit bananas. KC took over with 74 seconds left at their own ten. Kelce made a catch with 20 seconds left and was running near midfield when A.J. Klein forced a fumble. The Bills recovered with six seconds left. On the next play, the Chiefs failed to cover Diggs who caught a pass for about 15 yards and stepped out of bounds with one second left. But Bass badly missed on a 52-yard field goal try and the score remained 13-10 at the half.
The Chiefs got to midfield on the first drive of the second half, but had to punt. Josh Norman nearly had an interception on a Mahomes ill-advised throw. Buffalo was just about as ineffective with their first possession. Allen had Cole Beasley over the middle to convert 3rd and six, but just put the ball too far out in front.
It proved to be a costly miss. Kansas City went 82 yards on 13 plays and scored on a 4th and 1 rush of 13 yards by Darrell Williams. All but 20 of the yards were on the ground. Bills now down two scores at 20-10.
The Bills went three and out to open the fourth quarter and were fortunate to do so. The first play of the final period was a third and one where Zack Moss got hit deep in the backfield and did well to make it back to the line of scrimmage. The Bills tried to rush to the line on 4th and 1 for an Allen QB sneak. He was stopped short, but Mitch Morse was called for a false start the negated the fourth down stop. Bojorquez uncorked another huge punt that netted 65 yards after a holding penalty and pinned the Chiefs at their own six yard line.
The Chiefs weren’t pinned for long. Two late hits out of bounds helped (one by Tre White, the second by Jordan Poyer. Neither was even close to a question). The Bills do hang in the game by coming up with a pair of run stops on 2nd and 1 that force a 37 yard Harrison Butker field goal. It’s now 23-10.
Finally, the Buffalo offense comes to life. A six play, 75 yard drive gets Buffalo down the field in just 2:33. Allen hit Beasley for an 8-yard TD. Buffalo never faced a third down on the drive and the Chiefs helped with a couple of small flags. Regardless, the Bills are a live rally candidate down only six with still over six minutes to play.
And then the Chiefs did Chiefs things, killing clock on the way to a win, as defending Super Bowl champions often do …
Bills — 26
Chiefs — 17
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