Passing fad: Mahomes-led Chiefs take on Allen-led Bills

KANSAS CITY (4-1) at BUFFALO (4-1)

Monday 5 p.m. EDT, Fox

OPENING LINE – Chiefs by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD – Chiefs 3-1; Bills 3-2

SERIES RECORD – Bills lead 26-21-1

LAST MEETING – Bills won at Chiefs, 16-10 on Nov. 26, 2017

LAST WEEK – Chiefs lost to Raiders 40-32; Bills lost to Titans 42-16

AP PRO32 RANKING – Chiefs No. 3, Bills No. 8

CHIEFS OFFENSE – OVERALL (3), RUSH (13), PASS (4).

CHIEFS DEFENSE – OVERALL (20), RUSH (29), PASS (6).

BILLS OFFENSE – OVERALL (5), RUSH (28), PASS (2).

BILLS DEFENSE – OVERALL (17), RUSH (12), PASS (24).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — The game was originally scheduled to be played Thursday night, but pushed back after Buffalo’s game at Tennessee was moved to Tuesday because of a Titans COVID-19 outbreak. … Bills coach Sean McDermott is 1-0 against his mentor and former boss, Kansas City’s Andy Reid. After spending two years as Eagles scouting coordinator, McDermott broke into the NFL coaching ranks as Philadelphia’s assistant to the head coach under Reid in 2001. McDermott worked his way up to become the defensive coordinator before being fired after the 2010 season. … In his fourth season in Buffalo, McDermott is one of five of Reid’s former assistants currently serving as an NFL head coach. … The game features a matchup of two of the NFL’s top passers, with Buffalo’s Josh Allen second in the league with 1,589 yards, and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes fourth (1,474). … The Chiefs, in 2017, drafted Mahomes with the No. 10 pick, which they acquired from Buffalo, who went on to select cornerback Tre’Davious White at No. 27. … Mahomes is one 300-yard passing game from becoming the fourth player with at least 21 in his first four NFL seasons. Kurt Warner had 26, followed by Dan Marino (22) and Andrew Luck (21). … WR Tyreek Hill, last week, became the third Chiefs player to score a TD in each of his first five games to start a season, joining RB Jamaal Charles in 2013 and WR Chris Burford (1962 and ’63). … RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire leads NFL rookies with 344 yards rushing. … The Bills are 18-26 on Monday nights, including a 38-3 win over the Jets in 2014, when the game was pushed back a day and played at Detroit due to a snowstorm in Buffalo. … Allen is the NFL’s first player to top 1,500 yards passing with 14 passing TDs and three rushing through the first five games of a season. … Buffalo’s 139 points scored through five games are the most over that stretch since having 157 in 2011. Last year, by comparison, the Bills combined to score 90 through their first five games. … With 509 yards receiving, Stefon Diggs ranks second in the NFL and is the fourth Buffalo player to top 500 yards in his first five games. He’s the first to do so since Eric Moulds had 530 in 2002. … Buffalo’s 142 points allowed through five games are the most over that stretch since giving up 176 in 2012. By comparison, the Bills allowed 70 points through five games last year. … Opponents have topped 20 first downs in four straight outings, marking the longest stretch against Buffalo since a five-game span from Oct. 22-Nov. 19, 2017. The defense has allowed opponents to convert 60% of third-down chances twice this season, after not doing so once in its first three years under McDermott. … Fantasy tip: Chiefs TE Travis Kelce, coming off his 20th career 100-yard-receiving outing, has a good chance of making it 21 in facing a defense likely to be missing weak-side linebacker Matt Milano (pectoral muscle) for a second straight game. Titans TE Jonnu Smith, on Tuesday, had five catches for 40 yards and two TDs against Buffalo.

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