The Buffalo Bills – yes, those Buffalo Bills – walked into Kansas City and bullied the vaunted Chiefs in a 38-20 win. In an incredible game by the Bills, which was delayed by lightning for an hour at halftime, the Chiefs’ offense was held in check all throughout the game.
Questions on how “real” this Bills defense is have been given a resounding, deafening answer: They’re real, and they’re spectacular.
Josh Allen proved once again to be one of the best Quarterbacks in the world with his performance on Sunday night, finishing 15/26 for 315 yards, 3 passing TDs, along with 11 rushing attempts for 59 yards and a TD.
The Bills put on a masterful performance, and deserve to be examined under the microscope more closely in the next few days, but for now, let’s look into the most inspirational and irksome parts of the game, what player requires a better performance, and who left a question unanswered tonight.
Inspire: Toxic Differential
Fellow Cover 1 contributor, Aaron Quinn talks constantly, perhaps almost annoyingly, about toxic differential. For those that don’t know, Toxic Differential takes a team’s explosive plays (25+ yards for passing plays, 10+ yards for rushing plays) and turnovers. Toxic Differential, like any other statistic, often doesn’t tell the whole story. In this case, it says it all. The Bills finished with 13 positive toxic differential plays, to the Chiefs’ 2. 13 to 2.
The Bills had massive plays on offense, deep passes to Stefon Diggs and Dawson Knox, two TDs from Emmanuel Sanders, along with huge runs from Allen. More importantly, the Bills did not turn the ball over once, and created 4 turnovers of their own, which included a Micah Hyde pick-six. The Bills defense smothered the Chiefs in coverage, executing exactly what both Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier have conceived before, and got to actualize tonight. More interestingly, they did so without blitzing Patrick Mahomes a single time, according to Next Gen stats. The Bills won making big plays in big moments, where the Chiefs looked dazed, confused, and desperate for a spark that would never come.
Inquire: Josh Allen
Please read the entire section before bringing out the pitchforks. Josh Allen had a statement game. His passing was on point for big plays, his running was decisive and critical, and to have the sequel to the hurdle on a huge 3rd down play? Magical. The only reason why Joshua Patrick Allen is in the Inquire section is due to the fact that essentially all of his passing yards were the product of big plays.
It’s certainly possible to leave the inquire section as a N/A given that this seemed to be the best game the Bills have played and answered all sorts of questions, but ultimately this particular thing does require some answers in the future. The short game struggled, and while it certainly is not a concern at the moment, it’s an interesting nugget to keep an eye on in future games.
Require: Devin Singletary
The Bills said at the beginning of the year that they would ride the hot hand, and the hot hand has not been Devin Singletary.
Singletary didn’t have a horrible game, but an early drop on an open screen pass was frustrating. Singletary has a good, unique skill set that complements Zack Moss very well, but he needs to start making plays to get more touches and be a better running mate to Moss. Moss, on the other hand, was fantastic. While he also had a drop, his runs in the 4th quarter were exactly what you want to see from a big, bruising back with balance like Moss.
Irk: Bills Pass Rush Discipline
Yes, there could be an entire article written about Carl Cheffers’ crew and the bizarre, nonsensical way in which they reffed this particular game. It’s also extremely late at night and no one has the patience to relitigate all the shenanigans of the poor referee crew.
Easily the most irksome football aspect of the Bills game tonight was the lack of discipline in rushing Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes was able to escape left, right and up the middle far too often against the Bills. Many of the plays against the BIlls defense were made because of this lack of rush lane discipline, being too inconsistent, and ultimately because Mahomes is an excellent athlete who can make absurd plays all on his own.
The Bills, who kept a business-like attitude all through the week leading up to this game, now face the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football in Nashville. The extra day of rest will be good for the team coming out of a very late game, and the business first mentality should remain as the Titans present a formidable matchup. Regardless, this is without a doubt, one of the biggest wins of Sean McDermott’s career, and puts them squarely at the top of the AFC moving forward. The Bills have all the talent, confidence, and momentum moving forward, and it looks like that won’t change anytime soon.