Early in the week, we did not know the official status of Patrick Mahomes and whether or not we would see him take the field against Buffalo. As of Friday, Mahomes was cleared from the concussion protocol, and will likely start.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire is expecting to return from injury, which is a massive plus for the Chiefs. The Bills defense held the Ravens to 150 yards on the ground, so his return could have a huge impact for Kansas City. Going into the matchup, the Ravens were averaging a league-best 191.9 rushing yards.
Darrell Williams filled in as the lead back and shined. Williams led the team with 13-carries on a team-high 78 yards. Mahomes was able to get him involved in the passing game, and Williams capitalized on his opportunity picking up a few chunk yardage plays as well as a couple clutch third down conversions.
Chiefs Matchup History, What to Look For
The Buffalo Bills have met the Kansas City Chiefs three times in the playoffs and twice in the AFC Championship. The Bills hold the advantage as far as a record at 2-1 all-time playoff matchups, but let’s keep in mind all three of those games were played in Buffalo.
Sunday’s matchup could boil down to whether or not both of these teams stay hot and keep playing with fire. Buffalo now has eight-straight wins so it is apparent they are playing high caliber football.
If the Chiefs show up and are, for the most part, healthy, they will go to the Super Bowl. There are too many guys on this team who can step up and make big-time plays. However, Buffalo does have some explosiveness to their offense as well as a defense playing at a high caliber level.
Chris Jones, Frank Clark, and the defensive front must give Josh Allen problems. If they can apply early pressure on Allen he tends to force throws or try make something out of nothing, leading to turnovers.
If the Chiefs can win the turnover margin against Buffalo, they are very capable of winning this matchup. With Mahomes back, Kelce remaining unstoppable, the Chiefs will have a potential ticket to Tampa.
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