The marquee game of the divisional round of the 2021 NFL playoffs pits the two-time reigning AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs against the Buffalo Bills. This is a matchup most football observers have been looking forward to all year, and it’s finally here.
We’ve seen this matchup three times over the last two seasons, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting that it’s happening again. It’s not a battle for the AFC title like we might have expected it to be, but it’s still happening — and it’s going to be a whole lot of fun. Let’s break down what to watch for on each side of the ball.
How to watch
Date: Sunday, Jan. 23 | Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City)
TV: CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click here)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Chiefs -1.5, O/U 54
When the Bills have the ball
The first time these two teams played was likely the nadir for a Chiefs defense that at the time looked like it would undermine the team’s chances of making a serious run at another Super Bowl. The Bills were able to do essentially whatever they wanted, to the point where the Chiefs made dramatic personnel changes in the wake of their performance.
The Bills set the tone right from the jump, utilizing heavier personnel and quickly moving the ball downfield on their opening drive of the game. The thing that jumped out the most was their use of Josh Allen as a threat in the run game, which flummoxed Kansas City on that dominant opening drive.
Allen has been on a roll as a runner of late: he has rushed for at least 60 yards in each of the Bills’ last four games, and has rushed for 689 yards and three touchdowns over the team’s last eight contests. His combination of size, speed, and power is unmatched among quarterbacks in the NFL at the moment, and it makes him incredibly difficult to deal with in the run game — especially considering his proficiency for throwing on the…