Buffalo practically dominated the game in every aspect except the ones that ultimately matter: turnovers and the scoreboard.
The Chiefs defense willed them to victory, scoring 14 points and setting up a first-half field goal with an interception.
Here is what else we learned:
- Jeff Tuel completed five of his first seven passes, including a 59-yard bomb for a touchdown. However, it quickly unraveled. He threw high and off-target much of the game. Tuel missed a wide-open Stevie Johnson in the end zone on the Chiefs' pick six. A handful of dropped passes didn't help, either. It's tough to place blame on a young player, but a healthy Thad Lewis wins that game.
- The Bills ran all over the Chiefs defense for 241 yards. C.J. Spiller displayed more explosion than any time since Week 2. The week off clearly helped him. He went for 116 yards on just 12 carries (9.7 yards per carry). He came up limping on his injured ankle a couple of times, but not enough to keep him off the field.
- It was odd watching the Chiefs' defense get pounded on the ground considering Kansas City was playing a green quarterback.
- Jamaal Charles wasn't utilized much early on in the game, but he did what he usually does in the fourth quarter: salt away the clock with some bruising runs.
- Alex Smith's stat line: 19-of-29 passing for 124 yards (4.3 average) with zero touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 74.5. You decide which "game manager" synonym you'd employ.