The Kansas City Chiefs entered the 2021 season with the first five games on the schedule highlighted as the gauntlet through which they knew they must pass. Somehow the very beginning of the Chiefs calendar looked loaded with one contending team after another, and while there are other tough opponents sprinkled throughout the rest of the games, it was this first third that looked the most daunting.
However, of all those games, the team’s upcoming contest against the Buffalo Bills in Week 5 was the most anticipated of all.
Last year, the Bills took “the leap” that everyone had wondered if they could make. Head coach Sean McDermott had proven his ability to make his team competitive, and the team’s front office had done a solid job of building depth throughout the entire roster. However, what still had yet to happen, before 2020 was finished, was for quarterback Josh Allen to show he can be the guy and win the big game.
While the Bills didn’t make it to the Super Bowl last year, they did put up a franchise record 501 points and won their first playoff game since Y2K was a thing. The Bills also reached the AFC Championship where the Chiefs put them away, but given their trajectory, many NFL experts believe the Bills are now ready for that next phase of their progression as a team.
The Chiefs are 2-2 with a defense that is looking miserable. The Bills are 3-1 and have shut out two of their first four opponents. Still for those going with the Bills because of their first few weeks, let’s not forget that the Chiefs beat the Bills twice last year by a combined 23 points. Neither game was particularly close, and the Bills can only go so far until they solve the Andy Reid puzzle in front of them.
Chiefs vs Bills Odds Week 5
The Week 5 betting odds on WynnBET have the Chiefs as 3-point favorites at home against the Bills. They have -155 moneyline odds, while the Bills are the underdog at +135. The total for the game is set at an over/under of 57 points.
Chiefs vs Bills Prediction Week 5
The Buffalo Bills have definitely looked like a contender in 2021, but they’ve also played some questionable opponents in that time who will likely look even worse as the season goes on. Let’s not forget that for all the Chiefs issues, Andy Reid has wiped the floor with the Bills in recent seasons, including twice last year.
From that perspective, it just seems silly to take away credit from the Chiefs because of four weeks in ’21 and to give too much credit to the Bills in that same span. Until Buffalo proves themselves able to topple the kings of the AFC, it’s hard to pick them.
Prediction: Chiefs 38, Bills 31