The calendar has flipped to Week 6 which means the Bills are onto the Kansas City Chiefs. This highly-awaited AFC matchup will feature elite players on both sidelines, all who look to lead their respective team to a 5-1 record following Sunday's showdown at Arrowhead Stadium.
Even though these two teams have a lot of history, especially from their most recent meeting in the 2021 AFC Divisional playoff game, it's a new season with new faces on both teams. The Bills locker room heads into each game with that mindset while preaching that nothing from last year carries over to this year.
"We've just got to go out there into a hostile environment, we know how their crowd is," QB Josh Allen said. "It's fantastic to play in. It's one of the special places you can play in the league, for sure. So, looking forward to the challenge. It's a really good team we're about to go play."
Von Miller ready for a balanced Chiefs offense
Outside linebacker Von Miller is quite familiar with the Kansas City Chiefs after facing them 18 times during his NFL career. Now heading into Sunday, Miller is itching for his first win against Kansas City since 2015. While it doesn't look like the Chiefs team that he played when he was a Denver Bronco, the team is filled with the same style.
"It's just an honor and a privilege to be a part of it on the Bills side this time, and I'm going to put my best my best foot forward," Miller said.
Miller has had personal success against the Chiefs with a single-game high (10) in total tackles against in 2016, as well as 13.0 combined sacks against KC which is the most the linebacker has against any opponent. And the 12-year veteran is looking for more success against that high-scoring offense this Sunday.
"We just got to figure a way to make one more play and I know in the past, that's what it's been about, just being able to make one more play," Miller said. "We just want to grind and play our brand of football and just make one more play at the end of the game to seal it up for the Buffalo Bills."
Even though that offense is without impact player WR Tyreek Hill, head Sean McDermott said Chiefs head coach Andy Reed will never be without weapons. And with the players that they added in the offseason, McDermott knows the challenge this Chiefs team is going to present to the Bills on Sunday.
"A lot of speed out there, a lot of matchup problems, concerns, challenges, however you want to say it," McDermott said. "Then they've got the quarterback in Patrick that can extend plays with his feet and throw the ball very accurately down the field."
One of those offensive weapons being TE Travis Kelce, who the Bills expect Mahomes to target quite often throughout Sunday's game. McDermott described Kelce as an elite player who's hard to stop, especially after his Monday night football performance with four touchdowns.
"Travis Kelce, over the years, had battles with all of those guys, and I wouldn't even call them battles like these last couple of years in Denver because they just win them all," Miller added. "But whenever you go against great players time after time after time, you just build this respect for players."
With all the high-level players taking the field on Sunday, scoring should be no problem for either team — and the stats are there to further prove that. The Chiefs lead the NFL with 13 receiving touchdowns by running backs and tight ends this season, while the Bills lead the NFL with 12 receiving touchdowns by wide receivers.
While Miller's main job is getting after Mahomes this weekend and making other impact defensive plays, he's also focused on making sure his teammates have the right mindset heading into this highly anticipated matchup.
"Own into big games that that can really be franchise and career-defining games, and season-defining games," Miller said. "At the same time, you don't want to put too much emphasis on it. You don't want to make it smaller than what it is either though. You just want to go into it, take advantage of each and every play, and then of course don't blink."
"It's a game that we're excited about, it's a game that I'm excited about," Miller added. "Arrowhead Stadium has always been a special place for me, and they've got a tough team like they usually do."
Elite QB Matchup
It's nearly impossible to talk about a team's successful offense without bringing the quarterback into conversation. And the quarterback matchup this week features two signal callers who can find themselves highly ranked in a lot of categories just five weeks into the 2022 NFL season.
Since 2020, QB Josh Allen (87 TD, 10,603 yards) and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (90 TD, 10,977) both rank in the top 4 of the NFL in passing touchdowns and passing yards. Looking at just this season, Mahomes leads the NFL in pass touchdowns with 15 and Allen leads in total offensive touchdowns with 16 (14 passing, 2 rushing).
Even though they're rivals on the field, both Allen and Mahomes have a lot of respect for each other as a player and as an individual. And while the focus is on executing their respective game plans on Sunday, Allen said he loves watching Mahomes play.
"He can do everything you want, Allen said. "His teammates love him, and I know he's got a good grasp in the locker room over there and how he carries himself, the things that he does off the field for his charity. He's a special football player and a special guy. Anytime he's playing, I think people are watching."
The two have gotten to know each other between facing each other on the field four times in their careers and off the field when golfing together in The Match against Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.
"Josh is a great guy, he's a great quarterback, physically talented, can throw, can run, can really do it all," Mahomes said to the Kansas City media this week. "He's a great dude, too. Obviously when we're on the football field, we're competing against each other, and we want to beat each other's teams."
The Bills held their first practice of Week 6 in Orchard Park as the team prepares for a showdown against the 4-1 Kansas City Chiefs. This gallery is presented by Gabe's Collision.