The Buffalo Bills went into Kansas City and dominated the Chiefs on Sunday night, improving to 4-1 with a big 38-20 victory.
After Kansas City got on the board first, Josh Allen took over fast. On the first drive, he gashed the KC defense for 42 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown to give Buffalo an early 7-3 lead.
KC regained the lead a few drives later, and that is when the Bills kicked it into gear. They scored on each of their next three possessions, including two long touchdown passes to Emmanuel Sanders and Dawson Knox.
After a lengthy lightning delay, the Bills continued to pull away in the second half. A tipped ball fell into the hands of Micah Hyde. He returned it for six to make it a 31-13 game. Each team tacked on another seven by the end of the game, and it was never close.
Mahomes and the offense struggled, turning the ball over three times and being off all night. They just couldn’t get going the way they are used to. There was uncharacteristic penalties, drops, and miscommunications.
The Chiefs remain in last place in the AFC West at 2-3 and are now facing serious doubts as to whether they can make a run. We all know what they are capable of, but the unusual offensive struggles and the defensive inability to do anything well in a glaring red flag.
Right now, Kansas City does not even look like a playoff team. There is, of course, time for that to change, but something has to start now, because they may be digging a hole too big to climb out of early in this season.
As for Buffalo, they are the new class of the conference and are favorites to represent the AFC in February. It was a masterclass of a performance against a team that beat them handily twice last season.
Sean McDermott has done wonders in turning the franchise around, and they now appear to be gearing up for a championship run.
Up next for the Chiefs, they’ll travel to Washington and Tennessee and then host the Giants. Usually, these are winnable games for Kansas City. This season, I’m not quite so sure.
For Buffalo, at 4-1, each of their next four is winnable. They travel to Tennessee, host Miami, go to Jacksonville, and then New York to face the Jets. This team should only continue to improve, and barring any upsets will be 8-1 at the midseason mark.