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Kansas City Chiefs defense makes a play when they need it the most

Highlighting a few of the important contributions from the Kansas City Chiefs defense on Sunday as they beat the Buffalo Bills.

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Each week we are picking the Teammates Of The Week and this week was a little difficult to do.

It can't be anyone on the offensive side of the ball given how much they struggled. Eric Fisher had what I thought was arguably his best game as a pro but picking an offensive lineman for an award is soooo boring, so we pass on him.

Special teams is a consideration with Ryan Succop kicking field goals and Dustin Colquitt pinning the Bills deeeeep in their own territory, especially late in the game.

Defensively is a little difficult to pick too because the Chiefs weren't perfect on that side of the ball (despite, you know, scoring two touchdowns). But I have to roll with the defense.

So, being unable to pick just one "star", I have three players for my Teammates Of The Week, and they're all on defense.

First up is Sean Smith, who made the biggest play at a time when the Chiefs needed a play the most. Check out this win probability graph from Pro Football Reference:


That spike is from Smith's interception return for a touchdown. The Chiefs were facing what would have been their largest deficit of the season. But, like clockwork, the Chiefs defense came up with a massive play when it was needed the most.

Second would be Dontari Poe. We're so spoiled by him. Nose tackles of his size simply don't platy every snap in the game as Poe did on Sunday in Buffalo. That just doesn't happen. He's a freak of nature. The best part is that he still had a terrific game, notching his highest grade against the run, according to Pro Football Focus.

Third, the rookie. Marcus Cooper. For real though, are we starting the Defensive Rookie of the Year discussion?

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