Bills at Kansas City Chiefs: 3 keys to a Buffalo win

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We’re now only hours away from the Buffalo Bills facing the Kansas City Chiefs in their Week 5 showdown.

Now that we’ve gone through all the practices, breakdowns and analyzing this week, let’s get down to the basics.

Here are three keys to the game for the Bills (3-1) against the Chiefs (2-2) to ensure Buffalo wins:

Limit Mahomes

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes is going to put points up. It’s nearly impossible to stop him completely, but the Bills have to do the best to limit points and big plays.

Doing so really means two things. In addition to shutting down Mahomes, the Bills defense must also shutdown his playmakers, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Additionally, Buffalo has to simply shake off big plays as well.

Don’t let them stack. If one happens, don’t let it happen again that drive.

Protect Josh

Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills . (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)

Bills quarterback Josh Allen needs time to make plays. Buffalo’s offensive line must give him that. The right side has recently been re-tooled to have Daryl Williams and Spencer Brown at guard and tackle, respectively. That area should be watched.

Regardless, just keep Allen upright, at all costs. If Chiefs’ pass rusher Chris Jones can’t go, that’s a big boost for the Bills’ offensive line.

Scheme up the red zone

Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce, left, celebrates his touchdown as Buffalo Bills’ Tre’Davious White,. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

The red zone is an area that’s going to be supremely important this week.

Defensively, the Bills have allowed a touchdown in the red zone 33.33 percent of the time this season. That’s tied for the best rate in the NFL, keep that pace up.

The Chiefs are the fourth-worst defense in the red zone (79% touchdown rate). But last week, they did force three field goals there, so they got a boost of confidence.

On offense… The Chiefs have the fourth- best offense in the red zone while Buffalo only has the 23rd best. The Bills need to scheme up their best work to date in the red zone this Sunday.

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