By Buck Coquillette
After an eventful week 5, the NFL heads into its sixth week with some big games ahead. The Dallas Cowboys play the Philadelphia Eagles, a matchup between the two most hated fan bases in the league. However, the game that everyone is looking forward to is the Buffalo Bills versus the Kansas City Chiefs, which will be a rematch of one of the most entertaining games – the 2021 AFC divisional round. The thrilling overtime game resulted in the Chiefs’ victory, 42-36. Both elite-level quarterbacks and their teams look to make a statement this Sunday.
Coming off of a 38-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bills have plenty of momentum on both sides of the ball. Josh Allen had 421 yards and four touchdowns, and he also leads the league in passing yards with 1,651. Their receiving core had a great day, too – Gabe Davis had 171 yards with two touchdowns, and Stefon Diggs had 102 yards with one touchdown. In addition, their offensive line did not let Allen get hit throughout the entire game. The Bills have outscored their opponents 152-61 this season; their offense proved time and time again that they can score plenty of points – no matter the opponent.
Defensively, the Bills have one of the strongest, most well-rounded defenses in the league. Despite plenty of injuries across the defense, the backups stepped up and did their jobs. An elite defensive line, led by pass-rushing veteran Von Miller, has only allowed 77.8 rushing yards a game, which is second in the NFL. Overall, the defense has only allowed one touchdown in the second half this season. It will be interesting to see how the defense will try to shut down Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes this Sunday.
The Kansas City Chiefs (4-1) have their third straight home game after a high-scoring win against Tampa Bay and a comeback win over Las Vegas last week. After getting down 17-0 at halftime versus the Raiders, Mahomes led a crazy comeback, throwing four touchdowns, all to tight end Kelce, who set an NFL record with four touchdown receptions with only 25 yards. The Chiefs are first in points per drive in the NFL, partially because of their great play-calling and offensive line. Without Tyrek Hill, the matchup will be different against the Bills this year, and the wide receiving core will have to show out. Also, without a speedy star receiver, Mahomes will heavily rely on his man Kelce. Andy Reid must get creative with his play calling as he always does to beat the tough Bills defense. The Chiefs’ defense has been struggling the past few weeks, letting up a combined 60 points in the past two games. With injuries on the d-line and the secondary, the Chiefs are vulnerable to the electric passing game of Josh Allen and the Bills.
Overall, expect a high-scoring, entertaining game from these AFC powerhouse teams this Sunday at 4:25.