Bills blowout Chiefs to win opener

September 11, 2011 Updated Sep 11, 2011 at 4:37 PM EDT

By WKBW News


Bills blowout Chiefs to win opener

September 11, 2011 Updated Sep 11, 2011 at 4:37 PM EDT

(Kansas City) Maybe it was the emotion of the 9/11 anniversary. Maybe it was Chan Gailey looking for a little revenge against his former team. Either way the Bills were ready to play on Sunday in Kansas City.

Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 17 of 26 passes for 208 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 41-7 blowout victory over the Chiefs. It was the first time the Bills scored more then 40 points in a season opener since 1992,.

Fitzpatrick's favorite target on the day was tight end Scott Chandler. Chandler had a career day hauling in 5 catches for 63 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He became the first Buffalo tight end with 2 TDs in a game since Robert Royal against the Dolphins in December of 2007. Steve Johnson had 4 catches for 66 yards and a touchdown.

Bills Running Back Fred Jackson finished with 20 carries for 112 yards. Jackson became the first Bills RB to rush for 100 yards on Kickoff Weekend since Willis McGahee in 2005 vs. Houston. C.J. Spiller finished with 5 carries for 16 yards and a TD.

Defensively the Bills took advantage of three Kansas City turnovers. The Bills grabbed momentum right from the first play. Kelvin Sheppard recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff at the Kansas City 26. The Bills scored 6 plays later when Fitzpatrick hit Chandler for his first touchdown catch of the day.

The Bills spent the off season trying to improve against the run After giving up 276 yards on the ground against the Chiefs in 2010, the Bills held Kansas City to 108 yards on Sunday. Jamal Charles finished with 10 carries for 56 yards.

One injury of note. Bills cornerback Terrence McGee left the game and did not return after suffering a hamstring injury early in the first quarter.

Next up the 1-0 Bills host the Oakland Raiders in the home opener on September 18th at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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