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First quarter analysis: Tyrod Taylor leads Bills to rare first-quarter lead vs. Chiefs

Is that ... a lead?

The Bills held a 7-0 advantage on the Chiefs after 15 minutes of play, giving them their first lead after one quarter of play all season.

Yes, in Week 12.

The Bills' offense has struggled in the first quarter all season, but has shown signs of life in the last two weeks. LeSean McCoy's 27-yard scoring run last week against the Chargers was the Bills' first first-quarter touchdown of the season, and Tyrod Taylor connected with Zay Jones late in the first quarter against the Chiefs for an 11-yard score that put Buffalo ahead early.

The game opened in thrilling fashion, with each team punting on its first three drives. But Taylor's offense got going on its fourth possession, driving 58 yards in nine plays for a touchdown. Brandon Tate set them up with good field position on a 20-yard punt return.

The Bills defense held Alex Smith and the Chiefs to 18 yards in the first quarter.

Free Eddie: Defensive end Eddie Yarbrough started in place of 2016 first-round pick Shaq Lawson, who has one sack in his last six games.

Reggie says hi: Former Bills linebacker Reggie Ragland made his presence felt in the first quarter with a few solid hits on McCoy. He made three first-quarter tackles, which led all players.

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