The Buffalo Bills are on to the AFC Divisional Round for the fourth straight year, or the fourth out of four times that Josh Allen was the full-season starter. To get there, the Bills had to knock off the Pittsburgh Steelers at home in the Wild Card round, which they did by two scores, 31-17. That covered the ten-point spread, a line many said was too big thanks to the weather, which ended up not really being a factor. Buffalo is a 2.5-point home favorite versus their archenemies, the Kansas City Chiefs, next week in the Divisional Round. We’ll worry about that matchup in the coming days, but let’s take one more look at the impressive opening-round win with my latest five “would you believe me if I said…” stats coming out of the AFC Wild Card.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… playoff Josh Allen is a different animal?
Josh Allen has played in nine playoff games where he is averaging 336 total yards per game and 2.5 touchdowns per contest. If that was a full season it would be 44 TDs and 5,712 yards. Add to that the fact that playoff games are (generally) against tough competition, and you have a dude ready for his gold jacket.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Josh Allen continues to one-up himself?
Everything I wrote above was aided by one play in the Bills’ win over the Steelers. Allen had a 52-yard touchdown run. That run was the longest of his career and the second-longest TD run by a QB in the postseason.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… McDermott makes chicken salad out of chicken (you get it)?
At one point, the Bills’ secondary was made up entirely of backups in the win over the Steelers. Despite that fact, they allowed just one play over 20 yards to Pittsburgh. It was a long pass from Mason Rudolph to Pat Freiermuth. Having your back seven be extremely limited and still deploying a perfect “bend, but don’t break” defense was impressive.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills have achieved something only one other team has?
The Bills have won a playoff game in four straight postseasons. Only the Chiefs join the Bills in having at least one win in the last four playoffs. Not too shabby when you consider the fact that the Miami Dolphins haven’t even won a playoff game since 2000.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… we have no idea if Patrick Mahomes can win on the road?
The Bills hosting Kansas City next Sunday at 6:30 is the first time in Mahomes’ career he will play a true road playoff game. The Chiefs’ signal-caller has played all 15 of his postseason games at home or in the Super Bowl. That’s an impressive feat, but for Bills Mafia’s sake, hopefully an accomplishment that is one and done this year.
BONUS STAT: The Bills are currently riding a six-game winning streak. That is the longest active streak in the NFL. The Packers’ four-game streak is the second longest.