The Buffalo Bills suffered a crushing 38-24 defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2020 AFC Championship game. The loss had to leave a sour taste in their mouths but should serve as motivation for their Week 5 rematch on Sunday Night Football. Stefon Diggs and Josh Allen lead the Bills into Arrowhead Stadium.
Even in a hostile environment, Diggs tunes out the noise and uses it as fuel for his game.
Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills are looking to exact revenge on the Chiefs
The Buffalo Bills will travel to Kansas City with a 3-1 record. After dropping their season opener to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo is firing on all cylinders.
Seeing the Steelers’ struggles as of late, their Week 1 win is starting to look more like a fluke. The Bills had a letdown but have made adjustments and look like one of the best teams in the NFL.
The game features a highly anticipated matchup between two of the league’s brightest young signal-callers. Patrick Mahomes, when at his peak, is probably the best quarterback in the NFL.
Josh Allen enjoyed a breakout 2020 campaign and has carried the momentum over to the 2021 season. The Bills will need him to out-duel Mahomes to knock off the Chiefs on the road.
The Bills enter this game with a chip on their shoulders. The Chiefs cut their season short. Buffalo needs to win this game to have the inside track on securing home-field advantage later down the road.
Stefon Diggs loves playing in hostile environments
Stefon Diggs got off to a slow start in the Bills’ AFC Championship loss. He finished with six catches for 77 yards on 11 targets. He’ll need to put together a complete effort to beat the Chiefs this time around.
Diggs, who led the NFL in receptions and receiving yards in 2020, is oozing with confidence heading in the rematch with Kansas City.
Arrowhead Stadium is known as one of the most hostile environments and biggest home-field advantages in the NFL. Diggs isn’t bothered by that. Instead, he’s embracing the challenge.
“I’m all about the hostile environment,” he said in a press conference. “I love not being able to hear. It’s more so reacting and just hooping…It’s something about those moments that you get a little rush. Sometimes it’s so loud, it’s quiet. You don’t got nothing but your thoughts.”
The seventh-year wideout appears locked in. With fans officially back, the stadium is going to be rocking. It will be an electric atmosphere, and the Bills players will need to tune out the noise like their star receiver.
The Bills are in prime position to exploit KC’s weaknesses
In their two losses, the Chiefs’ biggest weaknesses came to light. The Ravens gashed the Kansas City defense for 251 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Justin Herbert and the Chargers torched the Chiefs’ secondary for 281 yards and four touchdowns through the air.
Steve Spagnuolo’s defense is struggling right now. They’ve given up the fourth-most rushing yards this season. The unit has also allowed the seventh-most passing yards.
On the other side of the field will be the Buffalo Bills’ third-ranked offense. Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs combine to form one of the league’s most potent quarterback-wide receiver tandems. Buffalo also boasts a top-five rushing attack. The Bills and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll have the tools to make this banged-up Chiefs defense pay.
When the Chiefs have the ball, Buffalo’s defense will have their hands full. KC’s offense is explosive and predicated on big plays, but the Bills have played lights out. They head into the matchup with the NFL’s top-ranked defense. The Bills have limited opposing teams’ splash plays and will look to continue that on Sunday Night Football.
This is a statement game for the Buffalo Bills. They don’t need any more motivation. They just need to get the job done.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference