The Buffalo Bills rollercoaster season continued in Week 12 when they lost in overtime to the Philadelphia Eagles, 37-34. The bright spot was the fact that the offense once again moved the ball at will under offensive coordinator Joe Brady. In his two games in charge of Josh Allen and crew, Brady’s bunch has averaged 33 points per game, which is against two of the better defenses in football in the Eagles and New York Jets. If that were to have been the average the entire season, it would be first in the NFL. Ok, that’s the past, here’s what is on the line this Sunday when they visit the Chiefs: EVERYTHING!
It’s not quite that important, but damn near. We’ll dive deeper into that in the coming paragraphs, so without further ado, here are my top five storylines to watch as the Bills visit Kansas City in another 4:25 kickoff, this time in Missouri on Sunday.
I’m staunchly against saying a game is a “must-win” when it is not technically a “must-win,” and my stance bugged many of you on social media. Well, we’re getting to a point where we are both right. If the Bills were to finish off the season by going 5-0 and 11-6 overall they are in. If they went 4-1 and finished 10-7, things still look in their favor. Anything worse than that, and we are approaching FAFO (not sure what that is? Look it up, but not on a work computer) territory. We’ve known all along that if the Bills want to reach their ultimate goal of a Super Bowl, the Chiefs were most likely going to be a roadblock they would have to navigate. That object in the mirror is just way closer than it appears!
Bye Week McDermott
Bills Mafia may want McDermott fired at the end of the season, but first, hope that the trend of his teams winning coming off of their bye continues. Entering Sunday, Buffalo is 6-0 coming off the bye week under Sean McDermott. 7-0 would go a long way toward the aforementioned playoff run.
Josh vs Patrick
I will start by saying that wins are not a QB stat. I want to follow that up by reminding everyone that Allen and Patrick Mahomes will never be on the field against one another. That said, we all know this will be discussed as Allen vs. Mahomes. As of right now, the two are both in the top 10 in NFL MVP betting odds, although neither is in the top three. Which QB plays better will go a long way into deciding who wins this game and will give a spike to MVP odds from the sharps in Sin City.
Win a Close Game
The Bills are currently getting 1.5 points, according to those resorts in Las Vegas. If the game is that close, Bills fans will be biting off their fingernails. This season, all six of Buffalo’s losses have come by six points or less. I guess what I am saying is, wear gloves!
Will Von Play?
I’m not going to get into the legalities of the Von Miller situation or rehash the police report, but whether or not the future Hall of Famer takes the field on Sunday will be a talking point.