Final

Chiefs 17

(0-2, 0-1 away)

Bills 35

(1-1, 1-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 16, 2012

Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY 

1 2 3 4 T
KC 0 0 3 1417
BUF 7 14 14 035

Top Performers

Passing: M. Cassel (KC) - 301 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Spiller (BUF) - 15 CAR, 123 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Bowe (KC) - 8 REC, 102 YDS, 2 TD

C.J. Spiller rushes for 123 yards, 2 TDs as Bills romp

Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- C.J. Spiller gladly accepted Fred Jackson's challenge.

And this time, the rest of the Bills -- on offense, defense and special teams -- showed up to support Spiller, who scored twice and finished with 123 yards rushing to spark a 35-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Buffalo's home opener. It was a much better effort than how Buffalo opened the season with a bumbling 48-28 loss to the New York Jets last week.

The same can't be said for the Chiefs, who followed up one dud with another a week after opening the season with a 40-24 loss to Atlanta.

Spiller picked up where he left off a week earlier, after he had career-best 169 yards rushing in taking over after Jackson sprained his right knee against the Jets.

"It's always better to answer the questions when you win," said Spiller, who giggled several times at the podium. "Fred Jackson challenged me today, when he told me to put the team on my back. So when that comes down from the leader in our room, you have to step your game up. I was ready to go today."

With Jackson expected to miss another three weeks, Spiller scored on 17- and 5-yard runs to put the Bills ahead 14-0 early in the second quarter, a lead that would balloon to 35-3 late in the third.

"C.J.'s a stud. That kid can run," center Eric Wood said. "We've got plenty of weapons, and the good thing is we're going to get Fred back."

The Bills' defense finally showed signs of its high-priced potential after failing to make a dent last week.

Kyle Williams had two of Buffalo's five sacks. Mario Williams -- the team's high-prized offseason free agent -- recovered quarterback Matt Cassel's fumble, which set up Scott Chandler's 10-yard touchdown catch.

And linebacker Nick Barnett had a momentum-turning play late in the first half. That's when he forced Kansas City running back Peyton Hillis to fumble at the goal line to preserve Buffalo's 21-0 lead.

"We had a sense of urgency. It was just different from the very beginning," Mario Williams said. "We went out there and put it all on the line. Unfortunately, that didn't happen last week, but we have to build on this and continue."

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick shrugged off last week's three-interception outing by going 10 of 19 for 178 yards and two touchdowns, including a 49-yarder to Stevie Johnson. And Buffalo's special teams contributed: Leodis McKelvin returned a punt 88 yards.

It was a complete reversal for the Bills, who turned the ball over four times against the Jets, failed to get any pressure on Mark Sanchez and allowed Jeremy Kerley to return a punt 68 yards for a score.

For the Chiefs, it was the same-old sloppiness for a team that's been outscored 75-41 and is opening a season 0-2 for the sixth time in seven years.

"I thought that we would be better, and we're not," coach Romeo Crennel said. "So we have to try and figure out what that is. From what I've seen, if we do what we're supposed to do, then we would be better."

KC's offense managed just 71 yards on its first five possessions and then coughed up the ball on its sixth, when Hillis fumbled at the goal line.

"I messed up and let the team down," Hillis said. "I put the blame on myself."

Cassel finished 23 of 42 for 301 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, with much of that production coming in the fourth quarter. Dwayne Bowe scored both touchdowns on 33- and 2-yard catches.

The Chiefs defense wasn't much better, even while welcoming back two regulars, linebacker Tamba Hali (NFL suspension) and cornerback Brandon Flowers (foot injury).

The Chiefs were so thoroughly outplayed on both sides of the ball in the first half that Spiller's 139 yards from scrimmage nearly matched Kansas City's 148 yards net offense.

The Bills had additional incentive to win the game in paying tribute to Marcell Dareus. The second-year defensive tackle played after traveling to his native Alabama to mourn the shooting death of his younger brother.

"He's going through a rough time, but he felt responsibilities here," Kyle Williams said. "He always picks our team up and we're glad that he's back."

Despite being bothered by a shoulder injury, Dareus had a sack and two tackles, including one for a loss.

"The team rallied up around me. This is my release from whatever is going on in the outside world," Dareus said. "I focused in on the football field and took everything else out of my head."

Game notes


Spiller became the fourth Bills player to reach 100 yards in the first two games of a season, joining Jackson, Thurman Thomas and O.J. Simpson, who did that twice. ... Chiefs TE Kevin Boss will be re-evaluated after leaving the game with a head injury in the second quarter. CB Javier Arenas hurt his neck and did not return. ... McKelvin's TD return was the second of his career, and the second-longest in team history, 3 yards short of the record set by Keith Moody in 1977.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KC
BUF
1st Downs2515
Passing 1st downs
156
Rushing 1st downs
89
1st downs from Penalties
20
3rd down efficiency
5-145-12
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays7155
Total Yards422379
Yards per play5.96.9
Total Drives1314
Passing272178
Comp - Att
23-4210-19
Yards per pass
6.59.4
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks - Yards Lost
5-290-0
Rushing150201
Rushing Attempts
2436
Yards per rush
6.35.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-33-3
Penalties4-335-50
Turnovers30
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession30:3929:21

Passing Leaders

KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cassel23/423017.2215-29
BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Fitzpat...10/191789.4200-0

Rushing Leaders

KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hillis11666.0018
Draughn55611.2025
BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Spiller151238.2238
Choice8374.609

Receiving Leaders

KCRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Bowe810212.823315
Baldwin36220.70266
BUFRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Johnson25628.01495
Chandler25326.51435

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKCBUF
bufTD02:01C.J. Spiller 17 Yd Run (Rian Lindell Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERKCBUF
bufTD12:29C.J. Spiller 5 Yd Run (Rian Lindell Kick) 014
bufTD03:29Scott Chandler 10 Yd Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell Kick) 021
THIRD QUARTERKCBUF
kcFG07:32Ryan Succop 33 Yd 321
bufTD05:35Stevie Johnson 49 Yd Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell Kick) 328
bufTD03:46Leodis McKelvin 88 Yd Punt Return (Rian Lindell Kick) 335
FOURTH QUARTERKCBUF
kcTD06:26Dwayne Bowe 33 Yd Pass From Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop Kick) 1035
kcTD01:10Dwayne Bowe 2 Yd Pass From Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop Kick) 1735