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    Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen celebrates after scoring against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)ASSOCIATED PRESS

    MILLER’S SITUATION

    Bills pass rusher Von Miller is expected to play Sunday despite allegations of domestic violence made against him during their week off.

    Miller turned himself in to police in a Dallas suburb after being charged in a warrant with domestic violence against the mother of his children, who is pregnant. He faces a charge of third-degree felony assault of a pregnant woman.

    “No one wants their name associated with any accusation like that,” Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane said. “But things happen sometimes, and again, we have to remember people, we have to give them their fair due process.”


    Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023 in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)ASSOCIATED PRESS

    INJURY ITEMS

    The Chiefs are unlikely to have linebacker Drue Tranquill (concussion), left tackle Donovan Smith (neck) and safety Bryan Cook (ankle), while running back Isiah Pacheco is nursing a bruised shoulder. But they are hopeful that linebacker Nick Bolton will be back soon from injured reserve, where he landed after wrist surgery, providing a big boost to a banged-up defense.

    INJURY ITEMS, PART 2

    The Bills aren't going to give the Chiefs any sympathy when it comes to injuries. Tight end Dalton Knox has missed five games after his own wrist surgery and cornerback Kaiir Elam four to an ankle injury, but both resumed practicing this week, raising hopes they will soon come off IR. Meanwhile, cornerback Dane Jackson cleared the concussion protocol and safety Taylor Rapp was back at practice after missing a game with a neck injury.


    Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid watches against the Green Bay Packers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023 in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)ASSOCIATED PRESS

    QUARTERBACK CONCERNS

    Allen and Mahomes have been so good for so long that it becomes a big storyline whenever things go awry. In both of their cases, turnovers have been a problem this season.

    Allen has committed at least one in eight straight games — nine interceptions, two lost fumbles — while Mahomes has thrown 10 picks and is on pace to set a career high.

    COACHING CONCERNS

    The Bills have scored 66 points in their two games since offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey was fired and quarterbacks coach Joe Brady took over; they had scored 123 in Dorsey's final six games total. But that doesn't mean the Chiefs are writing off everything that Buffalo did over its first 10 games this season.

    “There's some differences,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, "but there’s also some of the same things. They didn’t completely can the offense there. I think we’ll have a good feel for what they do.”
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    5 things to watch as the Chiefs play the Bills in pivotal AFC game
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    Both teams are looking to bounce back from losses, with the AFC playoff picture in mind.

    By Ron Kopp | @Ron_Kopp | Dec 9, 2023, 1:00pm CST


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    For the fourth-consecutive regular season, the (8-4) Kansas City Chiefs and the (6-6) Buffalo Bills will face off. Just like the last three, the game will be played at Arrowhead Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:25 PM Arrowhead time on Sunday, one of the premier NFL matchups in Week 14.

    The Chiefs stand as one-point favorites heading into the weekend, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. That line has come down since it was first revealed, leaning towards a Bills team that is as desperate as a contender can be. Any further losses could be the nail in the coffin of Buffalo's postseason hopes.

    Fresh off a bye week, too, the Bills are ripe to come into Kansas City and pull off the upset, one that would push the Chiefs further out from the one-seed race. I have five things to watch in a pivotal AFC battle:

    1. Patrick Mahomes carrying the offense


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    The Chiefs' offense will take the field against Buffalo without starting running back Isiah Pacheco for the first time this season. In fact, it will be the first game he has missed in his career, and it's coming at a bad time.

    As quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the pass game have struggled to find rhythm in recent games, the Chiefs have leaned on Pacheco. The starting running back touched the ball at least 20 times in each of the last four games, including the 123 yards he totaled against the Green Bay Packers on 21 combined carries and receptions.

    The Chiefs will have to rely on Mahomes to drop back and throw constantly. He will have to maneuver around pressure: Buffalo has the fifth-highest pressure rate as a team this season and is tied for the NFL lead in sack rate (9.5%). Rookie left tackle Wanya Morris has his work cut out for him in his first career start.

