Week 6 Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs Buffalo Bills

In a rematch of last year's unforgettable Divisional Round shootout, the 4-1 Buffalo Bills visit the 4-1 Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. The Bills and Chiefs battled to a stalemate through four quarters last January before the Chiefs took the opening possession 75 yards for a touchdown to secure the 42-36 win. The Bills are 2.5-point favorites to go on the road and take their revenge. The Bills offense has gotten off to a fabulous start through five weeks thanks in large part to the freakish two-way play of quarterback Josh Allen. The fifth-year passer has done it all for his team,  throwing for a league-leading 1620 net passing yards while also leading the Bills with his 225 rushing yards and 6.4 yards per rushing attempt. As a result, the Bills rank first in the league in yards gained and second in scoring. Coming off 466 total yards, Allen is poised for another huge game in Week 6. A win could position him as the MVP favorite through six weeks.

The Bills defense appears poised to provide Allen a major assist in his quest for league supremacy. They've allowed the fewest points in the league and rank second in yards allowed. They've dominated in all phases, forcing a league-leading 11 takeaways while holding teams to 5.0 net yards per passing attempt and 3.5 rushing yards per carry. Even in the Bills' only loss of the season, the defense was stellar, holding the Miami Dolphins to a minuscule 212 yards and 15 first downs. Still, a great defense didn't help the Bills against the Chiefs last year. After finishing the 2021 season ranked first in points allowed and yards allowed, the Bills defense allowed 42 points and a colossal 552 yards in that fateful Divisional Round loss.
If anyone stands in the way of the Bills and AFC supremacy, it's the Chiefs. The team ranks first in points scored this regular season, and quarterback Patrick Mahomes has continued his streak of indomitability, leading the league with 15 touchdown passes. He hasn't missed a beat since the departure of Pro Bowl Wide Receiver Tyreek Hill, instead doubling down on All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce to the tune of 347 yards and a league-leading 7 touchdown receptions. If the Chiefs were to ever miss Hill though, it'd be against the Bills: the wide receiver led the Chiefs in the Divisional Round last year with 150 yards on 13 targets.

As for the defense, the Chiefs don't quite have the balance the Bills do. They've been strong against the run, allowing the third-fewest rushing yards in the league and 4.1 yards per attempt, and their pass defense has been effective on a per-play basis, allowing a mere 5.9 net yards per passing attempt, good for eighth-best in the league. Unfortunately, a lack of turnovers and big plays have allowed opponents to make the most of their opportunities: the Chiefs rank 23rd in points allowed and are allowing the sixth-most points per drive. With stops likely in short supply, the Chiefs offense might have to score in bunches if they want to keep up with the Bills.

The Kansas City Chiefs host the Buffalo Bills in Week 6.
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