The Bills defense held the Chiefs without a touchdown and their offense outgained the Chiefs despite playing with undrafted rookie free agent Jeff Tuel, who is, at best, their fourth choice for the quarterback job this season.
A couple of turnovers were converted into touchdowns by the Kansas City defense, however, and the Chiefs were able to advance to 9-0 in a 23-13 win that saw the Bills provide the bulk of the good play. Coach Doug Marrone is taking no special solace in that fact, though.
Marrone said after the game that it hurts to lose that way and that “when it’s time to make the plays, you have to make the plays.” The fact that the Bills couldn’t left their coach in a foul mood.
“I’m pissed,” Marrone said, via the Buffalo News. “I’m going to use that type of energy. I’m going to go home, not talk to anybody, just shut it down. I’m going to be by myself. I’m not going to pet my dog. I’m going to get fired up. I’m going to come to work tomorrow, watch this film, and I’m going to be a pro. I’m going to be a man.”
The Bills may have put a bit too much on Tuel’s plate on Sunday, especially with C.J. Spiller flashing some of the skills that have been missing while he’s been recovering from an ankle injury, but they were winning at the half and there were plenty of chances for players to make plays that would have kept them in front. Focusing on that seems likelier to lead to improvement than trying to find some way to turn the loss into a moral victory.