Rapid Reaction: Bills 54, Chiefs 31

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills couldn't have drawn up a better script for Trent Edwards. Not only did they win Sunday on the road, but they also received a strong performance from a quarterback who badly needed to end a period of wretchedness.

After some uncomfortable early moments, the Bills whomped the Kansas City Chiefs 54-31 in Arrowhead Stadium. The Bills are 6-5 and two games behind the New York Jets for first place in the AFC East.

But their path to the playoffs is tougher than it sounds. They're tied with the Miami Dolphins, who are playing well. The New England Patriots are also ahead of the Bills at 7-4. The Bills will host the San Francisco 49ers before returning to AFC East play in two weeks.

Edwards' passer rating looked more like the temperature on a frosty, late-autumn Western New York morning over a four-game losing streak that sent the Bills from first to worst in the AFC East. But against lowly Kansas City, he showed he might be starting to get his act together. He completed 24 of 32 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns. He didn't throw any interceptions. He ran for two touchdowns.

Edwards also found Lee Evans six days after failing to complete a single pass to the Bills' highly paid receiver. Evans had five catches for 110 yards. Buffalo survived the absences of cornerback Jabari Greer and strong safety Donte Whitner against a revitalized passing game. Chiefs quarterback Tyler Thigpen threw for three touchdowns but connected with No. 1 wide receiver Dwayne Bowe only once.