So the Bills go to Kansas City and win 16-10. To an extent I agree with Bills interim coach Perry Fewell that there's no winning ugly in the NFL... I get the fact that win is a win in the NFL.... but this was ugly - what you would probably expect from a match-up of 4-8 vs. 3-9.
I look at this game and what took place in a broader context of what has ailed this team all season long. I think in this game you've got to start with the offense. On the upside, they ran the football. Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch combined for 183-yards against the NFL's 28th ranked run defense... bravo. The kicking game between Moorman and Lindell was terrific. Now let's look at Ryan Fitzpatrick's passing numbers: 12-of-20 for 86-yards with a touchdown and an interception. He hit Terrell Owens on a crossing route for a nine-yard score in the first half... that wound up being the Bills only touchdown of the game. The defense served up four turnovers and they had to hang on to win by six points. If Chris Chambers makes that catch at the Buffalo two near the end of the game, the Bills probably lose. The point is this offense still leaves a vast amount to be desired - and today's result far from changes that.
As I just mentioned, the defense did a good job taking the ball away today. They did a good job doing what many teams have done this year, making Matt Cassel look like a far cry of what he was when he was surrounded by the Patriots supporting cast last year. He threw for 224-yards and four interceptions. The Bills run defense still gave up the big play... the 76-yard Jamaal Charles TD run in the third quarter that made things interesting. In the end, the defense made the plays to preserve the win, from the 4th and 1 stop in the first quarter to George Wilson's pick to end it.
It's important to note the Bills are playing hard for Perry Fewell. In two out of the last three weeks, they've been able to close out games in the fourth quarter - remember, they scored 24 unanswered in the fourth to beat the Dolphins. These are signs of progress to be sure and I like what Fewell brings to the table. None of it changes my mind about the fact this is a franchise that needs a complete overhaul of the football operation.
Never has a win to less to change that perception.