Chiefs will their way to 6-5

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Nov 29, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware (32) celebrates after a run during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 30-22. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Chiefs started off poorly against the Bills. Buffalo opened the game driving right down the field to Kansas City’s 9-yard line where it settled for a field goal. After three consecutive three-and-outs from the Chiefs offense, Kansas City quickly found itself losing 10-0 in the first quarter. This was a bad position to be in, bad enough to where yours truly foolishly doubted Kansas City being able to make a game of it with a tweet like this.

And so began the process of me entering my foot into my mouth. Not only did Alex Smith prove me and other skeptics wrong but was a big reason once again why they won. Despite Sammy Watkins going bananas on Sean Smith catching 158 yards and two touchdowns the Chiefs kept their composure and slowed him down completely in the second half, allowing Smith to lead the offense into regaining the lead.

Smith caught fire connecting with Jeremy Maclin for nine catches and 160 yards (his highest of the season) with a touchdown. It is also worth noting that Spencer Ware helped open up the passing game, running like he was getting a star on Mario Bros (it’s fun to play the star theme music when you watch replays) against a pretty stout Bills defense for 114 yards and a touchdown. The next man up thing has really worked out well for this squad as not one player except Jamell Fleming hasn’t performed well when their number’s been called.

But maybe the biggest factor in the outcome of the game was coaching. We tend to get caught up in the players on the field and the stats but sometimes forget how hard it is to win with a bad coach. Rex Ryan coached a terrible game Sunday and was a major part of outcome of this game’s ending result as well.

To sum it up, he challenged what should not have been challenged and didn’t challenge what should have been challenged. It was so badly managed that he actually asked his team chaplain if he should challenge a catch and he said no.

On the flip side, Kansas City was destroyed by Watkins in the first half and made adjustments to stop him. The play-calling offensively was well-balanced and stayed aggressive but attacked with intelligence by taking what the defense gave them. This is five straight games without a turnover for the Chiefs and Smith’s impressive passing without an interception streak continues.