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Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs: First-half open thread

To take a commanding lead in the AFC Playoff chase or fall into a tie with the defending AFC Champs...

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The Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs are set to kick off this evening at 8:20 p.m. EDT. If you’ve been waiting all day for Sunday night, you aren’t alone, as Bills fans all over the globe have passed the time while waiting for kickoff.

For the Bills, some revenge is on the line. Buffalo lost four games last year, and two of them were against the Chiefs. They lost once in the regular season, a Week 5 contest that they dropped 26-17. They also lost in the AFC Championship Game, suffering a 38-24 defeat that ended their season. Josh Allen played poorly in both of those games, but he’ll look to erase the bad memories tonight against the NFL’s 31st-ranked defense through four games in 2021.

For the Chiefs, keeping pace in the eventual AFC Playoff hunt is at stake. A loss would put the Chiefs at 2-3 and the Bills at 4-1. That’s a two-game differential plus a tiebreaker that would go Buffalo’s way, so one could argue that this game is just as important, if not more so, for Kansas City. Patrick Mahomes was able to do whatever he pleased against Buffalo last year, completing 78 percent of his passes for 550 yards and five touchdowns.

The first real “measuring stick” game for Buffalo is tonight, friends, and this is our open thread. Remember to set the comments to “oldest” for that classic game-thread feel. Be good to each other, and most importantly, enjoy the game, wherever it is that you’re watching.

Go Bills!