Chiefs vs. Bills score: Josh Allen, Buffalo roll over Kansas City, get revenge in AFC title game rematch

The Buffalo Bills got their revenge on the Kansas City Chiefs. Josh Allen and Co. went to Arrowhead Stadium and whooped the home team 38-20 in a game that was delayed more than an hour due to severe weather at halftime and was not as competitive as the final score. 

The Bills improved their record to 4-1 with the victory, while the Chiefs dropped to 2-3 and last place in the AFC West. Allen threw for three touchdown passes and ran for another, while the Buffalo defense held Patrick Mahomes to just 5 yards per attempt and intercepted him twice. 

The Chiefs lost Clyde Edwards-Helaire to a knee injury during the game, and Travis Kelce later left the field after taking a huge hit from Bills safety Micah Hyde. It's safe to say the two-time defending AFC champions have some things to work on at the moment.

Here are some takeaways from Buffalo's big prime-time win:

Why the Bills won

They were basically a carbon copy of the Chiefs in peak form. Maybe even better. Let's start with the offense: Allen didn't throw it a ton compared to other outings, but when he did, he was a big-play machine, lasering deep shot after deep shot against a helpless Kansas City secondary to put the Chiefs on their toes early. On the ground, he was just as good, running hard to lead Buffalo in that regard, either pounding through or leaping over red defenders. This was an MVP-type night from him, with Dawson Knox, Stefon Diggs and Emmanuel Sanders chipping in with huge catches. Defensively, Sean McDermott's squad was just as impressive, making Mahomes uncomfortable for much of the night. Sure, they allowed No. 15 to sniff a comeback in the second half, but not for long, containing the Chiefs' weapons and rendering their rushing attack almost nonexistent. All in all, it was a total-package performance from the Bills, perhaps solidifying them as favorites in the AFC.

Why the Chiefs lost

A week after scoring touchdowns with video-game ease against the Eagles, Mahomes and Co. looked unusually out of sync at Arrowhead. Sometimes, drops were the culprit. Other times, Mahomes himself threw off-balance for no good reason. They flashed some red-zone creativity and looked primed for a potential shootout early, but they just never got into a rhythm. Edwards-Helaire struggled before leaving with a knee injury, so Mahomes was the only real threat on the ground, and not even Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce could find much room deep downfield. As for their defense, it came up with a key stop or two, but it also looked like the absolute sieve it is for chunks of play. Tyrann Mathieu was left to watch with his arms up in frustration as Allen torched the secondary in each quarter, and Daniel Sorensen found himself on the wrong end of maybe a half-dozen deep balls.

Turning point

Down just seven points after holding the Bills to a field goal, the Chiefs dialed up a fourth-and-5 play from Buffalo's 32 with just two minutes left in the first half. But Mahomes couldn't connect with Kelce, so the Bills took over and proceeded to score in two plays, with Allen launching a 53-yard touchdown to Knox. That one put Buffalo up 24-10 ahead of the break, burying the Chiefs for the duration of the rainy evening.

Play of the game

Allen's connection with Knox was electric against the Chiefs, and this deep shot down the right sideline was a sight to behold:

What's next

The Bills (4-1) will be back in prime time in Week 6 on "Monday Night Football", when they're set to visit the Titans (3-2), who are fresh off a rout of the Jaguars. The Chiefs (2-3), meanwhile, will hit the road to take on Washington (2-3), which just fell to the Saints on Sunday afternoon.

