On Sunday, January 23rd at 5:30 P.M. CT, two of the best teams in the AFC will clash for four quarters. The Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills will meet inside Arrowhead Stadium for one of the most anticipated matchups in NFL playoff history. Two young gunslinging quarterbacks, two defenses playing at the top of the NFL, and both teams are hungry to get to the AFC Championship. What can we expect from this game of such magnitude?
Josh Allen Will Look to Run On the Defense of the Kansas City Chiefs
Quarterback Josh Allen is known for his ability to throw a football. Similar to Patrick Mahomes, both quarterbacks have the nickname gunslinger. The ability to make plays happen when they break down and launch the football downfield to a wide-open receiver is uncharacteristic to most. One thing Josh Allen is utilizing more is his legs. Allen will scramble out of the pocket for an easy 10 yards if need be. In the AFC Wildcard round, Allen carried the football six times for 66-yards averaging 11-yards per carry. In the 2021-22 NFL regular season Allen rushed for 763 yards and six touchdowns.
The Chiefs’ defense will need to be prepared for this possible scenario. The defense will have to be keen on Allen when a play breaks down or it is 3rd down, and he breaks for the 1st down marker. Kansas City dealt with a similar style of quarterback play in the last game of the regular season. Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock found the end zone on the ground twice, nearly costing the Chiefs a victory. There is no question the Chiefs will have their hand full in this game.
Eliminating Mistakes and Causing Mistakes Is Key for the Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs started the season turning the football over at an astronomical rate, and as I touched on in my previous article, all that goes out the window when the playoffs start. The Chiefs need to eliminate costly mistakes and in, return, force those mistakes upon the Buffalo Bills.
Patrick Mahomes showed why he is, a previous MVP when he dialed up touchdown after touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He did throw an interception, but the team responded in playoff mode and scored at will. When the offense is playing in Madden mode and the defense is on lockdown they are the scariest team in the playoffs. The Chiefs will be facing a tougher defense that is ranked No. 1 in the NFL. The margin for error in all three facets of the game will be critical in securing a victory and heading to an AFC Championship.
The Kansas City Chiefs Need to Establish Their Offense
KC came out slow against the Pittsburgh Steelers and was trailing into the 2nd quarter. The important detail in that sentence is the word “was”. Once Kansas City settled into their offense and ditched the trickery they began to click on all cylinders. Mahomes started connecting with wide receiver Byron Pringle and tight end Travis Kelce but utilized his running back Jerick McKinnon. McKinnon was fired up and ready to contribute in whatever role he was given. Whether it was through the passing game or the running game, he gave it everything he had. The offense will not have time to mess around with the Bills defense nor give too many opportunities to their offense. KC will want to capitalize on every single drive and build momentum throughout the game.
Are You Ready for the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs?
This is going to be a game of magnitude there is no argument about that. There is so much riding on this game. The sour memory for Bills’ fans and players losing in Kansas City in the AFC Championship game last year. Kansas City, wanting to revenge themselves after getting beat inside their home, 38-20. This game will be chirpy and worth your viewership, even if you are not a fan of either team. The game will be aired on CBS with Jim Nantz and Tony Romo calling the game.