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Divisional Round Predictions

It’s time for yet another rematch. Bills. Chiefs. Divisional Round. Here are my predictions for what will happen on Sunday.

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What an absolute annihilation last week’s game was. And if any of the pressers are an indication, the Bills are far from done. They are locked in and ready to storm Arrowhead.

Previously on Bills vs Chiefs (Week 5, this season)

Who could forget this revenge game? 38-20, Allen was a damn general, Knox strutted his stuff, and Sanders emerged as the veteran this Bills team needed. It was all Bills, all game long, despite a rain delay. This week, the weather looks slightly different, highs of 30 degrees, with little wind and no chance of rain.

Perfect night for the Chiefs to be knocked off top spot.

Prediction #1 – Mahomes learns his place

Now, I do love Patrick Mahomes, a stellar QB. But, his OL doesn’t protect him the way they should, I have no doubt this hungry defensive line is due for a meal.

The DL will be in his face all game long. He can’t possibly keep scurrying away. So, he’ll be sacked twice. I’m going to go one step further and say one of these will be dealt with him by AJ Epenesa. I have hopes that this will be a big game for him.

Prediction #2 – Offensive Line wins at LOS

On the flip side, this OL is better than the Chiefs defensive line. These past few games have shown a huge improvement in protecting Allen. I mean, nine seconds to throw a TD to Knox in the back of the endzone??? This was not something I thought just a few weeks ago. In fact, I was calling for them to be yeeted into the sun. But, the inclusion of Bates and Knox has really shown something different.

Allen will not be pressured in that pocket. No DL will lay a hand on him, much less sack him. Not only can that OL protect him, but the added benefit is that Allen is not one to go down. He’s a big dude and not a quitter.

Prediction #4 – Dane Jackson has a day!

With Tre White unavailable, Jackson has stepped in, in his place. And so far, he’s been successful. Of course, he’s no White, but he makes for a good substitute. With the way the Chiefs offense has been clicking these past few weeks, this secondary will have their work cut out for them. Particularly Jackson.

He’ll lead the Bills defense in total tackles and may even come away with a pick. I like his chances, he’s stepped up hugely, but the job’s not done.

Prediction #5 – Defence makes a stand

This defense has been underrated all season long. It’s been disgraceful. Made even worse by the fact that none of them received Pro Bowl nods? Why the heck not? Do people just not watch football closely enough? The audacity. But no matter, they’re making it count now. And they’re doing it in style.

The Chiefs offense is explosive, no doubt about it. But this defense is better. They won’t allow a first-drive TD, shaking the Chiefs to their core. They started off slow versus the Steelers, I’m sure they’d avoid doing the same, so it’s up to the D to force them into it. And they can. They’ll keep that pressure on them. All game long, they’ll allow just three touchdowns. Yes, I said it, three.

Go bolder you say? Fine. They will have just four redzone opportunities, converting only two to six points.

I’ve been rooting for this defence all along, whilst others had doubt, I was not one of them. And this game is their chance to show you all wrong.

Prediction #6 – Joshua Patrick Allen

Last week, I was dead on with my prediction of him throwing for over 300 yards. He did it and made it look so goddamn easy. A Belichick-coached defense could not contain him, so I doubt that a Spagnuolo-coached D can do any better.

Allen will have over 320 passing yards, complete at least 80% of his passes, over 50 rushing yards, and four total touchdowns. He is on fire and is showing no signs of slowing down. If he stays calm and makes smart decisions like he did last week, my predictions might just be too low.

Prediction #7 – Hyde with a Special Teams TD

We all saw the run last week, he has the skills, speed and ability to take it all the way back to the house.

With that confidence, how fun would it be for him to do this at Arrowhead? He’s already scored a TD before; I see no reason why he can’t do it again. Just need to make sure Dodson stays out of his way.

Final

I have huge confidence in this Bills team. Especially after the way they performed against a top-five defense, a BB-coached defense no less, they can make things difficult for the Chiefs at home. The weather is on their side; Bills Mafia is showing up with the sweet potatoes, and Ryan Fitzpatrick is rooting for them. This is a recipe for success.

Bills by a Billion.

Much like Marty McFly, Trish Patel (aka Tyler Bass Enthusiast) is a time traveller who stole a sports almanac so as to fool you mortals into believing that she can predict the stats of a game. If you come at her on social media, there is an excellent chance you'll get burnt. They don't call her @savage_trish for nothing.

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