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NFL Power Rankings: Was Sunday night more about Bills' dominance or Chiefs' problems?

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Crap article from Frank Schwab, of course he spins it not as Buffalo dominance but that KC had an off game and needs to make adjustments.

NFL Power Rankings: Was Sunday night more about Bills' dominance or Chiefs' problems?

 

The Buffalo Bills looked like a potential Super Bowl champion and Josh Allen looked like an MVP favorite on Sunday night. But that viewpoint changes, depending on who you ask. 

There's no debating the Kansas City Chiefs' role in all those highlights. In the time you took to read the last three sentences, Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen gave up another catch. There were some serious coverage breakdowns from one of the NFL's worst defenses. The utter lack of a pass rush doesn't help. 

 

It's fair to call the Bills' 38-20 win on Sunday night a statement game. But a statement for which team? 

First, the Bills. Getting a marquee, prime-time win at Arrowhead Stadium legitimizes Buffalo as a Super Bowl contender. If you wanted to proclaim the Bills the best team in the AFC, there couldn't be too many long arguments against it. 

While Allen and the offense will get the attention, and it's not unjustified, the defense has been what's carrying the Bills. The Bills' defense was No. 1 in Football Outsiders' DVOA before last week. The Chiefs moved the ball fine, but the Bills made plays. A pick-six by Micah Hyde put a stamp on the win. Holding the Chiefs to 20 points at Arrowhead Stadium, and often frustrating Patrick Mahomes, is a good night. The Bills have balance, which we can't necessarily say about Kansas City. 

The Chiefs don't have what you'd consider a bad loss. There's no shame in losing to the Ravens, Chargers or Bills, even if the latter two came at home. But we're not used to seeing the Chiefs string together losses, period. In Patrick Mahomes' first three seasons as starter, the Chiefs went 12-4, 12-4 and 14-2. Now they're 2-3. Defense is the obvious culprit. They need to get healthier. Top lineman Chris Jones missed Sunday's game with a wrist injury, and Kansas City isn't going anywhere without him. But since the offense is still great, there's a foundation to work with. The defense should get better. It won't be great, but it should be good enough for the Chiefs to still be one of the NFL's better teams this season. 

The problem is that a slow start and the loss to the Bills will linger for a while. The Bills lead them by two games and own the tiebreaker, if we're talking about the No. 1 seed in the AFC. The Chargers currently have the tiebreaker in the AFC West and a two-game lead. There's a long time for the Chiefs to overcome two-game deficits, but it's not like the Bills or Chargers will lose many games. The Chiefs will have to win a lot of games while fixing a bad defense to win the division, much less have dreams of passing the Bills or whoever else for a No. 1 seed. 

The answer to what happened Sunday is both sides mattered in the outcome. The Bills were, and will be, very good. The Chiefs' defense is a problem. The latter might get fixed. But Sunday's Bills win is going to resonate for the rest of the season.

 

2. Buffalo Bills (4-1, LW: 2)

Tight end Dawson Knox's emergence is one of a dozen or more good signs for the Bills. Knox was an intriguing athlete but hadn't done much for two seasons, and now he has five touchdowns in five games. The Bills are absolutely loaded on both sides of the ball, and that's why they've taken over as the favorites in the AFC. 

 

1. Arizona Cardinals (5-0, LW: 1)

Why the Cardinals over the Bills? It's the totality of the first five weeks. The Bills did have a great, dominant win over the Chiefs, but it's not really that much more impressive than what Arizona did at the Rams (with the Chiefs' defensive issues, you could argue Cardinals over Rams was the better win). The Cardinals have played probably a slightly tougher schedule. And the Bills did lose a home game to 2-3 Pittsburgh. 

 

 

 

 


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