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First-quarter analysis: Marquise Goodwin hits 'turbo boost'

By Jay Skurski

There's a reason they call Marquise Goodwin "Flash."

The Buffalo Bills' rookie receiver showed why during the first quarter today against the Kansas City Chiefs. Goodwin caught a perfectly thrown ball from rookie undrafted free agent Jeff Tuel, who's making his first career start, for a 59-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Goodwin beat press coverage on the play, then simply caught up to the ball that looked like it might have been overthrown when Tuel let it go. It's Goodwin's second touchdown of 40 or more yards this season.

Raise your hand if you saw this coming: Tuel has started the game 5 of 7 for 112 yards and a touchdown. One of the incomplete passes was a drop by tight end Scott Chandler. 

Bring it back: The Bills had a touchdown called back because of a penalty on special teams. Leodis McKelvin had a terrific 89-yard punt return for a TD erased by a block in the back call against Nigel Bradham. It looked to be the right call.

Tuel time: Tuel received his first career start after the Bills made quarterback Thad Lewis inactive because of a rib injury. Prior to the game, rookie first-round draft pick EJ Manuel took part in passing drills and appeared to be moving well on his injured right knee.

Breaking through: The Bills' defensive line has gotten off to a good start today. Kyle Williams in particular has blown up a few plays in the middle of the line. The Chiefs were called for two holding penalties, and quarterback Alex Smith was sacked by Kiko Alonso for a 1-yard loss after being forced to scramble on another play.

 

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EJ Manuel | Jeff Tuel | Kiko Alonso | Kyle Williams | Leodis McKelvin | Marquise Goodwin | Nigel Bradham | Scott Chandler | Thad Lewis
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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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