Chiefs vs. Bills score: Kansas City pounds Buffalo with ground game, improves to 5-1

The Kansas City Chiefs have moved to 5-1 on the season after running over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night, 26-17. When we say "run over," we mean it. Andy Reid's club totaled 245 yards on the ground in the win that was headlined by rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who had 161 of those yards. That helped Kansas City not only go up-and-down the field but helped dominate the time of possession and keep the Buffalo offense off the field. 

With his two touchdowns on the night, Patrick Mahomes became the fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach 90 career passing scores, edging out Hall of Famer Dan Marino. Both of those scores fell into the arms of tight end Travis Kelce, who finished with 65 yards. Josh Allen, meanwhile, struggled to find much downfield as the Buffalo offense couldn't keep up with the Chiefs, especially in the second half where they were outscored 13-7. 

Here are some immediate takeaways from Monday's big Chiefs win:

Why the Chiefs won

Patrick Mahomes was the best QB on the field. In today's NFL, it so often comes down to that, and No. 15 was nearly perfect, delivering beautiful scoring throws to Travis Kelce and a critical crunch-time strike to Byron Pringle. He may not have been so efficient if it weren't for Kansas City's killer running game, too. In fact, rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who was electric practically every time he touched the ball, was probably the team MVP for how often he scooted around and through Buffalo's "D." Just an all-around dominant performance from the Chiefs' play-makers, even if the scoreboard didn't showcase a standard blowout. Steve Spagnuolo's unit, meanwhile, successfully halted a streak of poor performances against the run by keeping Buffalo's entire running back stable under wraps.

Why the Bills lost

Despite plenty of evidence that a steady ground game would ultimately help them break through against K.C.'s defense, Buffalo failed to establish any consistent rushing attack, with only Josh Allen breaking off some decent carries. Speaking of Allen, his arm talent was on full display, and he kept the Bills within reach for pretty much the whole night. But accuracy was a problem for a second straight game -- and a stark contrast to Mahomes' smooth night. Where in the world was John Brown? (Or is he just still not ready to contribute?) Defensively, it's hard to put too much blame on Sean McDermott for expecting a unit featuring guys like Josh Norman to shut down K.C., but boy, was that front gashed all night long in the run game -- an area in which Buffalo was actually solid coming into the matchup.

Turning point

This game was close well into the fourth quarter, so there wasn't necessarily a defining moment where the Chiefs took firm control. But a dud of a Bills drive at the start of the final quarter seemed to open the door for Kansas City to really cruise to the finish line. After holding the Chiefs to 13 first-half points, Buffalo surrendered a whopper of a 13-play, 82-yard TD drive in the third, before getting the ball back with a chance to cut into the visitors' new 10-point lead. Instead, a couple of short-yardage Zack Moss carries did nothing, the Bills went three-and-out, and K.C. went on to drive another 75 yards for three more points on the ensuing series.

Play of the game

Edwards-Helaire had some of the niftiest moves of the whole night, but Mahomes' second TD pass to Kelce couldn't have been scripted any better -- just a perfect toss to the back corner of the end zone:

What's next

The Chiefs (5-1) will hit the road again in Week 7, when they visit the rival Denver Broncos on Oct. 25. The Bills (4-2), meanwhile, will also travel for Week 7 and should have a prime opportunity to rebound against the winless New York Jets.

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Season Leaders

passing
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P. Mahomes 3497 YD, 30 TDS, 2 INTS
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P. Mahomes 3497 YD, 30 TDS, 2 INTS
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J. Allen 3028 YD, 22 TDS, 8 INTS
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J. Allen 3028 YD, 22 TDS, 8 INTS
rushing
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C. Edwards-Helaire 151 ATT, 692 YD, 4 TDS
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C. Edwards-Helaire 151 ATT, 692 YD, 4 TDS
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D. Singletary 110 ATT, 483 YD, 1 TD
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D. Singletary 110 ATT, 483 YD, 1 TD
receiving
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T. Hill 68 REC, 1021 YD, 13 TDS
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T. Hill 68 REC, 1021 YD, 13 TDS
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S. Diggs 80 REC, 945 YD, 4 TDS
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S. Diggs 80 REC, 945 YD, 4 TDS
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That'll do it from Buffalo as the Chiefs move to 5-1 on the season in a game that was spearheaded by a lethal rushing attack. CEH averaged 6.1 yards per carry as he totaled 161 yards on the ground in the win. As a team, K.C. totaled 245 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Bills will now try to rebound from back-to-back losses when they face the Jets next week.

Thanks so much for following along with us and be sure to read Cody's main takeaways from this game in a few moments.

@Chiefs via Twitter
October 19, 2020, 11:56 PM
@BuffaloBills via Twitter
October 19, 2020, 11:51 PM
@Chiefs via Twitter
October 19, 2020, 11:51 PM

That's a dagger play by Mahomes. Rolls out right on the third-and-12 and finds Pringle for 37 yards and converts the first. Keeps the clock moving and the Buffalo offense off the field. Massive.

Wow. Almost a huge turn of events there. A turnover is exactly what the Bills needed. Still plenty of time on the clock.

Looks like CEH was down. Turnover will be reviewed and I think the Chiefs will avoid coughing the ball up.

Just like that, we have a ballgame again. Cole Beasley comes up big on two straight plays to put Buffalo in the end zone and pull this within one score. Great second effort from the wideout on a pass over the middle. It's now 23-17, Chiefs on top, but we've still got six and a half minutes to play.

That's exactly what the Bills needed. Cole Beasley with two massive receptions to finish off this drive. First secured the 22-yard reception to put Buffalo in the red zone and then hauled in the eight-yard touchdown on the very next play. Josh Allen completed all five of his throws. Defense now needs to make a stop.

Josh Allen is going to have to start slinging it if the Bills want to stay in this game. Will be curious to see if he tries some deep shots to John Brown. The receiver has four targets today, but zero receptions. He has the breakaway ability to rip off a quick touchdown.

@BuffaloBills via Twitter
October 19, 2020, 11:24 PM
@BuffaloBills via Twitter
October 19, 2020, 11:22 PM

As was widely foreseen ahead of this matchup, the Chiefs are starting to just do what they want on offense. Twenty points isn't a ton for them, but you can just see how much they're wearing on the Bills defense now. Demarcus Robinson with a big gain after getting wide open, and then a flag on Buffalo afterward exacerbates the issue. K.C. is fast approaching 400 total yards on the night.

The Bills defense is starting to show its frustration with two unnecessary roughness penalties on this drive. The Chiefs don't need help moving down the field.

Kansas City has 213 yards and a touchdown on the ground on 7.1 yards per carry. Clyde Edwards-Helarire has 138 of those yards on a bonkers 8.1 yards per carry clip. Absolutely dominant backfield attack. This team is about to add Le'Veon Bell ...

@BuffaloBills via Twitter
October 19, 2020, 11:04 PM

That's a great second effort by Patrick Mahomes. Faked everyone out completely when it looked like he was going to step out of bounds. I think this is a pretty easy decision for the Cheifs to go for it here. Been running all over Buffalo.

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