Bills make a statement

September 11, 2011 Updated Sep 11, 2011 at 11:02 PM EDT

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September 11, 2011 Updated Sep 11, 2011 at 11:02 PM EDT

Raise your hand if you saw that one coming??? Now I picked the Bills to win (see previous blog).. I thought they would be competitive.. but beating down Kansas City 41-7 on the road? Um.. no.



It's just one game, but what a statement to start things out. The Bills entered Sunday with a list of questions and I believe they made significant strides in answering several against the Chiefs.



Let's start by giving some credit to the Bills offensive line. The unit was considered a liability after an inconsistent preseason but did a nice job against the Chiefs. Ryan Fitzpatrick stayed clean for most of the game (1 sack) and benefited by having time to throw.



Fitzpatrick finished with a career high 133.0 passer rating. He completed 17-of-25 passes for 208 yards and he spread the ball around. 3 different players caught his 4 touchdown passes. Stevie Johnson had one. So did Donald Jones. And get this .. a tight end.. yes a tight end.. Scott Chandler pulled down a pair. WOW. The last time at tight end had a multi-td game on the road was 1992 when Pete Metzelaars hauled in two at San Francisco. Fitzpatrick said Sunday marked the first time he was pulled out of a game as a reward. Chan Gailey pulled Fitz out with about 9 minutes remaining in the game with the contest firmly in the bag.



Speaking of the offense I loved the way Fred Jackson ran the ball against the Chiefs. If there was any question who the starting running back should be I think Jackson made it clear he continues to be the go to guy. Jackson averaged 5.6 yards on 20 carries and finished with 112 yards. C.J. Spiller reached the end zone and finished with 16 yards on 5 carries.



The revamped Buffalo defense got off to a great start against the Chiefs. The Bills were embarrassed in KC last year to the tune of 276 yards rushing, this year things were different. New pieces Shawne Merriman, Marcel Dareus, and Nick Barnett helped the cause in holding the Chiefs to 108 yards rushing. Jamal Charles who killed the Bills in 2010 finished with 56 yards.



And finally what a win for Chan Gailey. The head coach said earlier in the week he expected to win every game this year (coach speak), but I'm sure he's happy with the first one. Gailey was fired as the Chiefs offensive coordinator two years ago, and got a little revenge on Sunday by handing Kansas City their worst loss at home in 35 years.



Next Up.. The Oakland Raiders in the home opener at a sold-out Ralph Wilson Stadium next Sunday.