Plus, why the Bills knew a rematch with Kansas City was inevitable in the playoffs
But a lot has changed since that game, and both teams have made significant improvements since that early season clash, a signature win for the Bills. The Chiefs, led by Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce, have always had a high-octane offense. But today’s edition of the Bills daily links leads off by examining how Kansas City’s defense has gotten better since that Week 5 showdown, and why Sunday’s AFC Divisional Round game is shaping up to be the marquee matchup of the weekend.
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Chiefs D has improved since first showdown
Back in Week 5, the Bills earned themselves an early season signature win, traveling to Arrowhead Stadium and emerging with a 38-20 win over the Chiefs in primetime. Since then, both teams have gotten significantly better, particularly along the defensive line. We examine the improvements Kansas City has made on defense, which was playing at a historically poor level back in Week 5.
We also hear from the Bills on why they expected a rematch with the Chiefs in the postseason, dissect the key matchups to watch in this AFC Divisional game, learn how Buffalo joined a rare club (and why that could be a good omen for the Bills’ Super Bowl chances), find out what advice Emmanuel Sanders has for his teammates about preparing to play in a hostile environment, and more!
- Chiefs defense has gotten better since first meeting with Bills | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
- Bills notebook: It’s no surprise road to a potential Super Bowl goes through Kansas City | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
- Top 6 storylines to follow for Bills at Chiefs | Divisional Round – BuffaloBills.com
- What To Watch For In The NFL’s Divisional Round | FiveThirtyEight
- Allen: Chiefs are team ‘everyone aspires to be’ – WGR 550
- Bills prepare for a familiar opponent with increased stakes in AFC divisional playoff round – BuffaloBills.com
- 7 teams in NFL history that have done what Bills did in 2021 won Super Bowl – newyorkupstate.com
- Bills vs. Chiefs: Mario Addison only player on Wednesday’s injury report – Democrat & Chronicle
- Emmanuel Sanders gives Bills teammates marching orders for entering ‘hostile’ Arrowhead – newyorkupstate.com
- Is Bills’ uniform choice a sign of leaps to come for Josh Allen? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Final thoughts on demolition of Patriots
We go to the All-22 film review to see exactly how safety Micah Hyde came away with that acrobatic interception on New England’s first drive. Plus, heaping praise on starting right tackle Spencer Brown and running back Devin Singletary, and explore how rookie offensive tackle Tommy Doyle parlayed his hard work into an unexpected touchdown catch.
- How Micah Hyde made that improbable pick and why Devin Singletary stays on the field: Bills All-22 film review – The Athletic (subscription required)
- Stefon Diggs on Bills’ mentality, Devin Singletary’s piece of pie: ‘Nobody here getting fat and satisfied’ – newyorkupstate.com
- Bills rookie tackle Tommy Doyle’s big-man touchdown a byproduct of big win, hard work | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Harrison Phillips third in Walter Payton Man of the Year “Charity Challenge”
Defensive tackle Harrison Phillips has been turning heads with his play on the field, but off the field, Phillips is also making a difference by giving back to Western New York Charities. On Wednesday, Phillips won $5,000 as part of the Walter Payton Man of the Year “Charity Challenge” after he finished third in online fan voting.
- Bills’ Harrison Phillips wins $5,000 in Walter Payton Man of the Year Charity Challenge | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
- Bills fans help Harrison Phillips earn $5K for his Playmakers Foundation – BuffaloBills.com
Odds and ends
We take a look at the complex handshakes Josh Allen has created for his teammates, and why they’re about more than just having a good time with his teammates. We also discuss the possibility of Buffalo losing assistant general manager Joe Schoen to the New York Giants, see where Allen ranks among the remaining quarterbacks in the playoffs, take a look at the Bills’ chances of winning the Super Bowl, find out which position Mel Kiper Jr. thinks the Bills will address in the NFL Draft, and more!
- Josh Allen’s elaborate handshakes with Buffalo Bills teammates about more than just having fun – Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
- Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen has second interview for Giants’ GM job | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
- Audacy Rankings: Eight remaining quarterbacks in playoffs – WGR 550
- 2022 NFL playoff odds: Breaking down why each remaining team will or won’t win the Super Bowl – The Athletic (subscription required).
- NFL Draft 2022: ESPN’s Mel Kiper’s 1st-round mock projects Bills getting help in secondary – newyorkupstate.com
- Erik Brady: ‘Net Boy’ makes his return and wouldn’t miss a demolition of the Patriots | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com