4.) Win in the trenches
That’s what the game comes down to, right? While it is not the complete deciding factor, it sure does play a major factor in getting momentum going. Mahomes has been sacked 17 times this season, and atleast once in every game since Week 3 (5 games where he was sacked 2+ times).
The offensive line for Kansas City is not one of the worst in the league, but they are certainly more vulnerable than they usually are, especially off the edge. The Bills’ defense comes into this game with 41 sacks (33 sacks from players up on the defensive line).
The Bills’ offensive line has only given up 15 sacks and are similar to the Chiefs’ offensive line in terms of protecting their quarterback. However, this is the best offensive line for Allen since he was drafted by the Bills. In the last month of football, Allen has been sacked just 3 times. The Kansas City defense comes into this game with 39 sacks (26.5 by defensive linemen). The Bills will need to pressure Mahomes and rattle him, while the offense keeps Allen protected and not hitting the ground to get some momentum going.