Andy Reid showed again why he’s such an outstanding offensive coach.
The Chiefs’ offensive line was all banged up and they’re without multi-deimensional superstar Jamaal Charles. Yet Reid mixed plays, used the quick game and squeezed out enough offense to beat the Bills.
Reid is 155-110-1 as an NFL head coach over 17 seasons. He got the better of Rex Ryan’s defense. Ryan is 51-55 in seven NFL seasons.
It was masterful the way Reid used receiver screens and got the most of third string running back Spencer Ware.
REX’S PASS RUSH: Kansas City entered the game allowing the third most sacks in the NFL – 34. Yes, the Bills were without Mario Williams. But why can’t Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman generate more rush? They did it with less rush talent in New York. His overload blitzes aren’t getting there. How a Bills defense that had 54 sacks last year and 57 sacks in 2013 could have just 16 through 11 games is mystifying. Ryan is struggling mightily to fit his scheme to the Bills’ talent. Who could have guessed?
D TO BLAME: You know it: This loss was on the defense. Much of the talk is going to be about the replay challenges that weren't called. But the D is on the hook for this one.
JERRY NEUTRALIZED: Jerry Hughes has been sensational this season, but the Chiefs neutralized him. He could not get close to Alex Smith thanks in part to the KC quarterback’s mobility. Backup left tackle Donald Stepehnson did a good job pass blocking on Hughes, although he had some help from the tight end.
TWO KEY NO-CHALLENGES: While we’re busy second-guessing, how about Ryan’s challenge selections? He challenged a relatively meaningless second-down incompletion to Robert Woods. But what about the deep pass for 37 yards to Jeremy Maclin that hit the ground in the second quarter? And what about the pass over the middle to Chris Hogan on the Bills’ final drive. Yeah, you’d hate to lose a time out, and maybe given the difficulty of interpreting the NFL catch rules it wouldn’t have been overturned. But it was more worth the challenge than the Woods play.