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BDC 9/17: Bills vs. Chiefs Recap

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on September 17, 2012 – 10:08 am


–The Buffalo Bills notched their first win of the 2012 season on Sunday by topping the Kansas City Chiefs 35-17 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in front of a sold-out crowd. The Bills distanced themselves from the Chiefs early on, tallying a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter. RB C.J. Spiller, fresh off winning the FedEx ground player of the week, led the attack for Buffalo. Spiller went on to finish the game with 123 yards on 15 attempts via the ground, notching his second 100-yard game to open the season, becoming the fourth Bill to ever achieve the feat and the first player since Jim Brown in 1963 to average 10-plus yards per carry through the first two games of the season (min. 25 attempts). The Bills’ defense made their mark by forcing three turnovers and tallying five sacks—all of which were highlighted by a goal line stand to end the first half which sent the Bills into the locker room with a 21-0 lead. DT Kyle Williams led the Bills’ defensive effort, finding his way into the Chiefs’ backfield and notching two sacks. On the turnover front, LB Bryan Scott and DE Mario Williams each picked up a fumble recovery, and FS Jairus Byrd picked off a Chiefs’ QB Matt Cassel pass late in the fourth quarter to end the game.

–’s Peter King has named Bills LT Cordy Glenn his ‘Dr. Z Unsung Man in the Trenches of the Week.’ The award goes to the offensive lineman who was the biggest factor for his team in the weekend’s games. Click here to read what King wrote about Glenn>>>

WGR 550 – The Howard Simon Show
Chan Gailey
Ryan Fitzpatrick

NFL Network – NFL AM
CJ Spiller – 8:25 AM

Fan 590 – Jeff Blair Show
Scott Chandler – 9:40 AM

PFT Live
CJ Spiller – 12:20 PM

Jim Rome Show
CJ Spiller – 12:35 PM

WGR 550 – Schopp and the Bulldog
Stevie Johnson – 4:00 PM 

RB C.J. Spiller
–123 rushing yds. … 3rd 100-yd. rushing game of career, 2nd of season (had 169 last week at N.Y.J.) … 15th player in Bills history with 3+ 100-yd. rushing performance … 1st streak of 100-yd. rushing games … has 100+ rush yds. in 3 of last 4 games

–5th time a Bill has topped 100 rush yds. in each of first two games of season, joining O.J. Simpson (1973 & 1975), Thurman Thomas (1991), and Fred Jackson (2011)

— 292 yds. in first two games of season rank 3rd in team history, behind only 400 by O.J. Simpson in 1973 and 353 by Simpson in 1975

–Has averaged 5.41 yds. per rushing attempt in career (210-1,136) … today surpassed 200 career att., qualifying him for all-time team record; 2nd highest average is held by O.J. Simpson (4.80 – 2,123-10,183), with #3 position held by current Bill Fred Jackson (4.63 – 823-3,809)

CB Leodis McKelvin
–Scored TD on 88-yd. punt return in 3rd qtr. to give Bills 35-3 lead … 2nd PR TD of career (80-yd. PR TD 12/24/11 vs. Den.) … 5th player in club history with 2+ PR TDs, joining Keith Moody (3), Roscoe Parrish (3),

Hagood Clarke (2), and Nate Clements (2)–88-yd. return was 2nd longest in team history (see list, left) and was new career-long (previous: 80-yd. TD., 12/24/11 vs. Den.)

–7th player in Bills history to have 4+ return TDs (by any method) … has also scored on INT return (11/23/08 at K.C.) and on kickoff return (11/17/08 vs. Cle.)

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
–Threw 2 TDs passes (10 yds. to Scott Chandler & 49 yds. to Steve Johnson) … 17th multi-TD game in career, second in row (had 3 last week at N.Y.J.)

