“Josh Allen and the Bills travel to Arrowhead looking to avenge their playoff loss from a year ago and assert themselves as AFC top dogs.”
Does this one sound familiar?
The only difference between the Bills’ early season visit to Arrowhead in 2022 and the trip last year that saw them blow the Chiefs out to the tune of 38-20 is their schedule leading into the 2022 affair. Last year, the Bills were coming off of a 35-0 beatdown of the Miami Dolphins in week 2, a 43-21 whipping of the then Washington Football Team in week 3, and another 40-0 absolute bashing of the Houston Texans in Week 4.
This year? The Bills have the Rams, Titans, a retooled Dolphins team, Ravens, and Steelers to take care of before they visit Kansas City. The Chiefs’ early season schedule has been well documented thus far in this blog. But before they take on the Bills in week 6, they will travel to Vegas to take on the Raiders in what should be a more competitive game than we’ve seen over the course of the past few seasons between the storied rivals. Or, it could be more of the same, and potentially the shot in the arm the Chiefs need to start their late-season run after a slow start.
Either way, the storylines here are brimming with possibilities. Mahomes vs. Allen V. A fearsome Buffalo front coming in to take on a Chiefs offensive line that’s one of the best in the business. A Chiefs wide receiving corps that can kill you in multiple ways, leaving the Bills’ two-high safety look that stunted the two-trick Chiefs offense so badly in the regular season a year ago.
No matter how you slice it, this is going to be a good old-fashioned heavyweight boxing match. The winner, no matter what their record at the time, should be considered the AFC’s top dog until proven otherwise.