The Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills have a budding rivalry going over the past few years.
And the rivalry stems from having two of the most dynamic signal-callers in the league in Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. In four meetings Mahomes leads, 3-1, but Allen and the Bills have been inching closer. While the two teams battle on the gridiron, Mahomes and Allen are really complimentary of one another. In fact they’re friends who play golf together and do other things in the offseason.
Is Josh Allen vs. Patrick Mahomes the next Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning rivalry?
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— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) October 12, 2022
But according to ESPN analyst Ryan Clark, they’re too friendly and complimentary toward each other. Clark wants them to have that Tom Brady and Peyton Manning rivalry going, where they respect one another, but limit the compliments for each other as well.
During Friday’s episode of “NFL Live” on ESPN, Clark expressed feelings saying this.
“I don’t like Josh and Patrick Mahomes like each other so much. I want that same thing of our new Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning right there. They’re our new ones. Do you remember how hard it was for those two dudes to compliment each other? I don’t like this new-age friendship we have with these two young gunners, who are sure to put up a ton of points this weekend.”
Clark is old school and loved when teams and players went at each other’s throats. Now it’s all this after-game love and jersey swaps, and it’s actually become a bit nauseating.
Will Sunday Playout Like Epic Playoff Matchup?
Last season the Chiefs and Bills met twice, once during the regular season and again in the AFC Divisional playoffs. In the first meeting the Bills won easily 38-20. But the playoffs matchup is all folks talk about, and for good reason. In a back-and-forth game Mahomes, and the Chiefs got the last laugh winning 42-36 in overtime. It was like watching the aforementioned Brady and Manning in one of their epic matchups where the one with the football last prevailed.
It’s the league’s no. 1 scoring offense vs. the no. 1 scoring defense on Sunday 👊 pic.twitter.com/eFmnskWmKn
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 14, 2022
Sunday’s matchup will pit the league’s top defense (Bills) and the league’s top offense (Chiefs), with the league’s two best signal-callers. Bills signed edge rusher Von Miller for games like this. In past matchups, Buffalo hasn’t been able to get enough pressure on Mahomes when it mattered most.
The Chiefs responded by solidifying it’s offensive line, which is one of the best in the league.
Until Allen Beats Mahomes When It Matters He’ll Never Supplant Him As Top Dawg
With the Bills being the Super Bowl favorites and Allen the prohibitive MVP favorite, they’ll be gunning to get this win for sure. But beating Mahomes and company now means nothing if you can’t beat them come playoff time. The last two seasons, Buffalo’s year has come to an end at the hands of the Chiefs and Mahomes, who has accrued Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl MVP and NFL MVP awards in his career.
But if Allen’s the guy to do it, now would be a good time to start.
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