Bills coach provides insight into the 'hybrid' preparation plan for the Chiefs.

Bills coach provides insight into the 'hybrid' preparation plan for the Chiefs.

Bills coach provides insight into the 'hybrid' preparation plan for the Chiefs.
On January 23, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri, head coach Sean McDermott of the Buffalo Bills watches as his team plays the Kansas City Chiefs during the opening quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

Orchard Park, New York — Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas Chiefs must face the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football to wrap up Week 5 before facing the Buffalo Bills in a rematch of the divisional round classic from a year ago in Week 6.

McDermott stated that while watching the Bills live next week is a once-in-a-lifetime chance, it may also throw his schedule out of whack.

"It's good to be able to watch a little bit of television," McDermott remarked on Monday, one day after the Bills defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-3.

"However, when you're trying to go through your typical process and routine on a Monday night, and what you're trying to get done for the next morning, that can be a distraction as well."

Since the schedule was released in May, Bills supporters have had this game highlighted on their calendar. Inside Arrowhead Stadium, there are many demons to exorcise. The previous two seasons, Buffalo's playoff journey ended at Kansas City. Even after trading away All-Pro receiver Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs remain among the best in the AFC and NFL.

How will McDermott prepare his squad to face its skilled opponent? It will be a mix of tools.

"It's probably a mix of everything," he explained. "We definitely wouldn't be doing a thorough review if we didn't look at this season and what they've done this year." Then not using what we've done against them or what they've done against us would be about equivalent. So I believe you need to broaden the canvas a bit more and look at what they've done this year as well as what they've done against us."

Since Mahomes and Josh Allen took over as starting for the Chiefs and Bills, respectively, the two teams have played four times in the last two seasons. Buffalo is 1-3 in those contests, with the lone victory coming at home at Highmark Stadium. The Bills haven't won at Arrowhead since 2017, when Alex Smith was the Chiefs' quarterback.

Allen and Mahomes have resumed their play from last season. Allen leads the NFL with 11 touchdowns entering Monday Night Football. After tonight, they might be ranked first and second in the league.

This Sunday, all eyes will be on Von Miller. On the free agency market, the Bills paid him a king's ransom to directly effect the Bills' games against Mahomes and the Chiefs.

Buffalo has blitzed only 12 times in five games, the fewest of any NFL club. They're applying pressure with four, and Miller's influence is being felt up front. The Bills defense is statistically stronger than it was last season, and the task will be to restrict Mahomes so Allen and the explosive Buffalo offense can finally break through.

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