What the Chiefs must do to beat the Bills in the Divisional Round

What must the Kansas City Chiefs do in order to beat the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round?

Jan 13, 2024; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) reacts
Jan 13, 2024; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) reacts / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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5. Contain Josh Allen as a runner

Josh Allen is known for a lot of things, but his ability as a runner is near the top. Although his overall rushing stats are down from previous years, the threat is still very much real. Just last Monday, he ran for a 52-yard touchdown on third and long that changed the game for Buffalo.

The Bills likely won't utilize Allen's running ability on early downs (other than scrambles), so Steve Spagnuolo needs to be ready for those third-down scrambles that can change the game's course. I fully expect Allen to be spied on critical plays with either Willie Gay or Drue Tranquill.

The Chiefs allowed the Dolphins to convert just four times on 16 third and fourth down opportunities in the Wild Card Round. If Kansas City wants to have similar success this week, they'll need to contain Josh Allen the runner. There's little reason to think that the KC secondary will be a problem, but stopping perhaps the most terrifying scrambler in today's NFL could be.