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Buffalo Rushing Offense at Kansas City - Good
The Bills rushing offense was virtually non-existent in last week’s win over Baltimore as the offense as a whole appeared to be a shell of themselves. The Bills never established much of a lead until the third quarter, and as a result, they never established their ground game as Devin Singletary rushed only seven times for 25 yards despite acting as the clear lead running back with Zack Moss now injured. Buffalo hasn’t been known for their ground game throughout the season as this offense has funneled primarily through the air with Josh Allen having the best season of his young career. Allen’s 420 rushing yards in the regular season is nothing to scoff at though, as he has shown to be quite dangerous with his legs while this Bills coaching staff is not afraid to let him loose. Allen rushed for eight touchdowns during the regular season and had one of his better rushing outings (42 yards) against this Chiefs defense in Week 6. While you can never rely heavily on the Bills rushing offense to perform well, and you certainly won’t be trusting Devin Singletary given his limited expected volume, Allen could be the one to keep an eye on in this pivotal matchup.
The Chiefs sport a below-average run defense that consistently struggled throughout the regular season and even into the postseason after allowing over 100 rushing yards and a touchdown to Browns running backs last week. Running backs facing the Chiefs averaged 101 rushing yards per game while scoring the 12th-most fantasy points (non-PPR) during the regular season. This defense did have plenty of success against the Bills running backs in Week 6 (allowed only 42 rushing yards), but they struggled to contain Josh Allen as he amassed 42 rushing yards of his own. These two teams have opposing strengths in the trenches as the Bills sport a pair of strong offensive tackles with a weaker interior, while the Chiefs typically have fielded a stronger set of defensive tackles than edge defenders. The Chiefs’ defensive line, however, is more built to stop the pass than the run as they lack a strong set of gap-stuffing linemen to eat up space on the inside. Thankfully for Kansas City, Buffalo’s game plan hardly ever revolves around relying on their ground game, and that is unlikely to change in this week’s matchup- which is likely to evolve into an aerial shoot-out.