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The Ringer: How the Bills and Chiefs Found Their Form—and Set Up the Best Divisional-Round Matchup


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Conclusion:

 

"It’s an impossible game to pick, but it’s easy to figure out how it will be won: Whichever quarterback is able to hit on more deep passes will advance to the AFC Championship."


Given the nature of these two teams, I think this is probably true.

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The Bills can point to Bates coming in at guard and finally getting the o line stabilized. The run game got going with both Allen and Singletary.  Opened up the pass game as well now that we can beat you any way we want.

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5 minutes ago, hondo in seattle said:

Conclusion:

 

"It’s an impossible game to pick, but it’s easy to figure out how it will be won: Whichever quarterback is able to hit on more deep passes will advance to the AFC Championship."


Given the nature of these two teams, I think this is probably true.

Bills & Allen complete intermediate deep passes.  50 yard+ doesn't happen, unless YAC.  

 

What Allen is great at is the 20-30 yard passes.  

 

Mahomes if he breaks containment and Tyreek shakes coverage is always a concern.

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1 hour ago, Billsfan1972 said:

Listen to the Bill Simmons podcast too.  Always a good listen.

There's a TON of stuff out there on Youtube right now discussing this matchup.

 

You can spend a few hours immersed in that stuff if you are so inclined.

 

Some of it is very good.

 

 

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22 minutes ago, TPS said:

Buffalo's solution: "Fuhck it, we'll just throw deeper."   Great line!

That's a great line but it's not the whole story.  The biggest change on offense for the Bills has been the O line getting it done and the running game shockingly getting better right after the O line got sorted -- who'd have expected THAT?  Now the play-action plays Josh uses so much are really deadly.  

 

IMO the bigger change of the two offenses has been the Bills getting the O line and running game going.  The Chiefs O line got miraculously turned around this year with good draft picks and Thuney as a FA, but they were already playing well when the teams met in October.  So the only thing new for the Chiefs has been the route trees.  I feel confident Frazier and company are well aware of what the Chiefs are doing, and the Bills have the great overall D and great pass D to make the necessary adjustments.

 

There are changes on D also, but they're about a wash.  The Chiefs now have Ingram rushing the passer and Chris Jones in the interior, where he's better.  The thing is neither of them has been putting up exciting stats.  Right now their D line just looks like a good one, not an outstanding one.  The Bills' D change is they've figured out how to defend against teams that go heavy and try to pound the run game.  However that doesn't seem to be in the cards for this week's game, unless KC is ready to completely revamp their offense.  

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32 minutes ago, Utah John said:

That's a great line but it's not the whole story.  The biggest change on offense for the Bills has been the O line getting it done and the running game shockingly getting better right after the O line got sorted -- who'd have expected THAT?  Now the play-action plays Josh uses so much are really deadly.  

 

IMO the bigger change of the two offenses has been the Bills getting the O line and running game going.  The Chiefs O line got miraculously turned around this year with good draft picks and Thuney as a FA, but they were already playing well when the teams met in October.  So the only thing new for the Chiefs has been the route trees.  I feel confident Frazier and company are well aware of what the Chiefs are doing, and the Bills have the great overall D and great pass D to make the necessary adjustments.

 

There are changes on D also, but they're about a wash.  The Chiefs now have Ingram rushing the passer and Chris Jones in the interior, where he's better.  The thing is neither of them has been putting up exciting stats.  Right now their D line just looks like a good one, not an outstanding one.  The Bills' D change is they've figured out how to defend against teams that go heavy and try to pound the run game.  However that doesn't seem to be in the cards for this week's game, unless KC is ready to completely revamp their offense.  

Yea mentions changes in the run game after wards, but I agree the biggest change was the run game. I actually dont remember too many go-routes.

 

I think getting the O-line sorted and getting them continuity helps a ton. But theyve also brought in an extra blocker along with the blocking prowess of Davis. All of that led to them committing fully to Singletary and also letting Allen run loose more. Its been a big combining of factors wrt the run game, but its no deep balls over the middle winning these games.

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1 hour ago, Billsfan1972 said:

Bills & Allen complete intermediate deep passes.  50 yard+ doesn't happen, unless YAC.  

 

What Allen is great at is the 20-30 yard passes.  

 

Mahomes if he breaks containment and Tyreek shakes coverage is always a concern.

 

Especially with no White and our penchant for taking DPI penalties in those situations

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Just listened to Bill Simmons podcast and predictions.  He said almost everything right and agreed with him.  Unfortunately still went with KC (which is good because he had NE last week).  

 

Said the same about the Bills defense and questions as to who the Bills faced at QB.  

 

Means very little, but a good listen.  First 30 minutes was a Ringer Staffer who's a Bills fan.

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