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Season Leaders

passing
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J. Allen 3071 YD, 25 TDS, 10 INTS
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J. Allen 3071 YD, 25 TDS, 10 INTS
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P. Mahomes 3200 YD, 25 TDS, 11 INTS
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P. Mahomes 3200 YD, 25 TDS, 11 INTS
rushing
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D. Singletary 98 ATT, 459 YD, 2 TDS
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D. Singletary 98 ATT, 459 YD, 2 TDS
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C. Edwards-Helaire 77 ATT, 367 YD, 1 TD
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C. Edwards-Helaire 77 ATT, 367 YD, 1 TD
receiving
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S. Diggs 67 REC, 847 YD, 7 TDS
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S. Diggs 67 REC, 847 YD, 7 TDS
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T. Hill 84 REC, 932 YD, 8 TDS
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T. Hill 84 REC, 932 YD, 8 TDS
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The Bills had the best point differential in the league coming into this game (+90) and now they'll extent that lead. The next-closest teams are the Cardinals (+62) and Cowboys (+53).

October 11, 2021, 4:33 AM
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Well, that'll almost certainly do it for the Chiefs. The Bills are going to move to 4-1, while the two-time defending AFC champions will drop to 2-3. They've got some things to work on, folks.

October 11, 2021, 4:28 AM
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Yikes. The last thing the Chiefs need tonight is a Travis Kelce injury. Just got walloped by Jordan Poyer. 

October 11, 2021, 4:25 AM
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KC is still down three scores here. Technically not impossible in 5:35, but pretty unlikely, especially in the rain and especially given how their offense has played tonight.

October 11, 2021, 4:22 AM
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It hasn't been the most efficient game in terms of completion percentage, but Allen has just been incredible. Big plays all over the place, using his legs, making great reads. Just a terrific performance.

October 11, 2021, 4:17 AM
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Man, Allen's ability as a runner has been so key for this entire game.

October 11, 2021, 4:15 AM
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WOW JOSH ALLEN!!!!! 

October 11, 2021, 4:12 AM
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Honey Badger *almost* had that one. Allen using the Mahomes-esque side-arm angle enabled him to get the ball around him and to Beasley on the perimeter.

October 11, 2021, 4:11 AM
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Essentially a punt from Josh Allen on that interception... which doesn't count because Frank Clark roughed the passer. Doesn't seem like an excellent call, but there have been plenty of pretty bad whistles tonight.

October 11, 2021, 4:08 AM
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This is not looking like a good drive from the Bills. Run up the middle and a flip screen with no blocking to start it off.

October 11, 2021, 4:06 AM
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It was a mistake by the Chiefs not to go for two there, by the way. They are going to need a two-point conversion at some point, or else they need two touchdowns instead. It's better to have that information as early as possible. They should have gone for two to cut the lead to 10.

October 11, 2021, 4:02 AM
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October 11, 2021, 4:01 AM
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Mahomes is on some sort of mission to throw a touchdown with every possible arm angle. That's the only explanation for some of this stuff.

October 11, 2021, 4:01 AM
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Well the Chiefs are right back in scoring position. Let's see how they fare this time.

October 11, 2021, 3:56 AM
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🤯

October 11, 2021, 3:52 AM
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And instead Greg Rousseau (FROM? THE U!!!) deflects Mahomes' smoke screen pass to himself and picks it off. Wow. 

October 11, 2021, 3:49 AM
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It hasn't been pretty but the Chiefs are back in scoring position. That penalty on Ed Oliver looms large now.

October 11, 2021, 3:49 AM
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That's a big mistake by Ed Oliver. The Bills had a chance to really put the game away if they were able to get off the field with a turnover there, but instead Oliver goes low and gives the Chiefs a first down, and new life.

October 11, 2021, 3:43 AM
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Sometimes Patrick Mahomes needs to learn to stand still and make a throw like a normal quarterback. I'm really nitpicking, because obviously most teams would beg for a QB of his caliber, but the timing or trajectory on some of these passes tonight (and in weeks past) is just off, seemingly because he's throwing from an uneven platform on purpose. He thrives making those throws when they're necessary, but you look at the miss into the dirt there to Mecole Hardman, and that's a standard throw you have to make. The receiver is more to blame for the pick-six that followed, but still ...

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Hard to overstate how impressive what the Bills defense is doing is. Great plan by Sean McDermott and top-notch execution all around.

October 11, 2021, 3:37 AM
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