Fanteractive Game Breakdown for Kansas City @ Buffalo by myles.whitmore

National Football League

Kansas City (V) vs. Buffalo (H)

Bills Stadium
Orchard Park


Monday Oct 19,2020 04:00 PM ET

Post Game Analysis by myles.whitmore for Buffalo

Post Game Report Card

Overall Team Grades
Overall Team Grade
C+
Overall Offense Grade
C+
Overall Defense Grade
C-
Overall Special Teams
B+
Overall Coaching
B+
My Player of the Game
Josh Allen
Game Notes
Despite the loss, the Bills showed excellent discipline and toughness. For instance, Josh Allen struggled to pass the ball in this game due to heavy rainfall early. However, due to halftime adjustments from their offensive coordinator David Daboll, this team could bounce back and move the chains after a slow first quarter. While the stats are far from ideal, the Bills executed an efficient game plan, especially in the end zone. Defensively, the Bills run defense was abused at the line of scrimmage. In fact, the Chiefs offensive line enjoyed much success bulldozing the Bills defensive line throughout the whole game. Furthermore, the Bills got torched in the secondary. Aside from Tre White, Josh Norman, and A.J. Klein, this team's coverage was porous. However, the Chiefs offense has been torching everyone.
Player Grades
Player
Pos
Grade
A.J. Epenesa (94)
DE 
Epenesa showed some promise during this game.
Cody Ford (70)
OG 
C+ 
While Ford didn't surrender any pressures, he struggled to fend off the Chiefs DL.
Cole Beasley (10)
WR 
B+ 
Beasley and Diggs ran fluid routes and were effective receivers in the red zone.
Corey Bojorquez (9)
A+ 
Darryl Johnson Jr. (92)
DE 
Devin Singletary (26)
RB 
C+ 
Despite only handling ten carries, Singletary barrelled through contact and was a bit efficient on the ground.
Dion Dawkins (73)
OT 
Dawkins allowed four pressures.
Ed Oliver (91)
DT 
Ed Oliver's horrible start to the season continued in this game. Against the Chiefs, Oliver was horrible at run defense.
Ike Boettger (65)
OG 
allowed a 20% pressure rate
John Brown (15)
WR 
Brown had a drop and failed to get open
Jordan Poyer (21)
SS 
B- 
Poyer only allowed seven yards and had eight tackles.
Josh Allen (17)
QB 
C+ 
While Allen struggled early with accuracy, he settled down the second quarter. From then on, Allen had decent field vision, great excellent pocket presence, and great mobility.
Micah Hyde (23)
SS 
C- 
Mitch Morse (60)
CE 
Stefon Diggs (14)
WR 
B+ 
Beasley and Diggs ran fluid routes and were effective receivers in the red zone.
Taron Johnson (24)
CB 
While Johnson was a great tackler, he struggled profusely in coverage.
Tre'Davious White (27)
CB 
B- 
White was a lockdown corner against an explosive Chiefs offense. However he struggled in run defense.
Tremaine Edmunds (49)
LB 
While Edmunds was a great tackler, he struggled in coverage and run defense.
Tyler Kroft (81)
TE 
Advanced Team Grades
Offense
Run Offense (Overall)
C
Passing Offense (Overall)
C
Moving the Chains
C-
Protection
B+
Big Plays
C+
Mistakes
B-
Overall QB Play
C+
Game Notes on Offense
For the first time this season, the Bills offense failed to move the ball through the air or the ground. Fortunately for the Bills, good coaching and OL play spurred their efficiency. More specifically, the Bills were still efficient in the red zone and yards/carry basis. Unfortunately for Josh Allen, rainfall hindered Josh Allen's accuracy in the first. Although, OC David Daboll helped calm Allen down with some screen passes, and bootleg passes. After that, Allen became more poised as a passer who delivered excellent touchdowns to Cole Beasley and Stefon Diggs.
Quarterback
C+
Running Backs
C+
Protection & Blocking
B+
Receiving
B
Analysis Notes
Despite the rain, Allen has to play better to keep the Bills in contention for a deep playoff run. Throughout Monday's contest, Allen simply missed too many throws in the first quarter. However, due to Allen's poise and pocket presence, he could navigate the pocket and move the chains on the ground. This rushing production came from excellent pass protection from the Bills OL. Moreover, Bills wideouts Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley were flawless route runners who found opportunities to score in the red zone.
Defense
Passing Game Defense
C
Stopping the Run
F
Controlling the Line of Scrimmage
F
Forcing Turnovers
B-
Big Plays
C
Mistakes
C-
Game Notes on Defense
The Bills defense struggled to contain the Kansas City Chiefs. More specifically, the Bills defense failed to pressure Patrick Mahomes or contain the rushing production of Clyde Edwards-Helaire. As a result, the Bills OL dominated the line of scrimmage. However, it wasn't all bad news for the Bills. In fact, this was a very opportunistic unit that had two fumbles throughout this game.
Defensive Line
D
Linebackers
C+
Defensive Backs
C-
Notes
This defensive line was dominated throughout this game. Second-year DL Ed Oliver was particularly underwhelming, especially in run defense, where he was completely neutralized. As a result, Mahomes had plenty of time to throw, and CEH ran circles around this defense. In the linebacking unit, Tremaine Edmunds and A.J. Klein had their moments, especially as tacklers. Although, Edmunds failed to cover the Chiefs shifty receivers. Speaking of coverage, most of this unit failed to hold up or force three and outs. Although Klein and Tre White did a great job holding up in coverage.
SPECIAL Teams
Kickoff/Punt Coverage
B-
Kicking
B
Punting
A+
Kickoff/Punt Returning
C+
Special Teams Comments
Play of the Game
Josh Allen 8-yard TD to Cole Beasley
Coaching Grades
Game Plan
B-
Execution
C
Game Management
B+
Key Decisions
B-
Play-Calling
B+
Creativity
B
Comments on Coaching
Throughout this game, the Bills coaching staff coached a great game. Despite early passing issues in the first quarter, OC David Daboll adjusted to get Allen some easy screen passes. As a result, Allen calmed down and made good decisions to keep the ball out of harm's way. This decision, coupled with quality bootleg passes, helped the Bills establish a comfortable tempo and game management. While the Bills should have probably leaned more on their two RBs Zack Moss and Devin Singletary, this was still a good offensive game from a playcalling standpoint. However, the one issue that the Bills struggled with was execution on defense. This was most apparent in the run game, where the Bills failed to control the line of scrimmage all day long. However, it is important to note that everyone struggles to contain the chiefs.