The Buffalo Bills made an early season statement in the AFC, hammering the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, 38-20 at Arrowhead Stadium. Emerging quarterback Josh Allen threw for 315 yards, while Micah Hyde returned a tipped Patrick Mahomes pass for a 26 yard score for Buffalo (4-1).
The loss continues a negative trend of poor defense combined with multiple turnovers for Kansas City, as the Chiefs fell to 2-3 in a game that saw four turnovers, including two interceptions and a lost fumble committed by Mahomes. The win for Buffalo over Kansas City is just the second in the last seven tries.
In addition to their poor play, the two-time defending AFC champion Chiefs were ravaged by injuries, with running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire leaving the game with a knee injury early in the second half. Starting left guard Joe Thuney fractured his hand early in the game before returning with a cast on his hand in playing the remainder of the game. Tight end Travis Kelce suffered a hard blow to the head midway through the final quarter, leading the concussion concerns, while Tyreek Hill sustained a knee injury, but is not expected to miss any time.
Emmanuel Sanders had a pair of TD catches in Sunday’s win for the Bills, while tight end Dawson Knox had 117 yards receiving and Allen’s other scoring pass.
Kansas City, remaining in last place in the AFC West at 2-3, despite losses by division rivals Las Vegas and Denver, will play at Washington next weekend.
Here is the NFL scoreboard for Sunday, October 10, 2021:
Atlanta 27, NY Jets 20 (London, England)
Philadelphia 21, Carolina 18
Green Bay 25, Cincinnati 22 (OT)
New England 25, Houston 22
Tennessee 37, Jacksonville 19
Minnesota 19, Detroit 17
Pittsburgh 27, Denver 19
Tampa Bay 45, Miami 17
New Orleans 33, Washington 22
Chicago 20, Las Vegas 9
LA Chargers 47, Cleveland 42
Arizona 17, San Francisco 10
Dallas 44, NY Giants 20
Indianapolis at Baltimore – Monday, 10/11/21 on ESPN
Photo credit – Wikimedia Commons / Kansas City, MO