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The Buffalo Bills are back on the right side of .500, improving to 7-6 overall after a road win against the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. As we’ve come to expect, it was anything but easy for the Bills, but new to this marquee rivalry was the afternoon’s lack of a shootout.
Much has been written this season about the Chiefs’ improved defense, and rightly so. Yet, ever since Buffalo lost linebacker defensive tackle Matt Milano, defensive tackle DaQuan Jones, and cornerback Tre’Davious White — well, they just haven’t seen the same accolades. To be fair, that’s expected given their regression to the NFL mean in many categories, and also multiple end-of-game scenarios where the next men up just couldn’t do enough to stop their opponent from getting a leg up.
Those finely tuned in to the Bills have noticed the defensive concerns for weeks now, while still applauding the effort given and performances found amid such adversity in personnel. Most within Bills Mafia have simply called out for “just one more stop, once” from their favorite defense. This past Sunday, it delivered — and in a big way. Head coach Sean McDermott put the defense in perfect position, holding off the Chiefs at the end of the game, denying them 15 measly yards to at least tie the game, or worse.
“With over a minute left in regulation and two timeouts, Kansas City had three plays to gain 15 yards to keep their hopes alive. They had time and opportunity.”
Until they didn’t. In the game’s biggest moment, within the team’s biggest game of the season to that point, Sean McDermott and the much-maligned defense came through huge. Their flowers are deserved for a masterful performance, especially in crunch time, during Week 14. As head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Sean McDermott is now a perfect 7-0 following a bye week.
Most importantly, the team’s Week 14 win renewed the possibility of a run at the postseason, given the results of other games last weekend. Additionally, there’s a chance the Bills could even win the AFC East, if things continue to go well for them on game days. The Miami Dolphins lost one for the record books against the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football this week, and with it some of the sheen on their ascension to the AFC East crown. They remain two games ahead of Buffalo, but must navigate a schedule that includes the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, and Bills. The showdown in Week 18 could be for the division crown, and perhaps even a playoff birth.
While the team’s seventh victory was integral to their season, there’s little time to continue resting on the accomplishment. That’s because a very potent Dallas Cowboys team is heading to Orchard Park, NY on a mission. After embarrassing the Philadelphia Eagles in front of a national Sunday Night Football audience, the Cowboys are now even with the Eagles at 10-3 and looking for more.
Are you confident the Buffalo Bills are headed in the right direction following their win over the Chiefs, while heading into a huge game against the Cowboys?
Do you believe the Bills will win the AFC East?