Chiefs remain unbeaten with gritty win over Bills

Sun Nov 3, 2013 6:14pm EST
 
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By Steve Keating

ORCHARD PARK, New York (Reuters) - The Kansas City defense came to the rescue scoring two touchdowns to secure a 23-13 victory over Buffalo Bills on Sunday as the Chiefs remained the National Football League's only unbeaten team.

With the win the surprising Chiefs, who finished tied for the league's worst record (2-14) a year ago, improved to a perfect 9-0, setting up a mouth-watering showdown in two weeks with AFC West rivals the Denver Broncos.

On an afternoon when the Chiefs' offense could muster only three Ryan Succop field goals their top-ranked defense took charge, Sean Smith returning an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and Tamba Hali scooping up a Buffalo fumble for another score.

"Every win you get in the National Football League is a good win," Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters. "We rallied in the fourth quarter and did some things that were better than we had done earlier.

"However the two touchdowns were very important.

"We were out-gained by a ton but the turnovers and the score are kind of the important things."

The Chiefs have found it easier to win games than win respect, critics dismissing their perfect mark as the result of a weak schedule.

But only 15 team have won their first eight games since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978 and nine of those made it all the way to the Super Bowl, eight of them walking away with the Vince Lombardi trophy.   Continued...