4 Chiefs players who deserve plenty of blame (instead of the refs)

The referees are the easy target, but these four players need to shoulder plenty of blame.

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Justin Reid

Safety Justin Reid drew the ire of Chiefs fans on social media this week by doing his best Tyrann Mathieu impersonation. His running mate Bryan Cook is out with injury, but the experienced Deon Bush and Mike Edwards would certainly make up for that. But those two couldn't make up for Reid on the game's opening score.

Reid directed traffic pre-snap and sent Edwards to the flat, covering the sticks on the strong side of the field. That left Reid as the lone deep safety, a big mistake in hindsight. The Bills tight end was behind his defender, but Reid failed to pick up running back James Cook. It is a good play by Buffalo, but one that could have been negated if Reid stayed deep.

“I have the same rule, you have 24 hours to watch the tape and feel sorry for yourself maybe, but as soon as we start working on the Patriots Tuesday, it’s the next game," Reid said. "You learn from it, you don’t make the same mistakes twice that were made today. We move on to the Patriots, and we make sure that we get a win.”

The Chiefs defensive backfield had a banner day, holding the Buffalo receivers in check. But this play set the tone for Kansas City's first-half performance.

Like Valdes-Scantling, Reid took his shot at our own Adam Best this week, calling him a "bum" among other things.

Justin, we watched the show on Sunday. The defense held Buffalo to 20 and did more things right than wrong. But one of the biggest mistakes falls on you. To err is human, but own up to it.