There was a lot that the win over Kansas City had to offer so here’s the rundown this week.
BEST START: Blake Costanzo – The Bills coverage player came down the field like a freight train on the opening kickoff and forced a fumble on impact, but the Chiefs recovered.
BEST TWO MAN DRIVE: Marshawn Lynch/Fred Jackson – The two backs accounted for all of the yardage on Buffalo’s first touchdown drive. Nine plays, 61 yards, all Lynch and Jackson.
BEST THIRD DOWN STOP: Copeland Bryan – His third down sack at the Chiefs one-yard line not only forced a punt, but ensured that Buffalo would have great field position.
BEST USE OF HELMET: Reggie Corner – The nickel back forced Jamaal Charles to fumble when his helmet popped the ball loose allowing George Wilson to recover the ball.
BEST GAME CHANGER: Leodis McKelvin – His 64-yard interception return was the turning point of the game.
BEST TACKLE FOR LOSS: Chris Kelsay – His stop on Larry Johnson on a 3rd-and-1 forced the Chiefs to punt… again. Kelsay had two tackles for loss in the game.
BEST PASS: Trent Edwards – His 51-yard bomb to Lee Evans was laid out perfectly for the wide receiver despite tight coverage.
BEST ENCORE: Leodis McKelvin – His second interception looked as though he baited Tyler Thigpen to throw it and quickly closed the space between him and the receiver once the ball was in the air to make a play on it.
BEST IMPROVISATION: Trent Edwards – His roll out to the right was partly by design, but he extended the play an extra second or so and completed a 20-yard pass along the sideline to Josh Reed.
BEST GO FOR BROKE MOVE: Trent Edwards – With no timeouts left and the first half clock winding down, Edwards took off for the goal line and leapt up and over two Chiefs defenders for the touchdown.
BEST JOHNNY ON THE SPOT: Marcus Stroud – His deft scoop of a Tyler Thigpen fumble set the Bills up for another field goal deep in Chiefs territory.
BEST HIT: Ryan Denney – His crack on Larry Johnson in the hole stood the big back straight up at the line of scrimmage on a 1st-and-10 play.
BEST SEPARATOR: Josh Reed – Somehow the Bills receiver was sitting by himself in the back of the end zone where Trent Edwards found him for an eight-yard touchdown reception.
BEST KEEPING OF A COOL HEAD: Marshawn Lynch – After Bernard Pollard cracked him when he got up at the tail end of a run play, Lynch wisely did not retaliate. Pollard’s infraction cost the Chiefs another 15 yards and a first down. One play later Buffalo was back in the end zone.
BEST PRESENCE: George Wilson – The reserve safety tied for the team lead in tackles, had a sack, tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.
BEST SPECIAL TEAMER: Blake Costanzo – The coverage man had an incomprehensible six special teams tackles, which was more than the entire Chiefs special teams unit combined and had a pair of forced fumbles.
BEST RETURN: Josh Reed – The Bills possession receiver made a significant impact in his return from injury with five catches for 50 yards including a touchdown, his first in two years.
BEST POINT PRODUCER: Rian Lindell – The Bills kicker had a career high 18 points in the game and now has 600 for his career becoming just the third Bills player in team history to reach that mark.
Tags: Blake Costanzo, Chris Kelsay, Copeland Bryan, Fred Jackson, George Wilson, Josh Reed, Leodis McKelvin, Marcus Stroud, Marshawn Lynch, Reggie Corner, Rian Lindell, Ryan Denney, Trent Edwards
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