The KC Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bills in Week 6 and did so pretty handily. This will be an entirely different matchup.
When the Kansas City Chiefs narrowly defeated the Browns to advance to their third straight AFC Championship Game, Chiefs fans were puffing their chests out, and for good reason. It was a hard-fought win and one that didn’t seem possible once Patrick Mahomes went down.
Chiefs Kingdom knew the Bills would be coming to town for the AFC Championship Game and many would look back to the Week 6 matchup between the two and say “We whooped them then, so we’ll whoop them now!” Yeah, that’s not the case and anyone who thinks this game will go in a similar fashion to that Week 6 battle hasn’t been paying attention.
The two hottest teams in football right now are the Bills and the Bucs, both of whom are playing in their respective title games this weekend. Buffalo was trending downward when they hosted the Chiefs in Week 6 and quite frankly, that was to be expected, as they had to prepare for two opponents the week prior due to Tennessee’s COVID issues.
That threw everything off and, as a result, the Chiefs waltzed into Orchard Park, ran all over the Bills, and returned to Kansas City with a victory. Anyone who thinks this game will be a Chiefs blowout is delusional because this Bills team is a force to be reckoned with for sure.
The KC Chiefs weren’t facing a healthy Josh Allen the last time the two teams squared off.
While Allen played in Week 6, he wasn’t his usual self (or at least what he’s been for the majority of this season). He was battling a shoulder injury in that game and it definitely showed. He threw for just 122 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception while rushing for 42 yards. Allen isn’t going to be limited this time around, so those numbers from the first matchup mean next to nothing.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran all over Buffalo’s defense in Week 6.
The rookie running back had his best game of the season, rushing for 161 yards off of 26 carries and the Chiefs, as a whole, finished the evening with 245 yards on the ground with a touchdown. The Bills did finish the 2020 regular season ranked in the bottom half as far as rushing yards go, but they didn’t allow a big game on the ground to anyone on the Ravens’ offense.
Edwards-Helaire didn’t play in the divisional round, so this rematch might not even happen. Darrel Williams looked good against the Browns, but can he run for 70+ yards again vs. the Bills? We’ll find out on Sunday.
It really looks like this could be the Bills’ year.
Chiefs fans aren’t going to want to hear this, but there isn’t a team with as much momentum as Buffalo right now. Kansas City was in this exact spot last year, as the Chiefs had all of the momentum in the world and their entire city behind them.
Ever since the Bills lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Cardinals off the “Hail Murray”, they’ve been unstoppable. Allen has played like an MVP candidate, Stefon Diggs has been a nightmare for defenses to cover, and the defense has tightened up.
Yes, this game is at Arrowhead Stadium and there’s a chance Mahomes can’t play, but even if he can, don’t assume this game is going to be anything like the one we witnessed in Week 6. These Bills deserve more respect than that.