KANSAS CITY, Mo. – They didn't earn any style points, but the Buffalo Bills found a way to get the job done Sunday. Their 16-10 win over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium kept them firmly in the playoff mix.
If Houston beats Baltimore on Monday Night Football, the Bills will once again hold the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC.
"We are focused on what we do," coach Sean McDermott said after Sunday's game. "I mean, the adversity that this team has been through – these guys push through. The coaches push through. They bonded together and they invested and that is where it starts. ... This is a good football team and to go on the road like we have and face adversity like we have and to push through it like we did, like our players and coaches did, was phenomenal.”
Here's a look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling for the Bills after Week 12.
• CB Tre'Davious White: The first-year pro continues to build a case for Defensive Rookie of the Year. White had the game-clinching interception and was barely tested by the Chiefs. According to analytics website Pro Football Focus, he allowed just one catch for 6 yards in being thrown at three times.
• TE Charles Clay: His four catches and 60 receiving yards both led the team. Clay also earned a positive grade for his run blocking from PFF. He played 64 percent of the offensive snaps as he continues to fight through a knee injury that has made him a limited practice participant.
• P Colton Schmidt: Four of his seven punts were covered inside the Chiefs' 20-yard line. On a windy day in Arrowhead, Schmidt expertly used directional punts with good hang time to limit the opportunities for Kansas City returner Tyreek Hill, one of the most explosive players in the NFL. Schmidt's performance was a big reason why the Bills enjoyed better field position for most of the game.
• RB LeSean McCoy: On 22 carries, McCoy was stopped for no gain or lost yardage on 10 of them. He finished with 49 yards on those 22 carries, an average of just 2.2 per rush. That's been the type of season it's been for McCoy, who has been either really good or really bad.
• WR Jordan Matthews: Buffalo's No. 1 receiver to start the season, Matthews was third in snaps at the position Sunday, behind Zay Jones and Deonte Thompson. He finished with two catches for 15 yards. He's on pace to have the worst season of his four-year professional career, which is bad timing approaching unrestricted free agency.
• LT Dion Dawkins: The rookie allowed a team-high five quarterback hurries, according to PFF. He also had a holding penalty that erased a long gain by McCoy in the second half and knocked the Bills out of field-goal range.