The image of wide receiver Stefon Diggs standing on the field at Arrowhead Stadium following the Buffalo Bills’ 38-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last January in the AFC Championship game left a lasting impression on the Bills and their fans of how close the team got to their first Super Bowl appearance since the 1993 season.
But it also was a reminder of how much work needed to be done to close the gap between themselves and the Chiefs.
All-Pro quarterback Josh Allen struggled on the national stage, never finding the rhythm that led to a record-setting regular season for the Bills’ offense.
Buffalo didn’t get much pressure on Patrick Mahomes in the AFC title game, and Buffalo’s defense was tormented by Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Kansas City’s quick-strike offense. So the Bills went out and drafted edge rushers Greg Rousseau and Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr. to bolster the pass rush, and they also retained valuable linebacker Matt Milano.
The Bills also inked veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to team with Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, and Gabriel Davis, and brought back their entire starting offensive line while drafting behemoth offensive tackle Spencer Brown.
General manager Brandon Beane, head coach Sean McDermott, Allen and the rest of the Bills will get their first chance to see just how much they’ve narrowed the gap with Kansas City on Sunday night, when the Bills (3-1) travel to Arrowhead Stadium for a Sunday Night Football showdown with the Chiefs (2-2).
The Bills are riding a three-game winning streak, as Buffalo has outscored its foes by a margin of 118-21 while battering a trio of backup quarterbacks in Jacoby Brissett (Miami Dolphins), Taylor Heinicke (Washington Football Team), and Davis Mills (Houston Texans).
The degree of difficulty increases considerably against the Chiefs, who are averaging 33.5 points per game on offense while surrendering 31.25 points per game on defense.
Buffalo’s defense posted its second shutout in three weeks in Week 4, blanking the Texans 40-0 while picking off Mills four times and holding Houston to 109 yards of total offense.
Kansas City handled the Philadelphia Eagles, 42-30, behind five passing touchdowns from Mahomes and 11 receptions for 186 yards and three touchdowns from Hill.
Sunday’s game is the 51st meeting all-time between the Bills and Chiefs. The Bills lead the series 26-23-1.
Kansas City is listed as a 2.5-point favorite. The Bills will be wearing their white jerseys with white pants and white helmet. Here are all the ways to catch Sunday’s game from home:
Date: Sunday, October 10, 2021
Time: 8:20 p.m. EDT
Channel: The game will be carried nationally on NBC.
Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter).
Streaming: FuboTV and the Buffalo Bills app (especially helpful for those with Directv)
Location: Arrowhead Stadium | Kansas City, MO.
Radio: WGR 550 AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WKRL 100.9 FM and 106.5 FM (Syracuse), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.
Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Eric Wood with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
Twitter: Follow @BuffRumblings for complete Bills coverage on Twitter before, during, and after every game.
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Friday Injury Report
Buffalo Bills (Thursday)
- Full participant: OT Spencer Brown (knee), G Jon Feliciano (concussion), CB Dane Jackson (knee), CB Taron Johnson (groin), DE Efe Obada (ankle), DE Greg Rousseau (toe).
- Limited participant: DE A.J. Epenesa (foot), S Jordan Poyer (ankle), CB Tre’Davious White (shoulder).
- Did not practice: RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), LB Matt Milano (hamstring).
Kansas City Chiefs (Thursday)
- Full participant: CB Deandre Baker (quad), LT Orlando Brown (groin), DE Frank Clark (hamstring), CB Rashad Fenton (concussion), WR Tyreek Hill (ribs), CB Charvarius Ward (quad), CB Armani Watts (illness).
- Did not practice: DE Chris Jones (wrist).