Chiefs offense grinds to halt in 16-10 loss to Bills

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Cedric Thornton (91) celebrates after Tre’Davious White interepted a ball intended for Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill during the fourth quarter on Sunday in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs lost 16-10. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An offense that was once one of the best in football has taken another turn for the worse.

 

The Kansas City Chiefs gained just 236 yards and were booed several times in an ugly 16-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The loss was the Chiefs’ third in a row and fifth in their last six games.

Quarterback Alex Smith threw for just 199 yards and running back Kareem Hunt was held to just 17 yards on 11 carries, a far cry from his performance in Week 1 against New England when he rushed for 148 yards on 17 carries.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid shouldered much of the blame following the defeat but acknowledged there is plenty to go around.

“We didn’t get much rhythm going until the second half and I take responsibility for that,” he said.

The Chiefs trailed 13-3 at the half as they managed just one first down and 57 total yards. Smith was just 4 for 11 for 41 yards in the first 30 minutes and Hunt carried just five times for four yards. Buffalo, meanwhile, had 13 first downs and 199 total yards.

It got marginally better in the second half for the Chiefs as they opened with a nine-play, 85-yard touchdown drive that culminated with an Albert Wilson 19-yard catch and run for a score. Buffalo, however, answered with a 49-yard field goal from Stephen Hauschka late in the third quarter for the final margin.

The Chiefs (6-5) forced the Bills (6-5) to punt with 2:35 to go in the fourth and drove into Buffalo territory but Smith was picked off by Tre’Davious White, sealing the Chiefs’ fate.

In their last three games, the Chiefs have scored just three touchdowns on offense — all on Smith TD passes — but he has thrown four picks. So does Reid have plans to make a change at quarterback and insert rookie Patrick Mahomes?

“No,” Reid said, again putting his faith in Smith, who completed 23 of 36 passes and ran five times for 35 yards. “That’s not where I’m at right now.”

Smith’s top wide receiver Tyreek Hill caught seven passes for just 41 yards, and as he sat at his locker still in uniform after the game, he pondered why the Chiefs have struggled the last six weeks.

“I have no idea,” Hill said. “I think it has something to do with our energy on the sideline. I think guys aren’t having the same fun. We won against the Patriots, so I think we just got to get back to that week and just come back mentally sharp and ready to play.”

The Chiefs certainly weren’t sharp at the outset as they had five straight three and outs. Meanwhile, Buffalo QB Tyrod Taylor returned to the starting lineup and completed 19 for 29 passes for 183 yards and one touchdown — an 11-yard strike to Zay Jones in the first quarter. He also rushed for 27 yards and didn’t commit a turnover.

As bleak as things look for the Chiefs, they still lead the division by one game over the Chargers. But they no longer have a stranglehold on the AFC West, which makes the final five weeks of the regular season all the more important.

“We’re off,” Reid said. “We got to get through this.”

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