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Second-quarter analysis: Jamaal Charles being held in check

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills' defense is doing a good job of preventing the big play today against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Bills have given up only 115 yards of total offense through the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. In particular, Buffalo has done a good job against Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles, limiting him to 26 yards on six carries and only 8 yards on five catches. 

Linebacker Kiko Alonso made a terrific play against Charles, dropping him for a loss of 4 yards on a third-and-7 play just before halftime to force a punt.

Good stick: The smallest player on the Buffalo roster made another big-time play. Rookie cornerback Nickell Robey made a big hit on Chiefs receiver Dexter McCluster on a third-and-3 play inside the red zone, limiting him to a 2-yard gain. The Chiefs elected to kick a field goal rather than going for it on fourth and 1, making the score 7-3 in favor of the Bills.

C.J. back, still hobbling: Bills running back C.J. Spiller is back in the lineup after missing last week's game because of a high-ankle sprain. Spiller ripped off a 29-yard run late in the second quarter to help set up a 26-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter. Spiller, though, still does not look 100 percent. He motioned to the sideline after his long run for a substituition.

Dropsies: The Bills caught a huge break late in the second quarter when Kansas City's Dexter McCluster dropped what would have been a huge gain into Buffalo territory. McCluster was wide open and quarterback Alex Smith's pass was perfect, but the receiver simply dropped it.


C.J. Spiller | Dan Carpenter | Kiko Alonso | Nickell Robey
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Tim Graham

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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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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.

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