KANSAS CITY | Since the last playoffs, the next great vintage between the Bills and the Chiefs has been eagerly awaited. If a few big duels have disappointed so far this season, it would be surprising if this one didn't reverse the trend.
As a curtain raiser to Week 1, the clash between the Bills and the Rams was ultimately never one. The game was outrageously dominated by the Bills.
In Week 3, the expected clash between the Packers and Buccaneers was marred by both teams' offensive troubles and left fans hungry.< /p>
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Several evening prime-time games were simply stodgy. This time, it's hard to believe that fans will not be pampered.
The two teams are facing each other as they have orchestrated spectacular comebacks, the Chiefs against the Raiders last Monday and the Bills against the Ravens the week before.
The two quarterbacks, Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes , perform their small weekly miracles by improvising in spectacular fashion. Except that this duel is much more than that between two star quarterbacks.
At the Chiefs, the offensive philosophy is now to distribute love. Mahomes has adapted to his new reality without Tyreek Hill, brilliantly.
Even though Travis Kelce continues to ravage his rivals, he is targeted on just 22% of Mahomes' passes. JuJu Smith-Schuster (18.5%), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (16.4%), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (9.5%) and Mecole Hardman (9%) form a committee and attention is evenly distributed.
Travis Kelce of the Chiefs and Taron Johnson of the Bills
Of course, Kelce will remain the headliner against the Bills, who he has beaten hard in the past with 32 receptions for 336 yards and six touchdowns in their last four meetings.
This season, the Bills however, limited opposing tight ends to 11 receptions for 91 yards in five games. Good job, but Kelce is a whole other animal!
Despite their crippled secondary, the Bills give only crumbs by the pass this season, they who are well supported by their two excellent linebackers in coverage, Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds. The defense against Kelce will definitely be a critical point in this game.
Where the Bills could have a marked advantage is with their receiving group. Between a Stefon Diggs on fire, a Gabriel Davis who has regained his health, a dynamic Isaiah McKenzie who should return to the game and the rookie Khalil Shakir who is taking his place well, the strike force is remarkable.
Isaiah McKenzie < p>Especially since the Chiefs are betting on a very young tertiary and one of the rare veterans of this group, Rashad Fenton, will be absent. With first-round pick Trent McDuffie also expected to remain on the sidelines, young fourth-round pick Joshua Williams, who has played just 5% of his defensive plays so far, will play a big role alongside of another rookie, Jaylen Watson. It's certainly not ideal.
The test will be huge, and that's where the Bills should have the biggest advantage. The Chiefs' pass defense gave up 12 touchdowns and had just one interception. Opposing quarterbacks are completing 69.3% of their passes.
Our crystal ball points to an exciting, high-scoring game that the Bills will narrowly win thanks to their many offensive weapons and pressure from the defensive front led by Von Miller and Greg Rousseau.
MY WEEK 6 PREDICTIONS
Washington to Chicago BEARS
San Francisco to Atlanta (1pm) 49ERS
New -England at Cleveland (1 p.m.) PATRIOTS
NY Jets at Green Bay (1 p.m.) PACKERS
Jacksonville at Indianapolis (1 p.m.) COLTS
Minnesota at Miami (1 p.m.) VIKINGS
Cincinnati at New Orleans (1 p.m.) BENGALS
Baltimore at NY Giants (1 p.m.) RAVENS
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh (13 h) BUCCANEERS
Caroline at LA Rams (4:05 p.m.) RAMS
Arizona at Seattle (4:05 p.m.) CARDINALS
Buffalo at Kansas City (4:25 p.m.) BILLS
Dallas at Philadelphia (8:20 p.m.) EAGLES
Denver at LA Chargers (8:30 p.m.) CHARGERS< /li>
*Teams off: Texans, Titans, Raiders, Lions
LAST WEEK RESULTS: 11 of 16 (68.8%)
RESULTS THIS SEASON: 50 in 80 (62.5%)
THE JOURNAL'S CHOICES
< em>San Francisco 49ers vs (3-2) vs Atlanta Falcons (2-3)
After their win last Sunday in Carolina, the 49ers stayed on the East Coast rather than returning to their nest. In 2019, 2020 and 2021 they tried this different approach and for their second straight games in the East they won by 24, 25 and six points. The trend should continue and the Falcons, even if they still haven't lost by more than one possession, will be the victims. Niners defense may be without Nick Bosa, but still strong.
49ers par 7
New England Patriots (2-3) vs Cleveland Browns (2-3)
Last season, the Patriots humiliated the Browns 45-7. It's hard to imagine a similar scenario. The Patriots, after being solid against the run in their first two weeks, have given up for over 100 yards in their last three games. As usual, Bill Belichick will work to eliminate the best opponent, Nick Chubb, absent from the duel last year. Easier said than done. Little news: the Pats can also run at will.
