Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) vs. Buffalo Bills (0-1)
Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 - 12:00 p.m. CT Ralph Wilson Stadium
Play-by-Play: Spero Dedes - Color Commentator: Steve Beuerlein
Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network - KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus - Color Commentator: Len Dawson - Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon
Chiefs Spanish Radio
La Gran D (1340 AM) - Play-by-Play: Enrique Morales - Color Commentator: Oscar Monterroso - Sideline Reporter: Ricardo Soto
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP
Kansas City and Buffalo are both looking for their fi rst win on Sunday after suffering defeats in Week 1. The Chiefs were beaten 40-24 by the Atlanta Falcons at Arrowhead Stadium while the Bills fell 48-28 to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
The Chiefs and Bills meet for the fifth consecutive season with the fi rst contest at Ralph Wilson Stadium between the squads since 2005. The Bills have claimed victories in Kansas City in three of the last four seasons.
Against the Falcons on Sunday, the Chiefs matched Atlanta’s explosive offensive attack in the fi rst half, tying the score at 10-10 and 17-17 thanks to a 22-yard TD reception by TE Kevin Boss and five-yard TD run by QB Matt Cassel. The Falcons pulled away with two third-quarter touchdowns and two fourth-quarter fi eld goals before RB Shaun Draughn scored his fi rst career touchdown run on a four-yard carry.
Cassel finished 21 of 33 passing for 258 yards with a TD and two INTs for a 72.5 rating. RB Jamaal Charles rushed 16 times for 87 yards (5.4 avg.), including a 46-yard run in the second quarter. Draughn carried six times for 29 yards (4.8 avg.) with a TD while Cassel added 20 rushing yards on four carries (5.0 avg.), including his fi rst rushing TD since 2008 when he was a member of the New England Patriots.
WR Dexter McCluster tied for a game-high with six receptions for 82 yards (13.7 avg.). WR Dwayne Bowe added three catches for 53 yards (17.7 avg.) while TE Tony Moeaki caught three passes for 37 yards (12.3 avg.). Boss finished with two receptions for 36 yards with a TD on his fi rst reception since joining the Chiefs.
Defensively, LB Derrick Johnson led the team with eight tackles (seven solo). LB Justin Houston recorded a sack (-7.0 yards) and CB Stanford Routt forced a fumble.
Buffalo fell behind 21-0 in the second quarter against the Jets. RB C.J. Spiller scored on a 56-yard TD run and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three late TD passes, but it was not enough as the Jets scored in all three phases of the game and QB Mark Sanchez threw for three TDs. Spiller finished the afternoon with a league-best 169 rushing yards on 14 carries (12.1 avg.) with a TD.
Fitzpatrick completed 18 of 32 passes for 195 yards with three TDs and three INTs, including one that was returned 40 yards for a TD by CB Antonio Cromartie. WR Donald Jones tied for a game-high with five receptions for 41 yards and a TD.
CHIEFS-BILLS SERIES HISTORY
Sunday’s contest marks the 44th matchup between the Chiefs and Bills. Kansas City has gone 18-24-1 (.430) against the Bills, including a 6-13-1 mark in games played in Buffalo. The teams are set to play for the fifth consecutive season, but the first time at Ralph Wilson Stadium since 2005.
The Bills have won at Arrowhead Stadium in three of the last four years. Two seasons ago on Oct. 31, 2010, the Chiefs defeated the Bills 13-10 on a 35-yard fi eld goal by K Ryan Succop on the last play of overtime.
In the last matchup at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Nov. 13, 2005, the Bills won 14-3 behind two TD passes from QB J.P. Losman to WR Lee Evans. Losman entered the game for an injured QB Kelly Holcomb and passed for 137 yards and two TDs for a 124.2 rating.
Kansas City and Buffalo have met three times in the postseason, including the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 23, 1994 when the Bills won 30-13 over the Chiefs, who were led by QB Joe Montana and RB Marcus Allen. RB Thurman Thomas rushed for 186 yards and three TDs to lead the Bills to victory.
Buffalo defeated the Chiefs 37-14 in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game in 1992 while the Chiefs beat the Bills 31-7 in the AFL Championship Game on Jan. 1, 1967.
Chiefs Founder Lamar Hunt and Bills Chairman Ralph Wilson, Jr., were both members of the eight-man “Foolish Club” that launched the American Football League. Hunt’s squad claimed AFL titles in 1962, 1966 and 1969, while Buffalo won back-to-back AFL crowns in 1964 and 1965.