ReFo: Chiefs @ Bills, Week 10
The Kansas City Chiefs improved to 6-3 in Buffalo yesterday, earning their fourth straight win by capitalizing on some critical mistakes by the Bills. Leodis McKelvin fumbled on a fourth quarter punt return, and the Chiefs recovered the ball and scored two plays later, giving them the go ahead score.
The Bills had a chance to take back the lead, but failed to covert on four straight pass plays from the KC 15 yard line. The Bills fell to 5-4 with the loss, and it was certainly not the result they were looking for coming out of the bye. Here are the key performances.
Kansas City Chiefs – Performances of Note
Ron Parker, CB: +3.5
Breakdown: Parker earned the best grade of his career, with green grades in pass coverage and run defense. Orton’s final stat line when targeting Parker: 4-of-10 for 21 yards.
Signature Plays: With his team holding to a four point lead late in the fourth quarter, and the ball at the KC 15 yard line, Parker was a major part of the reason that the Chiefs were able to force a turnover on downs. Parker was targeted in coverage for three of the four pass plays, allowing no catches with two passes defensed.
Allen Bailey, DE: +2.3
Breakdown: Bailey had a quiet game rushing the passer, picking up just a single hurry in 43 pass rush attempts. He was excellent in the run game however, earning a game-best +3.3 run defense grade that included three solo tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Signature Stat: Bailey had four stops in the run game, and his 18.1% Run Stop Percentage for the game would be the best at his position if it carried over the full season.
Mike McGlynn, LG: -6.5
Breakdown: This was McGlynn’s lowest-graded game of 2014, and he now ranks second from the bottom in our cumulative guard rankings for the year. Earning negative grades in both run blocking and pass blocking, McGlynn struggled to control Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams all game long.
Signature Stat: McGlynn’s -3.7 run blocking grade was easily the worst such score of the game, and McGlynn’s -14.2 run blocking grade for the season is the worst among all offensive lineman at any position.
Buffalo Bills – Performances of Note
Kyle Orton, QB: -5.2
Breakdown: Though he was not helped by four dropped passes by his receivers, Orton earned his worst grade since taking over for E.J. Manuel, and really struggled when pressured. Orton had a grade of -3.0 on 13 dropbacks under pressure, and was just 3-of-11 for 34 yards on these plays. Orton finished 3-of-11 for 55 yards and a touchdown on passes thrown 10+ yards.
Signature Play: Trailing by four points on 4th-and-10 with 2:31 left in the game, Orton badly underthrew Sammy Watkins, and his pass was nearly intercepted by Ron Parker. Buffalo turned the ball over on downs, ending their best chance to take back the lead.
Nigel Bradham, LB: +5.5
Breakdown: Bradham earned green grades in run defense, pass coverage and as a pass rusher in an excellent and balanced effort. Of his seven tackles, four were Run Stops, and he had a hit and a hurry in his only two pass rush attempts.
Signature Play: At 11:14 of the second quarter, Bradham tackled Knile Davis 3 yards in the backfield, forcing a fumble in the process that was recovered by the Bills at the Chiefs’ 31 yard line.
Kyle Williams, DT: +3.8
Breakdown: Williams continues to be one of the most underrated players in the NFL, and his +20.6 overall grade is second only to Ndamukong Suh among defensive tackles. Williams’ +2.2 pass rush grade included a sack, hit and hurry, and all four of his tackles were stops.
Signature Play: On the very first offensive play of the game, Williams used a swim move to run right through center Rodney Hudson, before meeting Jamaal Charles in the backfield for a 3 yard loss.
PFF Game Ball
Ron Parker’s clutch work in coverage in the red zone earns him the game ball.