Bills QB Josh Allen says Chiefs will be ‘four-quarter dog fight’

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen had the worst game of his otherwise MVP season against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. Now in the AFC Championship game he’s going to get another crack at them.

In forecasting ahead to Sunday, based on that prior experience, Allen said he’s ready for a long day at the office. He sees a back-and-forth game on the horizon.

“They showed a couple of different things on defense [in Week 6], stuff we probably weren’t expecting. I think we’ve gotten a lot better since that game,” Allen said via video conference. “Just two good teams that are going to go out there and compete. It’s going to be a four=quarter dog fight. We know that, we understand that.”

Along with Allen, Bills head coach Sean McDermott this week said he’s expecting a tough battle as well. While discussing his defense specifically, McDermott seemed to generalize his whole team into his thought when answering where he sees the improves in his locker room since that 26-17 loss to the Chiefs.

McDermott said determination stood out.

“It emphasizes and highlights a very resilient group of players that have continued to develop throughout the season. That’s important because it’s a journey. There’s going to be highs and lows through a season and those players have done a phenomenal job of learning from previous experiences and situations and building as they move forward throughout the year,” McDermott said via video conference.

On his offense and quarterback specifically, McDermott’s faith in Allen certainly did not waver from that loss.

“This is the next step for Josh. This is what you want, this is what you work for… what he’s worked for. He’ll be ready and we’ll be extremely confident,” McDermott added.

In that first game vs. KC, Allen was 14-for-27 passing for 122 yards. That completion percentage, just north of 50, and passing yard total was Allen’s worse numbers in both categories in 2020. Sprinkle in an interception for good measure, too.

Allen will easily be motivated to have a better game than that. But he acknowledges the Bills can’t just rely on one person to beat the defending Super Bowl champs.

It’s a team effort.

“We’ve got to do everything in our power to put our best foot forward. Not make dumb mistakes and put the ball where it needs to be,” Allen said. “If they play zone or they play man we’ve got to win our matchups outside and get our run game established and play really good complementary football.”

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