After the last time the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs met in the playoffs, there were high expectations for this Week Six matchup. Those expectations were exceeded. While it wasn’t an offensive game the entire time, both teams made explosive plays on both sides of the ball to keep it close. The Bills got their revenge from the playoffs with a 24-20 victory. Here are the main takeaways from the victory.
Devin Singletary Was A Key On Offense
It was a massive day for Devin Singletary. In the first half, he ended up with 10 carries for 76 yards and helped set up multiple drives that could’ve been scores. In the end, he finished with 17 attempts for 85 yards while also seeing action in the pass game with four receptions for 22 yards. Singletary showed great contact balance to get through congested areas to make big plays when he should’ve been stopped. The saying goes, you run to set up the pass, and that is what happened today as Singletary’s help in the run game set up huge passes in the second half.
The Travis Kelce Kryptonite
The Bills defense found a way to limit Travis Kelce to 57 yards on six receptions and a touchdown in last season’s October game. When it came to the playoffs though, Kelce found ways to make plays and had 96 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions. Those recent struggles to contain Kelce continued today for the Bills, as he had eight receptions go for 108 yards. There were even drives where it seemed like the Bills were going to force the Chiefs off the field on third down, and Kelce was open to keep drives alive. The Bills had been great against tight ends so far this season, allowing only 157 yards through the first five weeks, Kelce was a different story.
Classic Josh Allen Game
It was a great game from Josh Allen as he completed 27-of-40 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. If plays weren’t down the field he was fine with taking passes underneath, and when plays were open down field he put it where only his receivers could get it or have it be incomplete. On the final scoring drive of the game is when Allen took over on the ground as well. It started with a quarterback sneak from Allen on a fourth-and-one to keep the drive alive. Then a few plays later, he ran 16 yards down the field and even hurdled over a defender for the first down. Then two plays later was the 14-yard touchdown from Allen to Dawson Knox to win the game.
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A Day To Forget For Isaiah McKenzie
It was not a great day for Isaiah McKenzie. First, it was a fumble on the opening drive of the game that was recovered by the Chiefs. Then in the end zone on fourth down while Allen was under pressure he found McKenzie open. What should’ve been a touchdown was a drop by McKenzie. Another pass with roughly 1:24 left in the first quarter, Allen in the Bills end zone had McKenzie wide open, and McKenzie couldn’t haul the ball in as it went off his hands. It was not a great day for McKenzie.
Von Miller Is What The Bills Were Missing In The Playoffs
Von Miller was all over the field making plays all day. Arguably his biggest play was in the fourth quarter with five minutes left, when he was able to sack Patrick Mahomes on third down to stop the Chiefs from scoring on that drive. That allowed the Bills offense to go and score what would be the game winning touchdown. Even on the Chiefs’ last offensive drive with a minute to go, Miller was able to get pressure on Mahomes, which resulted in Taron Johnson securing the interception and the win. Miller had two sacks, two tackles for a loss, and two quarterback hits. He was in the backfield all day and provided the presence the Bills were missing the last time these two teams met.