The Kansas City Chiefs nearly lost Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills but through great plays and good luck they were able to pull it out. It wasn't a complete performance as the Chiefs had breakdowns at a couple of critical times but those breakdowns were followed by big stops. As usual, there was some good and some bad.
Overall, I'm grading this performance as a B. The defense did a lot of things I liked -- except for a few breakdowns late in the game -- and the offense was highlighted by the third straight week of 200-plus rushing yards.
Here are my grades for the Chiefs and Bills game. Please vote in the poll with your overall grade.
How high or low can I go with this one? On the one hand, the passing game was miserable at times. That deserves a C or worse in my mind. But on the other hand the rushing attack was dominant as the Chiefs consistently moved the ball up and down the field even without the touchdowns. That part of their offense deserves an A. So I'll split the difference and knock them down slightly because of the lack of touchdowns.
I liked that defense a lot. Buffalo couldn't do anything until the fourth quarter and overtime. Ryan Fitzpatrick ended up completing just 50 percent of his passes and had a turnover. Their running game was held in check all day and the Chiefs consistently got pressure on Fitzpatrick including three sacks. The Chiefs defense also forced three fumbles (but didn't recover any). Buffalo didn't get much of anything going offensively until the fourth quarter and OT.
Special teams: B
The return game wasn't anything special on either side of the ball but Dustin Colquitt was solid for most of the afternoon. This really was a field position game and the Chiefs made the Bills go the distance most of the time. Ryan Succop lost the game on a missed field goal and then later won the game on a made field goal.