3 matchups that will decide Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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Buffalo Bills’ secondary vs. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce

In the AFC championship a year ago, the Buffalo Bills were left with more questions than answers about how to stop Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Mahomes completed 29 passes in that game, and 22 went to Hill or Kelce, who combined for 290 yards and two touchdowns.

However, the Bills did a much better job against that tandem in this year’s matchup. Despite Patrick Mahomes attempting 54 passes, Hill and Kelce combined for just 13 catches and 120 yards. The Bills are now without their superstar corner in Tre’Davious White, but this has been the best pass defense in football all year long.

The Bills pass defense surrendered only 4.8 net yards per pass attempt and allowed only 163 passing yards per game throughout the regular season. In addition, they surrendered just 12 passing touchdowns while coming away with 19 interceptions.

The Chiefs offense is perhaps the toughest test in football, but no group is more equipped to handle that matchup than this Bills secondary. Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer were both named to an All-Pro team, and this will be their opportunity to put a stamp on their career years.

This matchup also represents an ample opportunity for Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. He has helped the Bills consistently be one of the best defenses in the NFL the last couple of seasons and has started getting interviewed by teams with head coaching vacancies.

Cooking up a great game plan against Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid could be the final thing Frazier needs to add to his coaching resume before being awarded another chance to be a head coach.