Editor’s note: As we head into the week 5 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills, we welcome Corey Giacovelli of Buffalo Rumblings — our sister SBNation site covering the Buffalo Bills — for Five Questions with the Enemy.
1) Some people are saying Josh Allen has regressed. Are you seeing the same?
I do not think he has. I heard an interesting quote that described the way Josh Allen was playing early in the season. “It seemed like he was trying to be the MVP. It appeared that Allen was trying too much to make good plays and guiding his throws which caused his accuracy to be off. Now, Allen is just playing football the way he knows how and the results have shown for it. It also took a couple of works for the offense to get into rhythm after barely playing any snaps together during the pre-season. We are starting to see the connection with Emmanual Sanders really come alive which could mean big things for the offense going forward.”
2) Statistically, the Bills are on pace to better the 2000 Ravens defense. Have they been that good or is it a result of playing some bad quarterbacks?
I think it is a combination of both. Against the Dolphins, obviously the team did not come in expecting their starting quarterback to be out and having to go to the backup — but against Taylor Heinicke and Washington, the defense did an excellent job. We saw what Heinicke can do on the football field this past week, torching the Falcons defense for over 300 yards passing. Against David Mills and the Texans? Well, that was just hard to watch; it was a bad offense taking on a great defense. This is a unit that has been together for a couple of years now and are getting better and better with each passing game. Now we can not say for certain how dominant this weekend will be. however, until after the final score on Sunday. This will be the team’s first test against a high-powered offense, after all.
3) Do you think the Bills will be able to handle the pressure of the game better than they did in the AFC Championship Game?
God I hope so — but it will be up to Josh Allen to control his emotions. Bills fans are well aware of the nerves that Allen tends to experience in big-time games, which cause his accuracy early to be off. By the time his nerves do calm down, it tends to be too late in the game to do anything. The matchup to watch will be the Bills linebackers and safeties against Travis Kelce. He destroyed them in the two meetings last season — and if the defense wants to compete this time around, they will need to make sure that Kelce has a minimal impact.
4) How should Sean McDermott attack this game?
I am not sure there is a right and wrong answer to this question; I see two scenarios that could both work out. The first is to ground and pound the ball and control time of possession. The Chiefs are allowing the second-worst rushing yards per game in the NFL, so the possibility is there for Devin Singletary and Zach Moss to make an impact. However, using the clock means you have to end drives with touchdowns instead of field goals, because there will only be so many chances. The other option is to just air it out and be prepared to see a final score similar to that epic Chiefs-Rams game on Monday Night Football.
5) How does this one play out?
My heart is telling me to pick Buffalo; the defense is going to show that Patrick Mahomes is human. Then again, my head is telling me that nothing seems to be different from the two games last year between these two squads. I just feel that Buffalo’s offense will take too long to get going and will find themselves too far behind to make a comeback. Chiefs 31, Buffalo 21.
Be sure to check out the answers I gave to their questions by clicking here.