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Wayne Post
  • Miscues too much to overcome in latest Bills loss

  • Three Buffalo turnovers lead to Kansas City points as the Bills fall to 3-6 on the season.
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  • The stars were aligned early for an upset on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
    For the Buffalo Bills to knock off the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, they needed to not only create chances for success, but cash in on them.
    The opportunities were there throughout the game for the Bills. The problem was the same one that has appeared throughout this 14-season run of futility; they just weren't capable of converting.
    Buffalo suffered a 23-13 loss to the Chiefs, who remain the NFL's only undefeated team at 9-0. The Bills defense played well surrendering only 210 yards of total offense, but three turnovers and two defensive touchdowns derailed any hopes of an upset.
    "It hurts me, it hurts the guys in the locker room," said Doug Marrone, Buffalo head coach. "I hurt for them, I hurt for our fans. This one hurts. I am not going to stand here and say we should've won the game because obviously we didn't."
    Rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel appeared comfortable early on as he connected with Marquise Goodwin for a 59-yard touchdown to put Buffalo up 7-0 with 1:59 left in the first quarter. Unfortunately, Tuel looked like an undrafted rookie for the rest of the game.
    Tuel and tight end Scott Chandler weren't on the same page on a route on the second quarter, and Kansas City free safety Kendrick Lewis recorded an easy interception. The turnover led to a Ryan Succop 27-yard field goal.
    Leading 10-3 on the first possession of the third quarter, Tuel throw an interception which Kansas City defensive back Sean Smith returned 100 yards for a touchdown to tie the game. The Bills eventually came back to tie the game on a Dan Carpenter field goal with 20 seconds left in the third quarter, but the momentum from early in the quarter was gone.
    "It's frustrating, to come out (early in the second half) with a drive to get down there and a have a momentum shift, it's something I could have prevented," said Tuel, who finished 18-of-39 for 229 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. "I felt comfortable, felt good but I also made some not so good plays."
    With the game tied, the Chiefs defense came through as Marcus Cooper knocked the ball out of Buffalo wide receiver TJ Graham's hands and Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali returned it 11 yards for a touchdown. The Chiefs led 20-13, and didn't trail the rest of the game.
    "It's tough, anytime the offense turns it over and (the defense) converts those into points you know it is not a good day," Graham said. "We have to come out as an offense and hold onto the ball."
    Despite entering the NFL's last remaining undefeated team, few people wanted to crown the Chiefs as the league's top team. Kansas City won't win over too many fans with Sunday's performance.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Bills outgained the Chiefs by 260 yards and recorded 10 more first downs (25-15). Buffalo running back CJ Spiller, who missed last week's game due to an ankle injury, gashed Kansas City for 116 yards rushing on just 12 carries.
    Unfortunately forthe Bills loyal fan base, they just weren't ready for a moment like this. The 1972 Miami Dolphins will have to wait at least another week before celebrating being the last team to go undefeated.
    "They're a great team with a lot of great players, and we knew we would have to play great to beat them, we just came up short," said Kiko Alonso, Buffalo linebacker, who finished with a team-high eight tackles. "We are going to have to get practice and work on finishing."

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