The Buffalo Bills enter Week 6 coming off of a dominant 38-3 home win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5. The level of competition ramps up in a big way as they visit fellow 4-1 Kansas City Sunday afternoon. There is a lot to unpack in this game, so here are five storylines to keep a lookout for once they kick off from Arrowhead.
The Bills and Chiefs are the top two teams in the conference, and that isn’t just my eye test or opinion.
Both teams currently sit at 4-1 overall with Buffalo having a 3-1 record in the AFC and Kansas City sitting a half-game back at 2-1. The two teams are also top in point differential. The Bills come into Sunday with a +91, and the Chiefs are in second at +34.
I know it is only game number six, but the winner of this one would take a one-game lead on their closest competitor as well as the all-important head-to-head tiebreaker should they finish with the same record. A loss in the division could also come into play when it comes to tiebreakers with other opponents in playoff seeding. In short, there is a lot on the line in this one.
Dethrone the Chiefs
On the surface, it doesn’t look like Buffalo is too far behind KC in bragging rights, as their last five games are split two for Buffalo and three for Kansas City. However, it is 2-0 in favor of the Chiefs when it comes to the postseason, including the heartbreaking 42-36 overtime loss last year. The Bills getting a win over the Chiefs may not only help in the aforementioned AFC playoff race but also help cultivate a winning mindset vs. Kansas City as another playoff matchup seems almost imminent.
Allen vs. Mahomes
It’s basically a given at this point that Bills’ Josh Allen and Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes are the two best quarterbacks in the NFL. At the time of writing this, the duo holds down the top two spots in MVP odds regardless of where you like to donate your money. While the QBs won’t play against each other on the field, they appear ready to fight to the end in the box score stats.
Allen currently leads the league in yards (1,652) with Mahomes sitting in fourth (1,398). The pair are both in the top six of completion percentage for QBs who have played all five games. Mahomes is tops in the league with 15 passing TDs, and Allen sits just one behind. They’re also second (Mahomes) and fourth (Allen) in passer rating. This game could go a long way in who ultimately takes home the MVP award.
Hill to Die On
If one player has been a thorn in Buffalo’s side since Sean McDermott became head coach, it is wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Guess what? He doesn’t play for Kansas City anymore. So, what does this mean for this matchup? Well, Buffalo won’t have to deal with a guy who has 20 catches for 322 yards and a TD in just two playoff games against them. Hill also has 19 receptions for another 157 yards in four regular season contests vs. the Bills. The focus of the Buffalo defense now shifts to tight end Travis Kelce who is coming off of a four-touchdown performance against the Raiders.
Groot Von’na Boogie
Get it? Groot Wanna (Von’na) Boogie! I amuse me! Anyways, we know that one of the keys to slowing down KC and Patrick Mahomes is to get pressure on him with your front four. The Bucs destroyed the Chiefs’ offense in the playoffs by doing so. Buffalo has invested heavily in the pass rush game by drafting Greg Rousseau, Boogie Basham, and others as well as signing Von Miller. That trio currently ranks in the top 20 of Pro Football Focus’ pass rush grades and gives Buffalo a great chance to move Mahomes and more importantly bring him to the ground.
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