The Buffalo Bills found themselves in a must-win game and for the defense that is not ideal when one of the great quarterbacks is lined up across from them in Patrick Mahomes. This group has been one of the best defenses this season, even with the long-list of injuries they have dealt with, but questions have emerged if they can hold a lead.
They were able to answer that question with a late stand to protect a field goal lead for the 20-17 win over the Chiefs. These are the grades for each position group from Week 14.
Week 14 grades for the Buffalo Bills defense against the Kansas City Chiefs
The Buffalo Bills only came away with one sack, which was a combination of Greg Rousseau and Ed Oliver early in the game. However, when going against a great quarterback like Patrick Mahomes the focus is disruption as they usually have excellent awareness that allows them to get rid of the football before being sacked.
That was the case in this game as the Bills pass rush would disrupt Mahomes enough and the Bills came away with eight QB hits with five coming from defensive ends. This was also probably the best game for Von Miller this season as he would get close to his first sack on the season a few times.
The star of the group though was A.J. Epenesa who would intercept Patrick Mahomes on the opening drive. Unfortunately, Epenesa would not play much past that due to a rib injury but that play was a continuation of a great season.