Patriots by 2
< strong>New York Jets (3-2) vs Green Bay Packers (3-2)
DEFENSE IN SPOTLIGHT
Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry is singled out for the Packers' shaky start. There's too much talent on defense to give up 27 points to a decimated Giants on offense or 24 points to a Patriots with their third quarterback, in his first game ever, at Green Bay. We bet this unit will regain its pride this week. The Jets are not to be taken lightly. Their defensive front has improved and the attack is dynamic.
Packers by 6
< p>Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3) vs Indianapolis Colts (2-2-1)
NOT VERY INSPIRING< /strong>
No team cowers more in front of the Jaguars than the Colts. The latter have been defeated by the Jags nine times in 14 games, including the 24-0 beating in Week 2. It must be said that since then, the Colts have brought their season back on track, while the Jaguars offense is sinking. in his bad habits. Colts carrier Jonathan Taylor should return to the game, which will stabilize the Colts' sad offense to a minimum. Expect another ode to the field goal.
Colts by 3
Minnesota Vikings (4-1) vs Miami Dolphins (3- 2)
LOTS OF SPEED
As much on the Vikings side with Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook as on the Dolphins side with Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, there is squared speed in this duel. Except that the two Miami receivers are in bad shape, even if they will play. Rookie quarterback Skylar Thompson will lead the Dolphins offense. On the face of it, that's a big advantage for the Vikings, but the last three seasons they've been 0-4 against reserve quarterbacks.
< strong>Vikings by 4
Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) vs New Orleans Saints (2-3)
The Saints' 39 points last week seem more like an illusion than a wake-up call. They were up against the generous defense of the Seahawks and Taysom Hill had the performance of his life. He will still be involved, but he cannot often rise like this. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow and wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase are returning to Louisiana after their time at LSU. They will repeat the sparks of this glorious past.
Bengals par 3
Baltimore Ravens (3-2) vs New York Giants (4-1)
If anyone has the knowledge to slow Lamar Jackson's momentum, it's Giants defensive coordinator “Wink” Martindale. He's spent the last 10 seasons on the Ravens' defensive staff, so he's seen Jackson's tendencies on a daily basis. Except that the Ravens defense, pitiful at the start of the season, has pulled itself together for two weeks. Of note, Jackson as of this writing is 12-0 against NFC teams.
Ravens by 6< /li>
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4)
< strong>HARD LEARNING
After facing the Bills defense, which was ranked first against the pass and first in points allowed, Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett finds himself facing the sixth-ranked defense against the pass and sixth in points allowed. It's hard to experience a hotter baptism of fire! The Steelers are at home and will not be humiliated by 35 points, but four players, including Minkah Fitzpatrick, are absent in the secondary. This is going to hurt.
Buccaneers by 12
Law Panthers Carolina (1-4) vs Los Angeles Rams (2-3)
Steve Wilks, the new interim head coach, takes over with the impossible mission of reviving the Panthers. There is also news at quarterback as PJ Walker replaces the injured Baker Mayfield. Walker had shone in the XFL in 2020 before the circuit ended prematurely. In the NFL, he threw two touchdown passes to eight interceptions. The Rams have their share of troubles and you have to be wary of a team energized by change.
Rams by 9< /li>
Arizona Cardinals (2-3) vs Seattle Seahawks (2-3)
RIPE FOR A REVIVAL
Since the start of the season, the Cardinals' air offense has still not crossed the 300-yard mark in a game. The Seahawks defense has already given up 300 yards through the air twice. In short, for the Cards, the alarm clock has come. For the Seahawks, only one game has been lost by more than one possession and Geno Smith continues to play well. One to watch, rookie carrier Kenneth Walker III has a clear run in the backfield.
Cardinals by 1
Buffalo Bills (4-1) vs Kansas City Chiefs (4-1)
BREAK OUT THE POPCORN !
The last time these two teams met in January, 25 points were scored…in the last two minutes! Expect another constant fight between two hard-to-stop attacks. Despite their young secondary, the Chiefs give up just 6.2 yards per pass attempt, earning them eighth overall. Will Josh Allen and the Bills be patient using the running game and what the defense gives them?
Bills par 3
Dallas Cowboys (4-1) vs Philadelphia Eagles (5-0)
YET COOPER RUSH
Cooper Rush and Ezekiel Elliott
Dak Prescott's return will wait for the Cowboys. And imagine all the noise if Cooper Rush were to not only win, but play the game of his life against the Eagles! Dallas would quickly turn upside down. But we are not there. The defense carried the Cowboys, especially their superb defensive front. However, the Eagles are probably betting on the best offensive line in the circuit. And this offensive unit scores 27 points per game.
Eagles by 6
Denver Broncos (2-3) vs Los Angeles Chargers (3 -2)
Not Prime Time Broncos yet! What a painful nightmare! The NFL probably thought it had struck a blow by offering the 2022 vintage with Russell Wilson to millions of viewers. They now want to murder their TV in every cruelly putrid game of the Broncos attack. And now the Broncos have lost left tackle Garrett Bolles. If Russell Wilson doesn't start running again, he's screwed. And our eyes too.
Chargers per 5
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Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128