The Buffalo Bills were on the losing side of another AFC Divisional Round classic against the Kansas City Chiefs. In a 27-24 loss at Highmark Stadium, the Bills join the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and New England Patriots in an AFC East offseason full of questions.
Let’s start with the Bills. It was another wide right disappointment in Buffalo as Tyler Bass pushed a potential 44-yard game-tying field goal to the right. Another year, another loss to the Chiefs and another missed opportunity for the Bills who had Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champions on the ropes early in the first half.
AFC East News: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills went down as a team
Josh Allen, who once against put together a fantastic game with his arms and legs refused to put the blame on Bass following the game. A team effort, Allen wasn’t going to throw his kicker under the bus.
“I wish it wouldn’t have been put in that situation,” Allen said following the game. “You win as a team, you lose as a team. One play doesn’t define a game. It doesn’t define a season. I know people are gonna be out there saying that. We’ve got to be there for him because, again, we execute a couple of plays prior, probably singing a different tune right now.”
If Bass hit the field goal, Mahomes and the Chiefs would’ve still had time to win the game, so it would’ve been on the defense, a defense that struggled all game long to stop Kansas City and force the game into overtime where plays still must had been made. Still, it must be hard for Bills Mafia and the Bills as a team to see yet another failed attempt in the playoffs. This will set up an interesting offseason for Bills head coach Sean McDermott and a team that just can’t seem to get over that hump.
What changes are ahead in Buffalo this offseason? Along re-tooling the defense, the Bills will have free agency decisions to make on key players like Gabe Davis, DaQuan Jones, Micah Hyde and A.J. Espensa, key players on the defensive side of the ball. There will also be some Stefon Diggs trade rumblings, which is becoming an annual storyline in Buffalo.
Through free agency and the draft, the Bills must continue to build around Josh Allen, who did his part in the playoffs.