ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Not much went right for the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon, in an embarrassing 35-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The final score is not indicative of how the day went for the Chiefs (0-2, 0-1 away). Quarterback Matt Cassel found wide receiver Dwayne Bowe for a pair of touchdown passes late in the fourth quarter.
Bills running back C.J. Spiller torched the Chiefs in the first half. A 17-yard TD run gave the Bills (1-1, 1-0 home) a 7-0 lead heading into the second quarter. On the next drive, Spiller added another TD run to give the Bills a 14-0 lead.
Things went from bad to worse when Cassel lost a fumble after being sacked at Kansas City's 38 yard line. Shortly thereafter, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick found tight end Scott Chandler for a 10-yd TD pass to put the BIlls up 21-0.
A key turning point in the game happened with less than a minute to play in the first half, at the end of an 8-play 62-yd drive for the Chiefs. RB Peyton Hillis fumbled on Buffalo's 1-yd line, killing any chance the Chiefs had at scoring before the half.
"Well obviously it wasn't a good enough performance on any side of the ball or any part of our team today," said Quarterback Matt Cassel after the game. "We're disappointed. We know we have to play better. But at the same time, I do believe in these guys."
In the third quarter, Fitzpatrick hit WR Stevie Johnson for a 49-yd TD pass to give the Bills a 28-3 lead. Within two minutes, Leodis Mckelvin returned a punt 88-yards for a TD, extending the lead to 35-3.
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles had six carries for a total of three yards. Cassel was sacked five times for a loss of 29 yards. The Chiefs' defense failed to record a single sack.
Spiller led the Bills rushing attack with 2 TD's and 123 yds on 15 carries.
"We didn't play well enough in any phase of the game, didn't coach well enough. Buffalo did a nice job. You have to give those guys credit," Coach Romeo Crennel said. "It's disappointing because I thought we prepared well during the week, had energy, had the right mindset coming into the game, but then when we got here, we couldn't do anything right."
The Chiefs travel to New Orleans next Sunday to take on QB Drew Brees and the Saints.