–Has TD in 33 of 41 games played as Bill

–61 career TDs with Bills remains 4th on club all-time chart (see list, left) … 16 behind #3 Jack Kemp (77) –Has thrown 19 TD passes to Steve Johnson … the Fitzpatrick-Johnson combo is one of just 8 tandems in team history with 19+ TDs (see details in Johnson section, above) and is now tied for 6th with Jim Kelly-James Lofton and Kelly-Thurman Thomas

DT Kyle Williams
–2 sacks yesterday … 4th career multi-sack game (others: 12/3/09 vs. N.Y.J., 10/31/10 at K.C., 11/28/10 vs. Pit.)

–Now has 4 sacks vs. K.C., the most vs. any opponent (2nd: 3 vs. N.Y.J.) 


Head Coach Chan Gailey
On focusing on the run early on:
That was a plan for this week. May not be next week but this was the plan this week. They were playing a defense that allowed us to have pretty good matchups in the run game out of certain personnel groups. We wanted to go take advantage of it, so that is what we did. I thought our guys were pretty physical coming off the football and we were able to establish the run game extremely well early in the ball game.

On getting some identity going offensively:
That is what we would rather be. We would rather be a physical run team that throws it when they have to or throws it on surprise situations. That is what we would rather be. We will continue to work down this path as much as we can. Some weeks they do not allow you to do that. They overload the box and you have to go throw it. We understand that. 

On the cornerbacks being more aggressive:
Yes. That was by design. We wanted to be more physical out there on the edges. Play tighter coverage. We gave up one or two but they were much more physical on the outside and they took it to heart. 

On how much better the offensive and defensive lines played:
I do not have that answer other than to say our guys understood exactly what we were trying to get done this week. I think we came out to play more physical this week. We came out to play physical last week but we did not get it done. I thought the matchups were favorable this week as well. 

On the heart DT Marcell Dareus showed:
It is amazing and I am proud of our football team for rallying around him. It is not easy what he is going through and the situation he finds himself. So that is impressive on his part individually and to me impressive about our football team and the way they have reacted and helped.

RB C.J. Spiller
Spiller commenting on Chan Gailey’s comments:
I just had great weeks of preparation. Our offense did a great job of covering these guys up. We knew coming into this game we had to be very decisive running. We had to put our foot down and getting what it takes. It all starts with preparation.  I do the same thing every week; I read hard and run hard at practice. It really is just translating it on Sundays. 

On the on team victory:
We have great character on this team.  This not a one-man show. It is going to take all 53 guys. Everybody did that today. I was very pleasing to get the home opener win. 

On how fun it is to answer questions when the Bills win:
It is always better to answer the questions when you win. I mean but at the same time you have to have great character because there is going to be adversity so you have to have the same calmness about it. I got great advice from guys. Fred Jackson challenged me today to go out there and put the team on my back. So when that comes down from the leader you know you have to step your game up.


Bills RB C.J. Spiller led the team in receiving and rushing yards on Sunday. Spiller racked up 123-yards on the ground including two rushing touchdowns and three receptions for 47-yards.  

Buffalo News-Spiller, Bills run over Chiefs 

Buffalo News-Pressed by coaches, Bills’ Gilmore rebounds

Buffalo News-Spiller turns heads as Bills’ shooting star

Buffalo News-Dareus finds solace in return to field

Buffalo News-Glenn puts athleticism on display

Buffalo News-Report Card

Buffalo News-Quarter by quarter

Buffalo News-Creative solution could resolve stadium issue

Rochester D&C-Buffalo Bills throttle Kansas City Chiefs

Rochester D&C-Mario Williams makes up for bad first impression

Rochester D&C-Buffalo Bills unveil blueprint for winning games

Rochester D&C-Buffalo Bills dominate Kansas City Chiefs

Associated Press-Spiller sparks Bills’ 35-17 rout over Chiefs

Sportsnet-Emotional win for Bills’ Dareus

Wellsville Daily Reporter-Spiller, Bills run past Chiefs

Toronto Star-Buffalo Bills wallop Kansas City Chiefs 35-17 in home opener

Auburn Citizen-Buffalo Bills Week 2 Report Card uplifted by fans and victory bounce back win for Bills over Chiefs C.J. Spiller: ”This is not a one-man show” Head coach Chan Gailey complete showing by Bills ‘D’

