Chiefs vs. Bills: Top 5 Storylines to Watch in the AFC Divisional Round

01/18/2024
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The Buffalo Bills are in the AFC Divisional Round for the fourth straight season after topping the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-17 in the Wild Card Round on Monday. That game featured Josh Allen balling out with 203 passing yards and three touchdowns while adding 74 yards and another touchdown on the ground. The defense also did its job despite playing all backups in the secondary at one point. The win allows Buffalo to finally host the Kansas City Chiefs at home in the playoffs. The second-seed Bills enter Sunday as three-point favorites over the third-seeded Chiefs. The over/under is set at 45, giving us an implied score of 24-21 in favor of the home team. With the oddsmakers numbers behind us, let’s get into my five storylines to watch as the Bills host the AFC Divisional Round versus the Chiefs on Sunday at 6:30 PM.

Rematch

The Bills beat the Chiefs back in Week 14, 21-17. That is NOT the rematch you care about. The last time the Bills and Chiefs met in the playoffs was back in the 2021 season when Buffalo fell 42-36 in overtime. The OT isn’t what everyone remembers, but the final 13 seconds of regulation. I won’t delve into it too deeply, but you know what this one means to Western New York.

Quarterback Dual

I want to preface this by saying that Allen and Patrick Mahomes will NEVER be on the field at the same time, but it won’t stop us all from talking about these two as though it is a head-to-head matchup. That said, I am looking forward to seeing them try to one-up each other versus the opposing offenses. Their playoff stats are amazing, and I doubt that changes on Sunday. Entering this weekend, Allen has played nine playoff games where he’s averaged just over 281 passing yards per game with 20 touchdowns to four interceptions. On the ground, he has close to 500 rushing yards with four TDs, and don’t forget the receiving touchdown. His counterpart has almost 290 yards passing per game and just under 30 more yards on the ground. Mahomes has 36 passing touchdowns with seven picks and five rushing TDs.

One Step Closer

The Bills are in the playoffs for the fourth straight year, but they have only made it to the AFC Championship game once, a loss to the Chiefs back in 2020. A win on Sunday would put them back at the top of the mountain in the AFC either visiting the Baltimore Ravens or hosting the Houston Texans.

Weather

I’m taking all this information and data from The Weather Channel on Wednesday evening. The Bills and Chiefs should prepare for another cold, windy, snowy game. The projected temperature for Sunday night is 16 degrees, with winds over 10 miles per hour and some snow flurries. The bigger thing we need to worry about is, once again, the weather leading up to the game. Here is what they are saying for the end of this week: “Heavy lake effect snow. Additional snow accumulations of one to three feet in the most persistent lake snows. Storm totals could locally exceed four feet.” That sounds terrible!

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Health

The only thing that might be more fluid right now than the weather is the Bills’ injuries. Buffalo entered last week’s game against the Steelers knowing it wouldn’t have Gabe Davis, Rasul Douglas, Tyrel Dodson, and Taylor Rapp. Things got worse from there as they lost Taron Johnson, Terrell Bernard, Christian Benford, Baylon Spector, and Sam Martin at different points in the game. I don’t believe the Bills will be without all nine of those guys come Sunday, but the releases from Bills PR will be something to keep an eye on as the week unfolds.

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