Due to COVID postponements and the NFL juggling its schedule, Week 6 features a Monday Night Football doubleheader with the Kansas City Chiefs visiting the Buffalo Bills as the opening game on Monday afternoon. This first MNF game marks the first of two Gotta Get Unstuck contests to end Week 6.
The Kansas City and Buffalo game originally had a Thursday Night Football billing before the NFL rescheduled it to Monday Night Football after the Bills played in the league’s first-ever Tuesday Night Football game against the Tennessee Titans.
Kansas City started the season 4-0, but was upended by the Las Vegas Raiders last week. Patrick Mahomes and KC are seeking a bounce-back win.
|MNF: Kansas City (4-1) at Buffalo Bills (4-1)|
- Kick-off: 2:00pm PT
- Point Spread: KC -5.5
- Total: 56.5 o/u
- Money Line: KC -225 / BUF +185
The Buffalo Bills also started the season 4-0, but saw their undefeated season come to an end with a 42-16 thrashing by the Tennessee Titans in Week 5. The Bills look to avoid a two-game losing streak with the Super Bowl champs rolling into Buffalo.
The total in this game continues to head north because it’s a mighty contest between two of the NFL’s top passing teams. The Bills are ranked #2 in the NFL in passing yards (308 ypg) and the Chiefs are ranked #4 in passing (287.8 ypg). The total is currently 56.5 over/under at press time.
DraftKings updated its NFL future board, and Kansas City continues to be the Super Bowl favorite at +425 odds.
KC Plugging Those Holes
Kansas City has been on a mission to avoid a Super Bowl hangover. They started the season a perfect 4-0 before they were tripped up last week against the Raiders.
The Raiders exposed a potentially huge problem for Kansas City: their pass rush defense looked awful. They allowed 24 quarterback pressures against the Raiders versus 26 total in the previous four games.
Healthy teams win Super Bowls, especially when their star quarterback remains healthy. The more pressure the O-line gives up, the higher the risk that Mahomes could suffer a serious injury.
Mahomes continues to make insane escape-artists moves when the pocket collapses, but even the hottest craps shooter knows their just one roll away from crapping out.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs added running back Le’Veon Bell to the squad in an attempt to bolster the running game. The disgruntled, ex-New York Jets RB won’t play in Week 6, but he should be ready for their game against the Denver Broncos.
For now, rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be the primary back. The rookie had a hot start, but has since slowed up. After rushing for 138 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, he rushed for only 40 yards in a Week 5 loss to Las Vegas.
The angle of this @PatrickMahomes throw. 😳
— NFL (@NFL) October 11, 2020
Josh Allen for MVP?
Josh Allen threw for 1,589 yards and 14 touchdowns. Allen leads the NFL’s second-best passing attack, averaging 308 yards per game.
The running game (93.8 yards per game) is definitely the weakest aspect of the Bills’ offense (ranked sixth-worst in the NFL). Devin Singletary averages 3.9 yards per carry, but he’s rushed only 61 times this season and found the end zone just once. Allen leads the Bills with three rushing touchdowns and is averaging 3.5 yards per scramble.
“Josh loves to win,” McDermott said about Allen. “He’s a competitor, man. He’s a competitive sucker and he loves to win. I can’t say enough about him. He loves to play the game, loves to win, and he puts his heart, soul and body into everything in this game. As a teammate, how could you not love him?”
Only the Houston Texans have a worse run defense than Kansas City, which allows 157.6 rushing yards per game. If there’s a spot for Singletary to have a breakout game for the Bills, it’s against the Chiefs on MNF.