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September 17, 2012

Bills defensive line finally showing some oomph

Buffalo “D” finishes with five sacks and three forced turnovers in big win over Chiefs.

LOCKPORT —  

Now that's more like it.

Kyle Williams and fellow members of the Buffalo Bills' high-priced defensive line were feeling much better about themselves on Monday, a day after showing what a little more oomph and urgency can do.

"Obviously, from what you saw yesterday, it is a lot better. It's a lot better for us. It's a lot better for our win-loss column," Williams said. "You have to go out and make things happen, and I think we did a lot more of that yesterday."

The veteran tackle was referring to the line's dominant outing in a 35-17 win over Kansas City in Buffalo's home opener. The Bills had five sacks, forced three turnovers and limited the Chiefs to 3 points and 184 yards offense through three quarters, when the game was effectively over with Buffalo up 35-3.

While running back C.J. Spiller has Buffalo's offense up and running with an NFL-leading 292 yards rushing and 364 yards from scrimmage, the revamped defense finally began showing glimpses of its potential in preparing to play at Cleveland (0-2) this weekend.

And it was a significant turnaround after the defense failed to make a dent — no sacks, one tackle for a loss — in a season-opening 48-28 loss to the New York Jets a week earlier.

"The first game was bad," Williams acknowledged. "But I think we knew we could do it. We knew the players that we had. And we just had to go out and do it."

Williams led with two sacks. Fellow tackle Marcell Dareus, defensive end Alex Carrington and linebacker Kelvin Sheppard had a sack apiece, while Mario Williams recovered a fumble. Veteran linebacker Nick Barnett made a momentum-turning play at the end of first half, when he forced running back Peyton Hillis to fumble at the Bills goal line to preserve a 21-0 lead.

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