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The Way I See It... From the Desk of Ed Kilgore

Allen Drives Bills to 24-20 Comeback Win over Chiefs

Coming into this season, most reasonable Bills fans would have happily accepted a 5-1 start, knowing the defending Super Bowl Champs and AFC top seeds were on a schedule that included four road games and just two at home. 

 

Another showdown between Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City didn’t disappoint, unless you’re a Chiefs fan of course.  This time it was Allen leading the fourth quarter comeback in a 24-20 victory that wasn’t always perfect with both teams missing opportunities.  The Bills have a little thing they say on the sidelines that really hit home in this game.  Don’t blink.  That’s it.  Don’t blink.  And they didn’t.

 

Watching other qb’s playing on Sunday made us appreciate just how good both Allen and Mahomes are.  Mahomes has the ring and the MVP, and Allen will never be considered better until he does that too.  But in this game, Allen was better.  He threw for 329 yards and 3 td’s with no interceptions, and made a couple gutsy plays with his legs on the final drive where he hit tight end Dawson Knox from 14 yards out giving the Bills a  24-20 lead with 1:04 left.  Mahomes usually does this blind folded, but not this time as  Taron Johnson picked him and it was over and  Mahomes 338 yards passing and 2 td’s were overshadowed by the two int’s.

 

The Bills have been saying all week this is just another game.  Don’t fall for that one.  The 18 point regular season win at Arrowhead last year didn’t mean much eventually after the 13 second debacle in the playoffs.  Bills gm Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott immediately identified what had to happen moving forward, and landing Von Miller can’t be overstated for both on the field and off the field leadership reasons.

The two time Super Bowl winner barely practiced all week to save his energy, and he was a difference maker the Bills missed a year ago.

 

His two sacks, giving him 6 for the season, stopped Chiefs drives in crunch time.  He also hustled to grab a scrambling Mahomes for a short gain another time, and it was his pressure on Mahomes on KC’s final drive that led directly to cornerback Taron Johnson’s int to end the game effectively.   Johnson is a gem, which is why the Bills signed the former 4th round pick to a 3 year, $24 million contract extension a year ago.  His 101 yard pick six was THE play of the game in a playoff win over the Ravens a couple years ago, and he’s another example of the Bills ability to judge talent.  Along that line, rookie 1st round pick cornerback Kaiir Elam ended the Chiefs opening drive with an interception off Mahomes in the end zone.

 

To be fair, Allen and his super targets Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis took advantage of the fact the Chiefs had to play two rookies at cornerback due to injuries, and twice Allen saw them in single coverage.  His 34 yard strike to Davis came late in the first half and gave the Bills a short-lived 10-7 lead, and later in the 3rd quarter  Allen threw a similar floater timed perfectly for Diggs from 17 yards out to give the Bills a 17-10 lead they couldn’t hold. Diggs had 10 catches for 148 yards and Davis 3 for 74.  Credit also goes to the Bills O-Line for not only giving Allen enough time the majority of the time, but also for opening some creases for Devin Singletary.  Singletary actually had 17 carries for 85 yards with most coming in the first half as OC Ken Dorsey made the Chiefs play the Bills passing game honestly.  The Chiefs blitzed Allen more than most teams do, but it hurt them more than it helped as Allen hit hot reads several times.

 

So, 5-1 at the Bye Week and almost fully healthy again.  Not only that, cornerback Trey White has been practicing and might even be ready for the Bills next game, a Sunday night meeting with the Packers in Orchard Park October 30th.

 

Still plenty of bumps on the road ahead with the surprising Jets 4-2 among them, but winning at Kansas City might have been the biggest bump of all, and the Bills now get to enjoy it for a couple weeks.  Good time to be a Bills fan.

 

EdK

ekilgore120@gmail.com

 

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