Sunday Night Football saw a primetime matchup between AFC foes, the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills. Mother nature was also present with VIP seats and handed out a one-hour and fourteen minute rain delay right before the second half began. The main thing here is that there was a clear better team and it was not the Chiefs, unfortunately. Buffalo came into Kansas City and shut down the high-powered offense and exposed the holes in the Chiefs defense. Not much good for KC but plenty of good for Buffalo on Sunday Night Football, let’s check it out.
1.) Injuries Are A Killer
Kansas City was able to get Frank Clark back from injury but was without star defensive lineman Chris Jones. Jones creates a big impact on defense with his constant pressure on any quarterback. KC is also still without cornerback Charvarious Ward. Ward is one of the better coverage players for KC and his absence continues to show.
While the run game was not doing much Sunday night anyway, losing starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire to a knee injury still hurt. Kansas City has plenty of holes to fill on defense considering that’s where the biggest injuries are. In a big game against a solid Bills team, those injuries come back to bite you.
2.) The Chiefs Defense Is Bad
There is no other way around it at this point. The Chiefs defense is one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Far too many big-yardage plays in either half killed the Chiefs. Josh Allen only completed seven passes in the first half but it was for 219 yards and two scores. Buffalo controlled the Chiefs defense the entire game and never allowed them to pressure Allen into mistakes.
Allen has been known to not perform nearly as well when he has defenders in his face but KC did not do that tonight. Kansas City has issues with their coverage on defense and when they don’t pressure a big arm like Allen, he will torch your secondary all night long.
3.) Mahomes And Company Need To Get Back In Sync
On Sunday, it looked like the Chiefs were out of sync and sloppy. Mahomes was throwing the ball short, receivers could not get open, the defense struggled, too many bad things as a group. This Chiefs team is full of talent and needs to find that spark again. I have full confidence that when Mahomes and company are on their game, they can beat anyone. Tonight, Buffalo humbled and doused out the Chief’s flame moving KC back under .500 as they are now 2-3 on the season. Sometimes this stage of a team happens where the big moments of winning/playing for a title and such are gone and reality starts to set back in. KC just needs to find that spark and begin winning as a team again.
4.) Maybe Buffalo Is Just That Good
Sometimes a team can just have a good night and win that way. However, Buffalo entered the game riding a three-game win streak and proved why they’re legit. From their productive offense to their stifling defense, it was an all-around perfect game for Buffalo.
Buffalo forced Mahomes to make mistakes which is uncommon and they capitalized. On offense, Buffalo found the holes in KC’s defense and made them pay for weak coverage. Buffalo had to be carrying some fire from their loss to KC in the AFC title game last year and on Sunday, Buffalo got their revenge. I think Buffalo proved that they are the legit AFC contenders that they have shown pieces of with their win Sunday night.
5.) Huge Penalties Might Have Cost KC
Despite KC struggling for most of the game, one penalty changed the game. Frank Clark was called for a roughing the passer on a play that I think was too close to call. The grounds for the penalty were stated that Clark was driving Allen into the ground when he hit him. On the frame by frame, I did not see how Clark drove Allen into the ground. Nevertheless, the 15-yard penalty boosted Buffalo up near the 25 yard-line versus being pinned near their own endzone. From there, Kansas City lost all momentum after they had scored to make it 31-20 and looked to have Buffalo contained. Without that penalty, I fully believe the Chiefs would have capitalized on the stop and made it a ball game again and maybe even won the game. Close call penalties truly do suck in big-game situations.
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