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Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. This one's gonna hurt...

On the most dismal opening day the Chiefs have ever seen, the ominous signs for their 2011 season were plentiful.

The worst bit of negative news is this: They have another game to play next Sunday, this one at the revitalized Detroit Lions.

The Chiefs can’t possibly fare worse in Detroit than they did in Sunday’s 41-7 loss to Buffalo at Arrowhead Stadium, the worst opening-day defeat in franchise history.

Open and Shut: Chiefs Fall Flat in Loss to Bills from KC Star

Is there a reset button? If there was, the Chiefs would have probably pressed it following the opening kickoff in Sunday’s season opener vs. Buffalo...

...If it existed, the reset button would have gotten a workout with the Chiefs being outplayed in every facet of the 41-7 loss.

"We were bad," Head Coach Todd Haley said. "We were bad from start to finish.

The Morning After: Buffalo from The Mothership

KC Star Photo Gallery: Bills 41, Chiefs 7 | Sunday, Sept. 11

KC Star Photo Gallery: Fans turn out at Arrowhead as Chiefs open season

NFL.com Video: Gameday: Bills vs. Chiefs Highlights

NFL.com Video: Chiefs Postgame Press Conference

This epic failure wasn’t entirely Haley’s fault, of course. Dexter McCluster fumbled the opening kickoff. Matt Cassel averaged about 3 yards per pass. Eric Berry missed most of the game with a knee injury, and the Bills exploited what appeared to be the Chiefs’ secondary from 2009.

Oh, and general manager Scott Pioli sat on millions of dollars in salary cap space with a roster still lacking a right tackle, a second pass-rusher, run-stoppers up front and depth all over the field.

The Chiefs' Epic Failure Could Linger from KC Star

Led by four QB Ryan Fitzpatrick touchdown passes, the Buffalo Bills defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 41-7 in the 2011 season opener Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Buffalo outgained the Chiefs 364-to-213 in total net yardage and possessed the ball for 37:02, compared to 22:58 for the Chiefs.

Chiefs Fall to Bills 41-7 in Season Opener from The Mothership

The Chiefs lost 41-7, and their defense was a prime reason why. There was the lack of an effective pass rush, and a secondary that, for one Sunday and perhaps more, went missing in action.

As if the loss itself wasn’t bad enough, second-year safety Eric Berry, one of the team’s most promising defenders, injured his knee and had to be helped off the field.

Chiefs Lose Berry, Struggle on Defense from KC Star

Before Sunday, Buffalo tight end Scott Chandler had caught one pass for 8 yards in an NFL career that began in 2007 and includes stints with San Diego, the New York Giants, Dallas and four games with the Bills last year.

Chandler, who was Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki’s predecessor at Iowa, burned the Chiefs with five receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday.

Chiefs Buzz: Sorry Special Teams; Bills' Secret Weapon from KC Star

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On today’s game: "As a team, we have to get better. It starts in practice. The good thing [is] we’ve got another game next week. This is not the playoffs. We’re going to go on. We’ve got a few more games to go and we’ll see what happens."

Chiefs Postgame Player Comments from The Mothership

How do you get back the home-field advantage: "It is just one game. We have a lot more opportunities to play here at home. Personally speaking, I am embarrassed to go out there and do that in front of our crowd. We need to take great pride in being dominant at home because we have such a great fan base. They are the twelfth man."

Matt Cassel Postgame Comments from The Mothership

Was there a specific moment on the sideline when you sensed Buffalo was more prepared for this game than the Chiefs? "Probably the first kickoff return."

Todd Haley Postgame Comments from The Mothership

Gailey, who was the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator in 2008 under Herm Edwards, knows full well the potency of the Arrowhead crowd — how, at its loudest, it can fluster an opposing offense into miscues and turnovers.

When some in the stands began booing the home team, it was music to his ears.

"That was a concern for us," Gailey said of the crowd factor. "But after we scored a couple of times, they were more concerned about getting on their own team than they were about disrupting us."

Bills' Domination Silences Arrowhead Crowd from KC Star

With a retooled defense and composure oozing from career backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Bills romped to a 41-7 victory in one of the most hostile venues in the NFL. Fitzpatrick threw four TD passes, Jackson ran for 112 yards, and a team that hasn't reached the playoffs since the '90s handed Kansas City its worst season-opening defeat in franchise history.

Fitzpatrick Lead Bills to 41-7 Romp Over Chiefs from The Associated Press

Are the Chiefs really this bad?

Sunday went much worse than anyone could’ve predicted. The new assignment for Haley’s staff is to identify the problems and fix them, even though time isn’t on Kansas City’s side. This is mostly the same group that went 10-6 and won the AFC West last year, so the talent is there. The preparation was missing Sunday — that’s fixable — but the Chiefs missed a big chance at a victory against the Bills.

Chiefs Blitz: A Look at the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from the Bills Game from KC Star

The Chiefs led the NFL in rushing last season, and the Bills were the worst team in the league against the run. But the Chiefs didn’t run the ball on consecutive plays until the final drive of the first half in their 41-7 loss to the Bills.

The Chiefs had a Pro Bowl quarterback in Matt Cassel, a Pro Bowl wide receiver in Dwayne Bowe and a much-hyped free agent signing in wide receiver Steve Breaston.

Bowe and Breaston combined for four receptions for 43 yards.

Offense Lacks Identity Against Buffalo from KC Star

There was a great shot on NFL Redzone last night showing Kansas City Chiefs fans leaving by their thousands long before the end of their 41-7 home loss to the Buffalo Bills. The scene spoke volumes for what the KC faithful thought of their team on opening day.

It Adds Up for Newton from Sky Sports

Some of us suspected the Kansas City Chiefs were headed for a fall, and the manner in which they were massacred 41-7 by Buffalo was reassuring. Are the Chiefs going under their win total of 7½? What seemed a solid bet a week ago looks a lot better now.

Romo's Blunders Cost Dallas, Not Books from The Las Vegas Review-Journal

Having said that, I do not like what I see out of the Chiefs. Kansas City had a bad summer on the field, never looked in sync on either side of the ball, lost Matt Cassel's best weapon (tight end Tony Moeaki) to a season-ending knee injury, and was powerless to stop the Bills in the worst home-opening defeat, 41-7, in franchise history. Bad signs abound in KC.

MMQB from Sports Illustrated

That's enough for today, don't you think?