The Andy Reid-coached Kansas City Chiefs are on track to defend their Super Bowl title after sealing a spot in their 3rd-straight AFC Championship.
Despite the absence of their star QB, Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs made their way to a narrow 22-17 win over the Buffalo Bills last weekend.
They will host an equally strong offensive unit in the form of Sean McDermott’s Buffalo Bills at the Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. Josh Allen and Co. were impressive in both their playoff games this season and will look to pull off a major upset against the Chiefs. But that is something that’s easier said than done.
Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and AFC Championship Game predictions.
Coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs’ faithful will breathe a sigh of relief after Patrick Mahomes confirmed that he passed the 5-step NFL concussion protocol and was eligible to feature on Sunday.
But they will be without LB Willie Gay Jr. and are still sweating on the fitness of RB Le’Veon Bell, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and WR Sammy Watkins.
The latter three will be a game-time decision, and coach Reid will assess all possible options before making a call. But with Mahomes back in the starting line-up, this game is the Chiefs’ to lose.
They have turned the Arrowhead into something of a fortress in recent years. It is not easy for opponents to travel to Missouri and find their way back home with a win on their hands.
But the Chiefs know what they are capable of and will play to their strengths as they attempt to outscore a strong Bills team.
Josh Allen is having the best season of his NFL career at the moment. After a shutout win over the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round, the Bills confirmed their appearance in the AFC Championship game for the first time since 1994.
Coach McDermott did a brilliant job to bring in former Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs in the offseason. Allen has formed a strong bond with Diggs and Cole Beasley, who have been explosive over the course of the last 5 months.
But the Chiefs’ defense is not an easy one to crack, a number of NFL teams can attest to that. It’s going to take a performance of a lifetime from this young Buffalo Bills team to outsmart the defending champions.
LB Willie Gay Jr. – Ankle
WR Sammy Watkins – Calf
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire – Ankle/Hip
CB Rashad Fenton – Foot
CB Bashaud Breeland – Concussion/Shoulder
RB Le’Veon Bell – Knee
DT Vernon Butler – Quad
WR Gabriel Davis – Ankle
This game features two of the most talked-about young quarterbacks in the AFC, along with Lamar Jackson, of course. But we feel the Chiefs have enough attacking options at their disposal as they aim to make it back-to-back appearances at the Super Bowl.
With the potential return of Watkins and Edwards-Helaire, the Bills will need to stay alert all night to stop the free-flowing Kansas City offense led by reigning Super Bowl MVP, Patrick Mahomes.
It’s game time in Missouri, and we couldn’t be more excited.