The Buffalo Bills went into hostile territory and came out victorious, defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 24-20 at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. Buffalo enters the bye week with a 5-1 record – first place in the AFC, and with a two-game lead over Kansas City. The game was a thriller and came down to the final seconds, but Josh Allen and the Bills managed to avenge the “13 seconds” loss that hovered over their heads since January.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the Week 6 win.
Von Miller delivers
General manager Brandon Beane had this type of matchup in mind when he signed veteran edge rusher Von Miller to a six-year, $120 million contract in free agency. And the 33-year old delivered in a huge way. The former Bronco and Ram turned in four tackles and two sacks while generating several hurries that forced Patrick Mahomes into poor passes, and ultimately, the game-sealing interception by Taron Johnson.
Miller delivered a huge third-down sack late in the fourth quarter, forcing a punt with 5:43 left on the clock. Josh Allen then engineered a 12-play drive, capped off with a 14-yard touchdown to Dawson Knox – the game-winner.
Miller’s presence has boosted Buffalo’s defensive front into one of the top units in the NFL and his impact against Mahomes and the vaunted Chiefs offense was invaluable.
Josh Allen pulling away in MVP race
Entering Sunday’s contest, Josh Allen led the NFL in total touchdowns (16), while Mahomes led the league in passing touchdowns (15). The young passers are 1a and 1b in any quarterback rankings you see, but after Allen’s performance, he’s building a strong case for MVP through six weeks. Allen completed 27-of-40 passes for 329 yards, throwing three touchdowns and zero interceptions. He 32-yards on 12 carries, including a signature hurdle over a would-be Chiefs tackler to extend the game-winning scoring drive late in the fourth quarter.
Allen’s performance was flat-out impeccable, and if it weren’t for a handful of miscues by Isaiah McKenzie, his stat line would be even more guady. Still, Allen managed to connect with his No. 1 target, Stefon Diggs 10 times for 148 yards and a score. He found Gabriel Davis for a 34-yard touchdown to give the Bills a 10-7 lead with 22-seconds left in the second quarter, also. He completed passes to eight different receivers and consistently found a way to keep plays alive and keep Buffalo in the game, despite the early struggles.
There isn’t a better quarterback in the NFL this year than Josh Allen, and after getting the proverbial monkey off their back, Buffalo is the team to beat.
Devin Singletary balls out
Fans that have been clamoring for running back Devin Singletary to see more touches got their wish this week. The fourth-year rusher picked up 85 rushing yards on 17 carries, adding 22 receiving yards on four catches as well. Singletary was explosive from his first touch, a nine-yard gain that set the tone for the rest of the game. Nine of his carries went for seven-plus yards and the Florida Atlantic product showcased ridiculous balance through contact, breaking multiple would-be tackles before displaying his incredible shiftiness and vision to squeeze through his blockers into daylight.
It was Singletary’s performance that kept the Bills on schedule, particularly during the first half when the team couldn’t get out of their own way in the passing game. With Zack Moss inactive, Singletary got to shoulder the workload – not just on early downs – but in short-yardage situations, and proved that he was not only capable of delivering in those scenarios, but thriving.
Look for Singletary’s role to grow after the bye week.
The Bills enter the bye week at the perfect time. For the last 10 months, the media has been holding the “13 seconds” game over Buffalo’s head. Now, they can move on – for the regular season, at least – and be fully focused for the long, 11-game stretch to close the season. Tre’Davious White could potentially return, barring any setbacks, and the handful of other defenders who have been banged up will have ample time to recover as well. The Bills will host Aaron Rodgers and a struggling Green Bay Packers squad at Highmark Stadium on Monday Night Football in Week 8 in front of what will be a raucous crowd.