    Regardless of pass protection, this phase of the game will come down to whether or not the Chiefs' wide receivers step up to connect with Mahomes consistently.

    2. Containing Josh Allen


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    The Bills' 6-6 record distracts from Buffalo's offense being one of the league's best this year. The Bills rank second in total yards per offensive play, second in red-zone conversion rate, and lead the NFL in third-down conversion rate (49.7%).

    It starts with quarterback Josh Allen, who has the fourth-most dropbacks in the NFL this year. He is completing 68% of his passes and ranks second in touchdown passes (24), but the Chiefs know Allen's running ability is a crucial component of this matchup.

    Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo acknowledged the challenge on Thursday.

    "He's hard to bring down, he's such a big dude," Spagnuolo described for reporters. "I can't find too many clips on there where he slides. He turns into a fullback really. I think he's an elite competitor."

    This season, Allen ranks third among quarterbacks in rushing yards on scrambles — but balances that with throwing on the run.

    "He's always looking downfield," Spags continued. "I know I put a PowerPoint up yesterday: scrambling then throwing it, how many passing yards... it was like 483 or something. I think it's the best in the league... and he can tuck and run it too."

    The Bills have limited Allen's usage as a designed runner so far this year, but it will assuredly be a part of the game plan this weekend in Kansas City.

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    3. A short-handed running back room


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    The absence of Pacheco is a blow, considering Buffalo allows 4.7 yards per rush this season — the fourth-highest rate in the NFL. The Chiefs' offense will still want to establish a presence on the ground.

    Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be the primary ball carrier; he hasn't seen more than three carries in a game since Week 3. I believe the team will opt to elevate rookie Deneric Prince from the practice squad again and mix him in too.

    Veteran Jerick McKinnon should be reserved for pass downs; he has not looked as explosive on run plays as he has in past years.

    Watch for wide receiver Kadarius Toney to be used from the backfield, getting handoffs from shotgun like he did against the Philadelphia Eagles.

    4. Matching up with Bills' pass catchers


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    Wide receiver Stefon Diggs is the alpha male in the Buffalo receiving corps. He will draw the attention of cornerback L'Jarius Sneed, but there are other intriguing matchups to consider.

    Typically aligned on the outside, wide receiver Gabe Davis is a big-bodied, downfield threat (as Chiefs fans remember). The defense will want to match him up with either cornerback Jaylen Watson or Joshua Williams, avoiding the size mismatch between Davis and Trent McDuffie.

    McDuffie will have a challenge of his own in the slot: Khalil Shakir, a second-year wideout who can make big plays after the catch.

    After starting the year with more two-tight end sets, Buffalo has shifted to 11 personnel with Dawson Knox hurt. Rookie Dalton Kincaid has caught at least five passes in each of the last six games. Safety Justin Reid will be tested at all levels of the field, covering Kincaid's athleticism.

    5. The return of Nick Bolton


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    With running back Jerick McKinnon designated as questionable for the game, starting running back Isiah Pacheco is trending for more and more touches. It’s deserving — and many times, it’s what the offense has needed to get going.

    There is, however, a lot of season left for a position group that seems as thin as it ever has during the last few years. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been running hard — but not effectively enough to spell Pacheco. That’s why I believe running back La’Mical Perine needs more snaps — sooner rather than later.

    That could happen against the Packers, who have faced the third-most rushing attempts per game — and have allowed the eighth-highest yards per rush (4.4).
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    I wouldn't say this is a "Must win" game, but it's at least a "really would be a big help if we win" game.

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    Roy did I discussed this in detail in another article here

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    Lets do this
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chiefs4life24 View Post
    Roy did I discussed this in detail in another article here
    Yeah, I saw it. Just haven't had a chance to reply, yet. Will do so later tonight.
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    Getting Toney going early
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    It was going so well too

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