Alright Chiefs fans, that was a rough one.
But we’ve got a nice, juicy target up on deck for us: the Buffalo Bills.
B-but Josh Allen is an MVP! T-the Bills have a good defense!
Josh Allen has played the following teams: New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Rams, Las Vegas Raiders, and Tennessee Titans. None of them have good secondaries. He lost to the Titans, who hadn’t gotten much practice in because of their COVID fiasco. As for the other four, the Rams are the only legitimate team they beat in a one-score game. Josh Allen, and I cannot stress this enough, an MVP-caliber player.
And as for their defense, it’s been average at best (quite literally ranking 16th in yards allowed). Kansas City needs a bounce-back win to right the ship, and pulling one out against the 4-1 Bills on Monday Night Football should do just the trick. Now, to the match-ups!
Tyreek Hill vs Tre’Davious White
In what will most likely be the marquee match-up of the game, we find one of the league’s top wideouts going head-to-head with CB Tre’Davious White, who is arguably top-five at his position. However, White has struggled to start the season, allowing a 123.2 passer rating when targeted and a career-high 13.4 yards-per-catch. After earning first team All-Pro honors last year, White has seriously regressed.
Tyreek Hill, on the other hand, has had an excellent start to his season. With 22 catches for 364 yards and four touchdowns, Hill has picked up right where he left off and is having another solid start to the season. Hill is also averaging 16.4 yards-per-catch, the second-highest mark of his career. White has talent, no doubt. But Hill is the most difficult assignment he’s drawn so far. I expect the Cheetah to eat yet again on Monday Night.
Chiefs Secondary vs Bills Passing Attack
The Kansas City secondary was roasted by Derek Carr last week, and the Bills have a much better air attack. Stefon Diggs has shown that his trade was worthwhile, and John Brown has been a nice speedy compliment to him on the opposite side. Throw in Cole Beasley and Dawson Knox, and Buffalo actually has a formidable passing game. CB Bashaud Breeland will be looking to improve upon his first performance back, a rough outing against the Raiders.
CB Charvarious Ward will be key in this game. With two legitimate deep threats on the outside, the young DB will have to step up his game to keep things easy on the offense. He looked sluggish in coverage last week, and was largely at fault for multiple deep completions. Those will be even more dangerous against the Bills offense, but I expect Ward to bounce back.
Chiefs Rushing Attack vs Bills Front Seven
Will newly signed RB Le’Veon Bell play on Monday Night? Most likely. This will inject new life into a Chiefs rushing attack that had been somewhat limited up until this point. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, as talented as he is, had been struggling to put consistent games together. With more of a committee approach expected, it should keep both backs fresh against a stout Bills front-seven. Buffalo ranks 12th against the run this year, headlined by the likes of Ed Oliver, Tremaine Edmunds, and Trent Murphy. Oliver and Edmunds both provide excellent run-stuffing skills and great speed for their respective positions. Edmunds, in particular, will also be a factor against the two backs in the pass game. Ultimately, I expect this to be more of a wash, with Bell getting acclimated to a new system against an above-average rush defense.
Chris Jones & Frank Clark vs Bills O-Line
This will be a very interesting match-up. Clark and Jones have been dominant so far, and they’ll look to keep the mean streak going against the Bills. Buffalo has allowed just 10 sacks thus far, a massive improvement for how a typical line for them performs. LT Dion Dawkins received a hefty extension this past offseason, and will be looking to prove his money’s worth against the ferocious Chiefs pass rush. Center Mitch Morse and guard Quinton Spain will have their hands full with Jones and fellow DT Mike Pennel, who has had a great start after coming back from a two-game suspension. While the Buffalo O-line has been strong this year, Clark and Jones have been stronger. Expect another disruptive game from the Chiefs front-four as they make life hell for Josh Allen.
Some people think this will be a close game. I don’t.
Buffalo is worse than their record shows, and the loss to the Titans on Tuesday proves that. The Chiefs defense might struggle, but I expect a win regardless.
Final Score: 37-24 Chiefs