Imagine if Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson got into the ring with each other after they suffered their first losses. That is what Monday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills may look like.
The Chiefs are coming in 4-1 after suffering their first loss to the Oakland Raiders. Yes, you read that correctly, the Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs defense could not stop Derek Carr and the deep ball last Sunday and got torched at home by a final score of 40-32.
The Bills come in on the same boat, 4-1 and coming off their most recent loss. They suffered theirs to the Tennessee Titans after what seemed like an eternity of a COVID outbreak for the Titans. Derek Henry and Ryan Tannehill were too much for the Bills usually strong defense and Josh Allen had his worst game of the season. They were fully blown out 42-16.
The Bills last played on Tuesday so they will be on a bit of short rest, advantage Chiefs. But the game should be an incredibly interesting and fun matchup to watch unfold. Mahomes doesn’t have many “bad” games and it’s even tough to characterize last week’s as bad but it wasn’t how he typically plays. He completed just 22 of 43 passes and threw an interception. Sure, he had a ton of yards, but his offense committed penalties when he was looking most comfortable and he wasn’t himself in some other big moments.
Josh Allen has been the surprise MVP candidate quarterback thus far, but the same can be said for him against the Titans. His QB rating had not been under 100 percent all season, but it was at 77.6 on Tuesday. That combined with Devin Singletary rushing for just 25 yards on 11 attempts buried the Bills early on.
The Bills had one of the top pass defenses in the league last year, allowing just 6.2 yards per completion. This year, that number has jumped up to 7.4. In five games, they have allowed 23 points or more four times. In two of those games, their opponents have scored more than 32 games.
Keys to the Game:
Kansas City Chiefs, Get the run game going: Clyde Edwards-Helaire was a bit of a non-factor in the loss to the Raiders, being used only on first and second down and most of the time to block. The Chiefs just signed Le’Veon Bell who will probably be a secondary option in this first week of play. Expect the Chiefs to establish a run game to take away some pressure off of Mahomes.
Buffalo Bills, Move the Ball Around: Josh Allen has found early chemistry with Stefon Diggs but last week he may have been forcing him the ball. Diggs was targeted 16 times against the Titans, prior to that game his target-high was 13. Diggs caught just 10 of those 16 targets. Allen needs to move the ball around for more sustained success in the passing game.
The Chiefs are playing this game with more than a full week of rest. They come in as four point favorites and I don’t see this Chiefs team losing twice in a row.
Chiefs 28 Bills 21
By: Matt Blively CruelFan.com