BBD Staff Writer: John Maher
With EJ Manuel (sprained LCL) and Thad Lewis (bruised ribs) both out due to injury, Jeff Tuel made his first NFL start at quarterback with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Many Bills fans were uneasy with Tuel, who completed just 8-of-20 passes for 80 yards in his only prior appearance of the season against the Cleveland Browns in Week 5, taking the helm against the Chiefs, who came into Week 9 as the NFL’s only undefeated team and with the league’s No. 1 scoring defense.
Tuel quickly gained the confidence of the crowd at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium when he completed five of his first seven passes for 122 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. With the help of the Bills defense shutting down the Chiefs offense, the Bills went into the locker room at the half with a 10-3 lead. Tuel struggled in the second half, however. He finished the game having completed less than half of his passes (18-of-39) for 229 yards and one touchdown but two interceptions, while the Bills lost the game, 23-13, having been outscored 20-3 in the second half.