Audio/Video/Photo Clips
Bills Focus: Secondary A Primary Factor
Stevie Johnson on His Touchdown Catch
Leodis McKelvin on His Touchdown Return
Bills Roundup: Spiller Leads the Way in Big Win
Kyle Williams Postgame Press Conference
Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference
C.J. Spiller Postgame Press Conference
Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference
Buffalo Bills defensive back Leodis McKelvin punt return touchdown
Bills alumni gather at home opener
Chiefs vs Bills highlights
Cassel intercepted to end game
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson 49-yard touchdown
Chiefs vs. Bills highlights
Bills recover HIllis’ fumble on the goal line
Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick 10-yard TD pass
Buffalo running back C.J. Spiller 38-yard run
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller’s 5-yard touchdown run
Ryan Fitzpatrick scramble
C.J. Spiller touchdown 

WGR 550
For the 2nd straight week, it’s only one game
A Complete 180
Bills Win Home Opener 35-17
Buscaglia: Sideline Reactions: Bills 35 – Chiefs 17 

Recap of Bills home opener vs.Chiefs 

Bills Beat Chiefs
Bills – Chiefs Inactives
Russo Blog – Bills bounce back, beat Chiefs 

Bills Report Card-Week 2
Bills Roundtable – Post Chiefs
Bills Win Home Opener Against Chiefs 35-17 

Spiller sparks Bills’ 35-17 rout over Chiefs 

Bills execute in win over Chiefs
Bills Bounce Back 

Pitoniak: Spiller carries Bills to victory 

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Wood: We won’t accept cheap shots, George okay after shake up hit, C.J. is Jim Brown good?, Bills Backers celebrate win, Chiefs inactives, Bills inactives, Searcy to rotate with Wilson, Chan asks Spiller to talk to T.J.

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Bills O-linemen accuse Tamba Hali of filthy play
Video: Highlights from tonight’s [BN] The Huddle
Video: Sully, Gaughan analyze the Bills win
Video: Post-game thoughts from Gailey, Spiller
George Wilson, Stephon Gilmore pass concussion tests
C.J. Spiller dazzling his teammates, too
Game ball: Bills 35, Chiefs 17
Points after: Bills 35, Chiefs 17
Ryan Fitzpatrick: caveat emptor
All-Pro advice: Make Fitzpatrick, Cassel beat you
Chiefs at Bills inactives 

Kryk Slants
Spiller the Thriller
Bills vs Chiefs halftime report: the CJ Spiller show
Immediate Reactions: Bills 35, Chiefs 17 

The Sports Network
Buffalo 35, Kansas City 17
Bills Blow Out Chiefs 35-17
Bills Put It All Together For First Win 

AFC East Blog (
Wrap-up: Bills 35, Chiefs 17 

Buffalo Rumblings
Bills 35, Chiefs 17: Buffalo’s Good Again
Bills 21, Chiefs 0 At Halftime: Buffalo’s Defense Stepping Up
Bills vs. Chiefs Inactives: Fred Jackson, Six Others Sitting 

Pro Football Talk
Spiller credits line, decisiveness for 292 yards on 29 carries
Chiefs finally get on the board in Buffalo
Bills rolling early in Buffalo 

Pro Football Weekly
Bills send Chiefs to 0-2 in 35-17 rout 

NFL Rapid Reports
Postgame analysis: Bills 35, Chiefs 17
Bills inactives vs. Chiefs 

All Sports WNY
The Bills Shellack the Chiefs 35-17
Buffalo Bills Hit Stride Against Chiefs 35-17 

Musket Fire
Buffalo Bills nickel corner situation 

Buffalo Wins
Bills/Chiefs Recap: 35-17 

Huffington Post
Buffalo Bills Rout Kansas City Chiefs: CJ Spiller Scores Twice To Spark Win 

Rant Sports
Week Two Buffalo Bills Position Grades
KC Chiefs fall to Buffalo Bills 35-17, drop to 0-2 on season
For the Buffalo Bills it’s Spiller time
Spiller takes over Bills’ feature role and runs wild

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