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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6. Patrick Mahomes needs to be Patrick Mahomes

This last point will be short and sweet. Patrick Mahomes needs to be Playoff Pat in this matchup. If he has a down game, the odds of Kansas City winning worsen dramatically.

People have questioned the Chiefs' ability to win road playoff games, which is absurd considering that the team has won two Super Bowls over the past five years and Mahomes has actually performed better away from Arrowhead throughout his career. They might not beat Buffalo this weekend, but Mahomes being scared of opposing stadiums would be one of the reasons why.

Fortunately, Mahomes takes everything personally and given the amount of disrespect that's been directed towards him and the Chiefs this week, I fully expect him to have one of his better games of the year. Patrick Lavon Mahomes II will not be an issue, but other areas, like run defense and receivers dropping the ball, could very well be.

The opposing quarterback in this game (Josh Allen) is one of two in the NFL who are even in the same zip code as Mahomes (along with Joe Burrow). If Mahomes is the better quarterback in this game, the Chiefs will move onto the AFC Championship. If not, this will game likely get hairy for them.

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