If you are reading this, you know exactly what happened in the Buffalo Bills’ Week 6 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, but if you’re not, let me catch you up to speed. The Bills, who actually entered the Arrowhead contest as favorites, did, in fact, defeat the Chiefs, a late-fourth quarter Taron Johnson interception capping off a 24-20 victory. What interesting tidbits of information have you missed coming out of the statement victory?
The Bills head in the bye mostly unscathed
Injuries have been one of the biggest storylines of the season’s first six weeks. The Bills entered the Chiefs game with their complement of talent (minus Micah Hyde on IR and Tre’Davious White on the PUP list) and nearly left that way. They lost starting right tackle Spencer Brown to a walking boot. Sean McDermott classified him as “day to day,” a reassuring diagnosis entering a free week. Christian Benford and Dane Jackson both left for a time, but both returned, noted as a “nonissue” by the Bills’ head coach. Taiwan Jones was the other Bill to be banged up with a hamstring injury. McDermott also noted him as “day to day.”
The Bills’ offense is putting up some genuinely astronomical numbers. Josh Allen alone is outpacing entire teams in terms of yards. If Allen were to maintain his current pace, the Bills quarterback would pass for over 5,600 yards, throwing for 48 touchdowns, and rush for another 700 yards. This would destroy Drew Brees’ 2011 total offensive yard record of 5,404 yards. His top pass catcher is on pace for over 1,800 yards on 128 catches, beating his Bills record set in 2020. Even Devin Singletary is having a quietly productive year, on pace for 1,200 yards from scrimmage. On the defensive side, Von Miller is averaging a sack a game, and Greg Rousseau is on pace for double-digit sacks opposite of him.
If you follow Cover 1, you know we love Football Outsider’s DVOA statistic for measuring offense and defense. The Bills exit Week 6 as the first team in 19 years to hold the number one spot in offensive and defensive DVOA. DVOA factors in things like the quality of the opponent, and the Bills played some quality opponents. The eye test backs it up. The Bills have held the reigning Super Bowl champs, the reigning number-one overall seed, and the Chiefs to 20 points or less.
The Bills control their own destiny
Perhaps it is too early to note this, but let’s do it anyways. Six weeks into the season, the Bills are the only AFC team with a 5-1 record and now hold a two-game lead on the Kansas City Chiefs. With the only other 4-2 teams being the Jets, a talented, but still young team that the Bills face twice, and the Chargers, who have looked far worse than their preseason hype, little stands in the Bills’ way of hosting two home playoff games.