Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills will close the action in the NFL Quarterfinals on Sunday evening. The home side has played great football in the past few months, and they are considered among the top favorites for the Lombardi trophy. The visitors have improved their game lately, and they look forward to another win.
Kansas City didn’t have any problems in the wild-card game, and they want to repeat a similar performance. The hosts were clinical in the offense, hoping to continue in the same fashion. On the other hand, Buffalo entered a five-game winning streak. The away side hopes it could last a little longer.
Kansas City Chiefs – Are they capable of another confident performance?
The Chiefs had a disappointing start to the campaign, but they raised the level of their game significantly. After a 2-4 record in the opening six rounds, the hosts have lost just one game since then. That excellent run propelled them to the top of the AFC West with a 12-5 record, and Patrick Mahomes and the lads found their mojo back. Kansas City faced the Steelers in the wild-card game, and they booked a comfortable 42-21 victory. After a quiet first period, the Chiefs’ offense exploded and produced 35 points before the last quarter.
Kansas City’s starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes led them to success by going 404 yards through the air on 30-39, followed by five touchdowns and an interception. On the other hand, the Steelers’ defenders sacked him three times. Jerick McKinnon led the Chiefs’ ground game with 61 yards, while Patrick Mahomes carried the ball for 29 yards. Travis Kelce dominated the receiving department with 108 yards and a touchdown reception, while Jerick McKinnon and Demarcus Robinson combined for 157 receiving yards and a score. On defense, Nick Bolton and L’Jarius Sneed had eight total tackles each, while Tershawn Wharton and Mike Danna logged a sack each.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Tyreek Hill, Byron Pringle, Mecole Hardman, Travis Kelce, Michael Burton, Orlando Brown Jr., Joe Thuney, Creed Humphrey, Kyle Long, Andrew Wylie
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Chris Jones, Jarran Reed, Derrick Nnadi, Frank Clark, Nick Bolton, Anthony Hitchens, Willie Gay, Charvarius Ward, Tyrann Mathieu, Juan Thornhill, L’Jarius Sneed
Quarter Back: Patrick Mahomes
Kicker: Harrison Butker
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Buffalo Bills – Can they upset the rivals on the road?
The Bills entered a winning mode at the right moment, as they celebrated five times in a row. Buffalo topped the AFC East with an 11-6 record, and they faced their division rivals, the Patriots, in the wild-card game. Although many people expected a tight game, the Bills thrashed New England in a 47-17 win. Things were pretty clear already after the first half, as the Bills had a 27-3 advantage.
Josh Allen led their way to the victory by throwing for 308 yards on 21-25 and finding the end zone five times. Devin Singletary has been excellent in the ground game, gaining 81 rushing yards and scoring twice. Allen was also active in the ground game, as he carried the ball for 66 yards. Dawson Knox led the receiving corps with 89 yards and a pair of touchdown receptions, while Stefon Diggs and Isaiah McKenzie combined for 105 receiving yards. On the other hand, Tremaine Edmunds had eight total tackles, while three defenders logged a sack each.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Devin Singletary, Stefon Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders, Cole Beasley, Dawson Knox, Reggie Gilliam, Dion Dawkins, Ryan Bates, Mitch Morse, Daryl Williams, Spencer Brown
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Greg Rousseau, Ed Oliver, Harrison Phillips, Jerry Hughes, Matt Milano, Tremaine Edmunds, A.J. Klein, Taron Johnson, Jordan Poyer, Micah Hyde, Levi Wallace
Quarter Back: Josh Allen
Kicker: Tyler Bass
Expert Pick #1 – Kansas City Chiefs -2 @-110
Buffalo produced a very powerful display by dismantling the Patriots, who fielded a rookie QB. On the other hand, Kansas City has played excellent football, probably the best over a couple of previous months. I see them progressing to the semifinals and covering the number, so I’ll take them as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 54.5 @-110
Although the margin is pretty high here, I expect to see fireworks in this match. Both Mahomes and Allen had excellent displays in the previous round, and the Over cashed in the Chiefs’ last six games. They could drive this game to the 50s, and I’ll back the Over as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Chiefs Over 28.5 @+100
The Chiefs stayed under a 28.5 margin just once on the previous six occasions (and they scored 28 points in that one). They have been smoking hot on the home ground, and I see them reaching the 30s in this one. The plus money odds are fairly attractive for this one, and it’s going to be my third pick.