KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Buffalo Bills needed to win this way. Not with a blowout filled with highlight-reel splash plays. Not with reserves playing meaningless minutes as the game clock ticked down in the fourth quarter. It had to be like this — with Josh Allen trying to make critical plays, his receivers coming up with big catches and Von Miller wreaking havoc when Patrick Mahomes was looking to create his all too familiar brand of magic.
The Bills got the win they wanted in Kansas City, beating the Chiefs 24-20 on Sunday afternoon. How they ultimately earned that victory said far more than the result itself. Three of Buffalo’s first four wins of the season came by an average margin of 30 points. The odds of them beating the Chiefs that soundly weren’t good coming in and it’s more beneficial to their long-term goals that it didn’t go that way.
The Bills are the best team in the NFL. If they want to still be able to make that claim at the end of the season, they need to win games like this against teams like this.
“I’m proud of our team and how we battled tonight,” Allen said. “We obviously didn’t start off how we wanted to, but guys just kept their heads down, didn’t panic or blink, trusted the game plan, trusted situational football and got a W. That was our only goal coming in here. If it’s by one or 100, it’s another win and that’s what we’re trying to do each and every week.”
The start Allen alluded to was a fumble on an option pitch on Buffalo’s first drive of the game. Chiefs linebacker Darius Harris recovered the ball at Kansas City’s 11-yard line and ended the Bills’ initial opportunity to send an immediate message in a hostile environment. That play could have been an ominous sign of what was to come for the Bills. Instead, it became a reason to be even more optimistic about what this team can become as it chases a Super Bowl victory.