COACH OF THE WEEK
Sean McDermott, head coach, Buffalo. He got grilled, with justification, for starting Nathan Peterman in his five-pick meltdown at the Chargers last week. But McDermott realized he had to go back to Tyrod Taylor as his starter instead of being bull-headed and sticking with the unprepared Peterman. Against his coaching mentor, Andy Reid, on the road in a game the Bills needed to win to have any semblance of playoff hopes, McDermott and the Bills played a mostly mistake-free game in one of the toughest places in the league to win. Time will tell if McDermott’s “trust the process” slogan will end up meaning the players actually trust what this new administration is selling. But after the jarring benching of Tyrod Taylor and then Taylor’s reanimation, it says something that the players came out and played nobly on Sunday.
Here’s the scoring summary from WGR:
7-0 Bills (1:36) – Tyrod Taylor rolls out of the pocket to find Zay Jones in the corner of the endzone for an 11-yard touchdown reception. Stephen Hauschka’s extra-point is good.
Drive info: 9 plays, 58 yards, 4:24
10-0 Bills (12:05) – Stephen Hauschka’s 34-yard field goal attempt is good.
Drive info: 6 plays, 28 yards, 2:50
10-0 Bills (3:36) – Hauschka misses a 52-yard field goal attempt wide-right.
10-3 Bills (1:48) – Harrison Butker is successful on a 45-yard field goal attempt.
Drive info: 5 plays, 32 yards, 1:46
13-3 Bills (0:09) – Hauschka’s 56-yard field goal attempt is good.
Drive info: 8 plays, 38 yards, 1:40
13-10 Bills (9:26) – Alex Smith throws a short pass to Albert Wilson, who finds his way into the endzone from 19-yards out. Butker’s extra-point attempt is good.
Drive info: 9 plays, 85 yards, 5:41
16-10 Bills (6:57) – Hauschka is good on his field goal attempt from 49-yards out.
Drive info: 5 plays, 44 yards, 2:27
16-10 Bills (2:54) – Smith’s throw to Tyreek Hill on 4th and 4 is incomplete, and the Chiefs turn the ball over on downs.
16-10 Bills (1:25) – Smith is picked off by Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White at the Buffalo 27-yard line. White returns the interception 63-yards to the Chiefs’ 10-yard line.