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Third-quarter analysis: Jeff Tuel's pick-six swings momentum

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills were on the doorstep of a 17-3 lead today against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Then the unthinkable happened.

Quarterback Jeff Tuel threw an ill-advised pass that was intended for T.J. Graham. The ball was intercepted and returned for a 100-yard touchdown by Chiefs defensive back Sean Smith, making it a tie game, 10-10. That completely deflated the sell-out crowd here at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Tuel's interception came after Fred Jackson was stuffed twice on run plays from the 1-yard line. It ended a drive that featured a 61-yard run by C.J. Spiller on the first play of the third quarter.

Woods hurt: Bills receiver Robert Woods limped off the field and straight to the locker room with 2:31 to play in the third quarter with what the team announced was a leg injury. The team announced his return is questionable. Woods' teammates showed a great deal of concern as he was being looked at by trainers.

Getting aggressive: Bills fans have been asking for their team to be more aggressive, and they got their wish in the third quarter. Coach Doug Marrone kept his offense on the field for a fourth-and-2 play from the Chiefs' 36-yard line. The play didn't work, though, as Tuel overthrew Graham deep down the left sideline.

Time of possession: Partly because of the pick-six at the end of a long drive, the Bills dominated time of possession. Buffalo held the ball for exactly 12 minutes, while the Chiefs had it for just 3.


C.J. Spiller | Doug Marrone | Fred Jackson | Jeff Tuel | Robert Woods | T.J. Graham
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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

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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.

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