NFL · Sun (10/10) @ 8:22pm ET
|Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri|
After struggling in the last two games, Patrick Mahomes and the offense finally looked like Super Bowl contenders. The Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles in week 4 thanks to Mahomes throwing five touchdowns and Tyreek Hill finishing the game with three touchdowns and 186 yards.
But the defense was still terrible, letting the Eagles run down the field and get first down after first down. They finally were able to step it up in the second half and hold the Eagles to just field goals. That still isn’t good enough though because the Chiefs pretty much have to score on every possession to make up for the defense if they want to win.
NFL’s Week 5 Sunday Night Football matchup will be the team’s biggest test as the Chiefs host the Buffalo Bills for an AFC Championship rematch. The Bills lost twice to the Chiefs last year, once in October and again in the AFC Championship.
But the Bills have greatly improved and it is going to take an almost perfect game from both sides of the ball for the Chiefs if they want to stop Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs.
Chiefs Game Preview (2-2)
The Chiefs may have won the game last Sunday, but it wasn’t all pretty. Mahomes did throw an interception, but I will take one if it means he is throwing five touchdowns. The Eagles limited Travis Kelce to 23 yards. But other players were able to get in on the action with Clyde Edwards-Helaire scoring a TD and rushing for 102 years and Darrel Williams rushing for 42 yards and one touchdown. Mahomes will have another weapon this week with the addition of Josh Gordon.
It is not the offense I am worried about. It is the awful defense that still lacks to put any pressure on the other team. The Chiefs did manage to sack quarterback Jalen Hurts three times last week, but they still allowed the Eagles to rack up 461 total yards.
There is plenty of talent on the defensive side of the ball, but they just aren’t connecting. It doesn’t help that Chris Jones and Charvarius Ward are questionable against the Bills. But it looks like Frank Clark will be playing and hopefully Willi Gay Jr since he has been officially activated.
Bills Game Preview (3-1)
The Buffalo Bills are 3-1 after losing in week 1 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. But since then, they have gone on a rampage, defeating the Houston Texans 40-0 last week and also shutting out the Miami Dolphins in week 2 35-0.
The defense hasn’t allowed a team more than 80 rushing yards and a total of 300 yards. However, they have also played against backup quarterbacks against the Texans and Dolphins. Even though the defense is aggressive, the Chiefs’ offense is no ordinary offense.
The game against the Chiefs is going to be a total shootout with the Bills’ offense racking up yards and points. Josh Allen threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns last week. Stefon Digs had 114 receiving yards and Devin Singletary rushed for 79 yards in week 4.
I don’t have much confidence in the Chiefs’ defense stopping the Bills. So, it is going to come down to which team has the least mistakes and which quarterback has a better game. If Mahomes plays like he did last week, the Chiefs have a chance. But the Bills might be too much to handle and the Chiefs might be looking at yet another loss this season.