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Sunday Night Football Week 13 — a night of must-see TV for Buffalo Bills fans

A rematch of Super Bowl I, with far different stakes (and also no Taylor Swift halftime show)

Green Bay Packers v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills are on a much-needed bye this week, resting up before preparations to tackle the Kansas City Chiefs on the tundra of GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium next weekend. Super Bowl 1 tonight’s matchup is not, though it features both teams that played the inaugural game on the NFL’s biggest stage.

Many of the players who featured in the last matchup (NFL 2022 preseason) between the Green Bay Packers and Chiefs have left their Wisconsin homes for the bustle of life in the New York Metropolitan area. Aaron Rodgers is the biggest name no longer in Green Bay, though the last time these two teams played he was sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols.

Tonight is Love’s first home game against Andy Reid’s Chiefs. To my surprise (and that of most outside observers of the Chiefs), Kansas City’s is actually playing a road game. In fact, this will be Patrick Mahomes’ first game at Lambeau Field. Make no mistake, the Chiefs’ defense is built to survive any road matchup, especially one against a team still finding its way in the Packers. Green Bay showed moxie in a highly productive Thanksgiving win against the Detroit Lions, but it’s fair to say the Packers aren’t the same as they were with QB12.

No, winning tonight won’t be easy for Green Bay. Few quarterbacks have the ability to completely take over a game the way Mahomes does with tight end Travis Kelce, and the Packers don’t have Mahomes at quarterback.

NFL Week 13 results

Will all of this afternoon’s games now in the books, let’s revisit Matt Warren’s rooting interests for Week 13 to see if the Bills found the help we hoped for — and listed here in order of importance to Buffalo:

As MRW wrote:

“This won’t really impact the Bills making the playoffs, as the Chiefs are going to win their division again. But I ain’t rooting for the Chiefs, even if it improves Buffalo’s Strength of Schedule (SoS) and hopefully their Strength of Victory (SoV) tiebreaker.”

Twelve games were of importance to the Buffalo Bills’ season in Week 13

  • Five didn’t go Bills’ way (Commanders, Titans, Jets, Patriots, Eagles)
  • Six did go Bills’ way (Rams, Cardinals, Texans, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Packers)
  • One has yet to be decided (Jaguars vs. Bengals)

Despite the fact that tonight’s game won’t change the Bills’ playoff chances, the Chiefs winning would help the Bills SoS and SoV. But no matter — tonight we’re Packers fans, Bills Mafia!

Here’s your open thread for Sunday Night Football!