In one of the bigger road games of the season, the Kansas City Chiefs have to be extra prepared for the Buffalo Bills. Both teams are coming off of bad losses and looking to rebound. Furthermore, one bad game will not deter the Bills from what has gotten them to a 4-1 start. With that, we will get to learn more about them in depth, before Monday’s game. From behind enemy lines, here is our deep dive into the Buffalo Bills.
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The strength of this Buffalo team over the last few years, had been their defense. That has not been the case so far this season. Injuries to dynamic players like Tremaine Edmunds, Matt Milano and Tre’Davious White in certain weeks have resulted in leaky pass coverage.
For example, the Bills relied on Josh Norman last game, while White was out. Ryan Tannehill and AJ Brown were able to continuously beat him on the outside with ease. Whether it was just simply a perfect ball by Tannehill, great route by Brown or weak coverage by Norman, it was a night to forget for Buffalo.
On the other hand, the Buffalo pass rush has been near the bottom of the league all season. The Bills are only generating pressure on 16.2 percent of passing plays. Which according to Pro Football Reference, ranks dead last in the AFC and second to last in the entire NFL. This is mesmerizing, considering that they have dialed up the blitz at the fourth highest percentage in the league (40.6). They have an interesting matchup, given that Patrick Mahomes has been pressured at a high rate. However, Kansas City is looking to bounce back after a loss, and most of the time that does not bode well for the opponent the following week.
Airing It Out With Allen
Despite a tough game last week, the Buffalo Bills have to be ecstatic about the start from quarterback Josh Allen. He looks comfortable in the pocket overall, and has largely made smarter decisions. Not having to force as many throws, the Wyoming product has given the Bills a steady pace offensively. Allen’s numbers are impressive so far, having thrown for 1,326 passing yards with 12 touchdown passes and one interception.
One addition that has done wonders for him, is Stefon Diggs. Coming over in a trade from the Minnesota Vikings, Diggs stellar route running has given defenses fits. Buffalo loves to utilize crossing routes, which comes naturally for Diggs. He and Allen have connected 26 times already for 403 yards and two touchdowns. This puts the receiver well on pace to best last year’s up and down results with Minnesota.
Elsewhere, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has done a good job in helping Allen get every other weapon involved. The Chiefs must respect the craftiness of receivers John Brown, Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis. Running back Devin Singletary can hurt you as a dual threat. And finally, the Buffalo Bills love to mix in the speed of Isaiah McKenzie.
Building A Foundation
The Buffalo Bills are a team that many can appreciate, because of the culture that they have built. Head coach Sean McDermott has seemingly lifted his team to new heights, year in and year out. They understand that it takes all active players doing their job the right way, in order to win. As a result, they are well rounded on both offense and defense. You cannot let them get any momentum early, or they will run away with it. With both teams coming off their first loss of the season, this makes things even more entertaining on Monday. How well both teams come out in a monster game, having just faceplanted last week. That question will be fun to monitor in a highly anticipated matchup between division leaders.
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– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.