Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs Game Day Preview

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2008
ARROWHEAD STADIUM
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
1:00 PM ET

TELEVISION

CBS / CBS HD
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Ian Eagle
COLOR ANALYST: Solomon Wilcots

DIRECTV NFL Sunday Ticket:
Channel 705 / Channel 705-1 (HD)

RADIO

Buffalo Bills Radio Network
PLAY-BY-PLAY: John Murphy
COLOR ANALYST: Mark Kelso
SIDELINE REPORTER: Paul Peck

Chiefs Radio Network
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Mitch Holthus
COLOR ANALYST: Len Dawson
SIDELINE REPORTER: Kendall Gammon

Sirius Sunday Drive
Channel 144 (Buffalo feed)
Channel 91 (Kansas City feed)
Sirius on XM: Channel 104 (Kansas City feed)

HISTORY

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES RECORD: Buffalo leads, 19-16-1. The Chiefs have had a distinct advantage at Arrowhead in recent years, going 5-1 in the last six games played there. The quarterback in the only Bills win? Rob Johnson, in 2000.

PLAYOFF RECORD: Buffalo leads, 2-1.

LAST MEETING: November 13, 2005 – Bills 14, Chiefs 3

Olean Times Herald postgame coverage:
Bills go back to the future
Green at a loss against Bills
Bills notebook: Villarrial, two others ejected in a ‘chippy’ finish
POLLOCK: The Bills’ QB dilemma solves itself
POLLOCK: Holcomb likely done after Losman’s rebirth

Down 3-0 in the second quarter, Bills quarterback Kelly Holcomb was knocked out of the game with a concussion on a sack/fumble by Kansas City defensive end Jared Allen. Enter once and future starting quarterback J.P. Losman. Pressed into service, Losman found Lee Evans on touchdown passes of 33 and 29 yards, and the Buffalo defense did the rest to send the Chiefs to their fifth straight loss in Rich/Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Larry Johnson managed to pad his stats, finishing with 132 yards on 27 carries, but the Bills made Trent Green’s life miserable with six sacks and three interceptions, and Kansas City never got past the Buffalo 14-yard line all afternoon.

NOTES:

  • Terrence McGee, Angelo Crowell, and Rashad Baker took turns picking off Green; a fumble recovery by Jeff Posey on London Fletcher’s sack/strip accounted for the fourth Kansas City turnover.
  • Losman completed 9-of-16 passes for 137 yards and the two touchdowns to Evans, was sacked just once, and didn’t turn the ball over.
  • Willis McGahee had a quiet afternoon, finishing with 66 yards on 20 carries.
  • The Bills fought back to 4-5 with the win, but would drop the next five games as the season spiraled to a dismal conclusion.

LAST TIME AT ARROWHEAD: October 26, 2003 – Chiefs 38, Bills 5
Olean Times Herald postgame coverage:
It’s another embarrassing road loss for the Bills
POLLOCK: At least kick teams played well for Bills
Notebook: Priest passes Christian in KC’s all-time TD list
POLLOCK: The Bills still have time to correct flaws

The infamous “Kansas City Massacre”, another in a string of prime-time flameouts by Buffalo. Believe it or not, the Bills were actually ahead early on; after forcing a three-and-out on Kansas City’s first possession, Pierson Prioleau blocked a punt through the end zone for a 2-0 lead. That lasted only slightly longer than Dante Hall’s 67-yard touchdown catch on the Chiefs’ next drive, though, and the rout was on. The halftime score was 28-5; after the first four Bills second-half possessions all ended in turnovers (two interceptions, a fourth-down sack, and a sack/fumble), Drew Bledsoe made way for Alex Van Pelt, who promptly threw two picks of his own.

NOTES:

  • Buffalo turned the ball over seven times, the Chiefs none.
  • Travis Henry’s performance was one of the few bright spots for Buffalo. Although most of his yards came in the second half, with the game out of reach, Henry finished with 124 yards on 22 carries for his second consecutive 100-yard game.
  • Priest Holmes made the most of just 15 carries, piling up 83 yards and three touchdowns.
  • The Bills special teams kept Hall in check, but the defense didn’t fare nearly as well. The diminutive receiver ended up with 107 yards on four catches, marking just the second 100-yard game of his four-year career.
  • The Chiefs improved to 8-0 with the victory. They’d finish the season 13-3, earning a first-round bye, but would lose a 38-31 shootout to the Colts in their divisional playoff game.
  • Buffalo dropped to 4-4 heading into their bye week, and would win just twice more that season, head coach Gregg Williams’ last in Buffalo.

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