The Buffalo Bills came so close to reaching the Super Bowl in 2020. Instead, they had their stellar season ended by the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Stefon Diggs knows what’s at stake, and he says the team is trying to tune out the noise. The Pro Bowl wide receiver reveals the Bills’ mindset going into their playoff rematch against the Chiefs.
Stefon Diggs says Bills are not satisfied
The Buffalo Bills seem to have hit their stride at the perfect time. Sean McDermott’s squad finished with an 11-6 record after reeling off four straight wins to close the regular season.
Buffalo carried its momentum into the NFL playoffs and destroyed the New England Patriots 47-17 in the Wild Card Round. Despite the big win, the Bills must focus on beating the Kansas Chiefs to advance to the AFC Championship Game.
Stefon Diggs shed some light on the team’s mentality heading into the Divisional Round.
“We all have a similar story of kind of being a little counted out and coming through the back door and having some success,” Diggs said per Syracuse.com’s Matt Parrino. The 2-time Pro Bowler understands the team has yet to finish the mission.
“But always on that steady increase or that grind trying to get better,” Diggs added. “I feel like that’s what makes us the team we are. Nobody is around here getting fat and satisfied. It’s like, well, on to the next. Let’s keep going.”
Stefon Diggs knows what pain feels like. He watched Kansas City celebrate its second consecutive Super Bowl berth. He and his teammates want to return the favor on the road at Arrowhead Stadium.
Buffalo is trying to avenge their 2020 AFC Championship loss to the Chiefs
The Buffalo Bills enjoyed a fantastic 2020 season, finishing with a 13-3 record and an AFC East title. They disposed of the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens to reach the AFC Championship Game.
Unfortunately, Buffalo ran into Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Andy Reid’s squad took down the Bills 38-24, ending their impressive 2020 campaign.
The loss certainly motivated Stefon Diggs and company to come back even stronger in 2021. While the regular season wasn’t as smooth as anticipated, Buffalo is putting it all together at the right time.
The Bills will be looking to build on their convincing victory over the Chiefs in Week 5. Buffalo dominated Kansas City on Sunday Night Football. Josh Allen racked up 315 passing yards, 59 rushing yards, and four total touchdowns. The defense also played lights out, forcing three Mahomes turnovers.
Both teams will look different this time around, but the Bills can still take things from the first meeting into the rematch.
“Just need to execute,” said Diggs. “Go in with the right mindset, and make our plays. Everybody needs to do their job. That’s all.”
The Bills know the task at hand, but it’s easier said than done against the Chiefs.
Diggs highlights Devin Singletary’s emergence
Devin Singletary’s role is one of the most significant differences between the Week 5 Buffalo Bills and the version playing in the Divisional Round. The third-year running back saw just six carries in the first meeting against Kansas City. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has since expanded the Florida Atlantic product’s role.
Singletary has become a featured part of the Bills’ offensive game plan down the stretch. He’s seen double-digit rush attempts in seven of Buffalo’s last eight games. The 24-year-old tailback has tallied 536 rushing yards and seven touchdowns during that span.
The Bills also use Singletary frequently in the passing game. His production and versatility have allowed him to overtake Zack Moss as the definitive lead back in the offense.
Stefon Diggs has enjoyed watching his teammate thrive recently.
“We damn sure knew Motor could make guys miss and run guys over, and a lot of it’s deception because he’s small,” Diggs said. “He’s low key a really, really, really, really good running back. With those opportunities given, he’s shown it as of late. I’m just happy he’s getting a slice of the pie to be able to show how good he is now.”
The Bills will need all hands on deck to thwart the Chiefs and earn another crack at an AFC Championship.
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