Here is a preview of the Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship Game scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 24 at 6:40 p.m. ET
When the Buffalo Bills visit the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday for the AFC Championship Game, the elephant in the room is can Patrick Mahomes clear concussion protocol before the game is played? The Buffalo Bills defeated the Baltimore Ravens 17-3, while the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Cleveland Browns 22-17 in the AFC Divisional Round respectfully.
The Bills and Chiefs faced-off back in Week 6 when the Chiefs defeated Buffalo by a score of 26-17. Mahomes threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran all over the Bills’ defense for total of 161 yards.
Why will the Bills win:
If it is Mahomes or Chad Henne under center, the Bills defense will have to keep continuous pressure on the quarterback and force turnovers. If the Bills’ front seven can create a distributive pocket for the quarterback, the Bills back four will be on the lookout for big momentum turnovers. With Tremaine Edmunds and Tre’Davious White leading the Buffalo defense, the Bills will be ready for the challenge ahead of them to clinch Super Bowl berth.
Why will the Chiefs win:
In the Week 6 matchup, the Chiefs offense went for a total of 466 yards, 221 passing and 245 yards rushing. If the Chiefs want to be successful like they were back in that contest, the running game will have to be a major part of the game plan– even with Mahomes’ playing status up in the air. The defense will be focusing on the likes of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce providing running backs the opportunity for one-on-one matchups out of the backfield.
X Factor for the Bills:
Any wide receiver not named Stefon Diggs. Meaning that Cole Beasley, John Brown, Gabriel Davis and the rest of the wide receivers, must take advantage of the opportunity when Josh Allen throws it in their direction. The connection between Allen and Diggs has been stunning with Diggs leading the league in catches (127) and receiving yards (1,535) in his first season with Buffalo.
X Factor for the Chiefs:
With Mahomes dealing with a concussion, the next man up is Chad Henne. The Bills’ defense will be sending countless amounts of blitzes his way all game if he is the starting quarterback. Henne will have to play within the game plan, trying not to do too much where he would put the game in jeopardy. A lot is at stake with the Chiefs trying to make it to back-to-back Super Bowls, and most of that weight will be placed on Henne’s shoulders if he indeed gets the nod.